Ride Reports

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 10:00 am
Silver Spokes Email Ride Ride. 42.5miles @ 12.8 mph

Cynthia Gorski (L), Dave Kurth, Mike Loe, Howard Davison, Rhonda Peck, Ray Kanth

The day was gloomy with lots of cloud cover and grey skies and I think anyone staying indoors would think it was cold and miserable looking.  Not the case at all for the six riders gathering at Joe Carr.  The mild temperature today made for a very pleasant ride.  We headed toward Carlisle to ride along the scenic backroads.  The winter gives such a different perspective and opens up our sight distance creating vast open fields.  Ray had not ridden in a while and was apprehensive about riding 42 miles so he and Dave turned right on Alexander Springs (to cut off 10 miles) when the rest of us turned left.  Well not really the rest of us made that left because the jack rabbits Mike and Howard were ahead of the leader and “assumed” we were continuing straight ahead.  As Rhonda and I turned left we caught a glimpse of Howard and Mike and thought “they are on their own ride”, but the “we can’t do that to them” side of us came out and we turned around to catch up to them.  I changed the route a bit to allow for the “detour” and before you knew it we were back on track.  Dave and Ray stopped at the Walnut Bottom Diner to enjoy a late breakfast and by the time the rest of us got to Kmart, they were finished and we regrouped for the ride back – perfect timing!  The sky looked like it was ready to burst open with rain but it seemed to clear up as we headed east.  We rode by Walmart, through the school on the bike path and past the Carlisle airport to Forge Rd.  Rhonda dropped off to head home as we turned on Lindsey and we made it back happy to have ridden before the cold weekend keeps us in.  It was a great WSW and Silver Spokes ride!


Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 11:30 am
East Shore Flex Ride. 31miles @ 13 mph

Albert T Brulo (L), Lori Brulo, Chris Wright, Dick Norford (Almost), Cindy Hogeman, Larry Riley, Mark Holmgren

 

Ride Name:          Koons To EHT Park To Rt. 443 to Ft. Hunter to Koons

Start Location:      Koons Park

Climb:                   1,310 ft.

Weather At Start:  36 degrees, partly sunny and calm

 

Wow, what a difference 2 days makes in the weather.  After recording our all-time 2nd longest streak of the temperatures staying below 32 degrees, the sun came out yesterday and did its job on the snowy shoulders.  And, today the temperatures rose to 39 degrees by the end of our ride.  This was the break that we were looking for.

Both Larry and Mark biked to Koons Park.  Dick showed up with his bike at Koons Park to ride but then unexpectedly needed to return home leaving us with 6 bikers.  We headed out towards the East Hanover Township Park via neighborhoods and a few country roads.  Then we made our way to Route 443 which took us to Fort Hunter.  We took a break at Fort Hunter where we admired the “locked up” Susquehanna River, a leftover from the frigid days going back to Christmas.  Then we headed back to Koons Park via Front Street and Route 39.  This was a safe ride with no issues with the minor exception of one dropped chain.

Al 

 

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Monday, January 01, 2018 - 9:30 am
West Shore Weekend Email Ride Ride. 21miles @ 11 mph

Cynthia Gorski (L), Jim Thomas, Maggie Emery, Mark Dolheimer

Another year over and a new one begins.  Four hard core, determined riders met to brave the cold and ride on the first day of January 2018 – yippee!   The start time temperature was 12 degrees with the feel like temperature at negative 1 degree.  Maggie and Mark rode to the start with Maggie traveling 10 miles so her start time temperature was about 8 degrees!  I believe this is the coldest any of us have ridden in – exhilarating!  We rode 6 miles to warm up and get the blood flowing before the 3 mile climb up White Rock.  The lake in Boiling Springs was magical with the mist rising off the water and the bells attached to our bikes rang out the start of a new year of riding.  Maggie took the lead as we started the climb and soon disappeared from our sight as we slowly pedaled our way up.  The climb helped warm us up and at the top we were greeted by the WSW mascot Gorilla Man and Dave Gorski who passed out the sparkling cider – thanks Doug and Dave!  Mark made it to the top first, then I arrived but where was speedy Maggie?  Jim then joined us and finally we saw Maggie summiting.  It turns out Maggie took the longer and steeper way up along Kuhn Rd. the entire way.   We toasted in the New Year with wishes of health and safe riding and had our pictures taken.  We didn’t want to stay up there long and lose all our body heat so we started the descent.   The ride down was COLD – Brrrrrrr, but we made it to the bottom with all our fingers and toes.  We weren’t too horribly cold so we continued along Creek road for the longer way back.  Parts of the creek were frozen over which I have never seen before so it must be cold out.  The scenery was nature at rest – quiet, serene and beautiful, a sleeping world, and there we were zipping along like the only living creatures not hidden away hibernating – we were ALIVE!  We finished the ride at the Gorski house and went inside to warm up and enjoy hot beverages as the Rum Cakes were passed around.   I had Jim pick his cake last because he had already won a lucky golden dollar in 2015 so once Maggie and Mark picked their cakes there was only one left for Jim.  SURPRISE!  Jim got the lucky golden dollar!  Boy, that was lucky!   A WSW ride is such a great way to start the New Year!  Oh, and Maggie rode back home – way to go Maggie! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!


Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 10:00 am
Silver Spokes Email Ride Ride. 30.5miles @ 12.3 mph

Cynthia Gorski (L), Dave Kurth, Howard Davison, Dave Miller, Jim and Ellen Thomas

Six riders met at Joe Carr Field with only 2 driving to the start.  The temperature ranged from 29 to 39 degrees for our ride which was rather balmy and felt quite warm after the freeze we just went through, and yesterdays 40+ degrees cleaned off the roads nicely.  We headed out toward Mt. Holly Springs and I was so busy talking to Dave K. that I accidentally cut out about 5 miles of my route so when we got on Leidigh Rd. I added some miles by talking Criswell Dr.  You know the old poop loop which is no longer a loop but an in and out now.  It was nice to ride along the creek and there was even a fisherman sitting along the bank trying to get a catch.  After we doubled back we climbed two short hills, Gutshall and Red Tank.  I added a few more miles by taking Autumn Rd. that quaint little tucked away gem.  Mike Loe was riding along Park Dr. when he spotted us turn and he joined us for a while.  We stopped at Sheetz for a break and then rode through Mt. Holly Springs Cemetery over to Ladnor Rd.  From there we eventually made our way back.  The day was fantastic so when we finished I asked the group if anyone wanted to ride a bit more.  There were no takers so I escorted Jim and Ellen back to South Middleton Park where their car was.  Dave Kurth got more miles in by riding home. 


Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 1:00 pm
East Shore Flex Ride. 32miles @ 12 mph

Albert T Brulo (L), Lori Brulo, Chris Wright, Bob Reynolds, Larry Riley

 

Ride Name:          Levitz Memorial Park

Start Location:      Koons Park

Climb:                   1,500 ft.

Weather At Start:  27 degrees, sunny, and 9 mph W wind

 

A group of 5 riders braved the cold weather knowing full well that it’s only going to get colder this week.  So, we held our noses and jumped into the ride that might be our last for more than 1 week.  As it turned out, the weather wasn’t that bad and we got all 32 miles in.  In fact, we all decided to finish our ride by biking up Appleby Road to the top of the mountain at Piketown instead of taking the easy route home along Manada Bottom Road.

Chris had some special motivation for this ride.  As a new biker in 2017, he passed the 3,000 mile mark during the ride, rode at least once per week and conquered his first century ride.  Congratulations!  Chris even wore out his front tire when he noticed the tube was poking through a gash in the sidewall.  So, he performed an emergency hernia operation and finished the ride.

Also, Bob tacked on an additional total of 10 miles and Larry an additional 5 miles as they biked from their homes to Koons Park and back.  And, Lori ran 6 miles before the ride.  Whew, they’re making me tired just thinking about it.

Al 

 

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Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 12:00 pm
West Shore Weekend Email Ride Ride. 32miles @ 12 mph

Cynthia Gorski (L), Dave Kurth, Keith Spangler


Another great day for a winter ride.  The temperature ranged from 15 to 19 degrees but the sunny skies and low winds were the key to our enjoyment.  The regular winter riders Dave and Keith rode in and we kept the route simple.  Just to be outside and in the sunshine riding was really all that was needed.  We headed out to Mt. Holly Springs on salt brine dusted white roads.  Every time a car passed by a great white salt cloud entered the air.  We rode along Leidigh Rd. and decided to climb Gutshall and later Red Tank roads apprehensive about their condition because they are in the shade.  There was a bit of packed snow and slush here and there but we were able to ride around those patches easily.  Surprisingly the downhill sections were relatively clean.  We stopped at Sheetz for a very quick break and spoke about the cold with an employee who was changing the garbage bags in the trash cans outside.   She had three coats on to keep warm.   We rode through Mt. Holly Springs Cemetery pointing out the rock slab grave markers to Keith.  While on Hollenbaugh Rd. we all commented how it is one of our favorites, reminding us of a simple time gone by.  Our last few miles took us on Rt. 641 and Keith dropped off by Hickory Rd. to take the back way home and Dave continued along Rt. 641 to head straight home.  I followed Dave until Simmons Rd. and then headed home myself.  It was another cold but great WSW ride!


Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 1:00 pm
East Shore Flex Ride. 27miles @ 12.5 mph

Howard Ross (L), Mark Holmgren, Larry Riley, Amanda Harrison, Scott Silverstine

Amanda needed to ride after being off of her bike all week and ready to wear her brand new Christmas jersey, so we rode the Manada loop; leaving from Gold's Gym on Linglestown Road and out to Manada Gap, up to 443 to Manada Botton, Moyer and back through Linglestown.  Amanda needed coffee, so a stop at St Thomas Roasters gave her the opportunity to purchase a pound of really good coffee and for Scott to use the facility! (The four men on this ride were really gentlemen! :-) )

A happy holiday to all; Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza, Happy New Year! 

 


Wednesday, January 03, 2018 - 1:00 pm
Silver Spokes Email Ride Ride. 29.1miles @ 13.7 mph

Howard Davison (L), Cindy Gorski Dave Miller Dave Kurth Keith Spangler

The third time was the charm! After canceling this ride twice for cold and windy weather, we finally got it. Five hardy riders braved beautiful 22 degree, no-wind, sunny weather. We rode from TJ Rockwells to Boiling Springs, north to Hollowbrook Rd, then back down Bernheisel and the Locust Points to TJ's. We ended just as it was starting to get cold. Although Cindy complained of being too warm for most of the ride.

Unfortunately, one rider who was a little disoriented after three weeks in Africa, showed up for the ride on Thursday instead of Wednesday. While his heart was in the right place (ready to ride in the snow and cold), he wasn't.


Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 9:30 am
West Shore Weekend Email Ride Ride. 32miles @ 12.6 mph

Cynthia Gorski (L), Dave Gorski, Dave Kurth, Jim and Ellen Thomas, Ken Frohnert, Chris Ditlow, Emery Ehrenfeld, Kelly Szymczyk

Pleasant weather today prompted another ugly sweater ride.  Nine riders showed up to head out to Kings Gap, including my husband Dave (as an early Christmas present to me), and Ken who was riding with WSW for the first time – welcome Ken!  Many of us had on our ugly sweaters and had bells jingling on our bikes to give the ride some holiday cheer.  The route was relatively flat and we followed the usual roads out towards Dickinson Township.  We stopped at the Mt. Holly Sheetz for a quick break (since we were not climbing to the mansion where the rest rooms were) and then made our way west.  We regrouped at the Kings Gap store where Emery broke off.  Jim and Ellen broke off too because Jim HAD to climb that damn hill (He is training for the WSW New Year’s Day ride).  On the return trip I tried to stay off of Rt. 174 as much as possible by taking Yellow Breeches, Landor and W. Springville roads.  Chris Ditlow broke off in Mt. Holly Springs and Dave Gorski broke off at the Zion Rd. bridge to take a shorter way back.  Ho-ho-ho – I felt like Santa Claus dropping off riders as gifts!  We did ride on 174 for about 3.5 miles in order to keep the ride down to 32 miles, but the traffic was low.  The sun came in and out during the ride and the day was a lot nicer than I though it would be.  The forecast is calling for very windy conditions his week so it was nice to get the blood flowing today on another great WSW ride.  Have a Very Merry Christmas!