Ride Reports

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 1:00 pm
EZC Ride. 16miles @ 10 mph

Bill Engle (L), Alice Graham and Bill Graham, Aaron Lufberry, James Rogers, Bill Engle , James Rogers (S).

Not much happened except for a pleasant, sociable, sunny. little wind day.  Ya should have been with us.  No incidents except the leader, before the ride, had a flat and had enough time to change it before the ride departed. No eagles, black bears, ground hogs or deer were spotted.

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Monday, March 19, 2018 - 1:00 pm
Silver Spokes Email Ride Ride. 29miles @ 11.6 mph

Marilyn Chastek (L), Dave Miller, Jack Withers, Steve Sells, Karen Nibbelink (S).

It was a great day for a ride with mostly sunny skies and temperatures around 50 degrees. Since it looked like it was going to be the nicest day for quite a while, we were very glad to be out riding. We did a loop from Pleasant View Park to Boiling Springs, where we took some time to enjoy the sun and snacks at Caffe 101.  Then we headed for Mountain Road  to add a few more miles before returning back to the park. We had some good conversation and some if it was focused on Jack's e-bike.  Some time ago, Jack's lungs were damaged by cancer and since then he's been limited just to short, easy rides.  But with the new e-bike he bought last week, he was able to enjoy countryside and the full ride with no problems. What a game changer the e-bike can be for people like Jack! We hope to see him on many more rides.

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 1:00 pm
Mech HS C Ride. 24.02miles @ 11.3 mph

Marie Roof (L), Marilyn Chastek Ed Cashon Gary Ranck Darla Derrich Maddox Smith Bob McKee

We had a nice brisk day for our ride.  There were two new riders to the club, Darla and Maddox.  Welcome!  As we progressed from Mechanicsburg to Boiling Springs, it was determined it might be best to split the group in two.  Marilyn helped with leading and meandering back to the school with part of the group.  I took the remaining riders to Boiling Springs.  We met Bob at Café 101 and  he told us he originally planned on joining us from Mechanicsburg, but knew he would miss the start time in Mechanicsburg.   So Bob, I, and the rest of the crew headed back to Mechanicsburg together.   It was a nice social afternoon and everyone seemed to have a good time. 

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 2:00 pm
East Shore Flex Ride. 26miles @ 13 mph

Albert T Brulo (L), Lori Brulo, Howard Ross, Mark Holmgren, Bob Reynolds


Ride Name:          Manada Golf Course

Start Location:      Boyd’s Big Tree Farm

Climb:                   1,080 ft.

Weather At Start:  52 degrees, sunny, and 8 mph NNW wind

This was supposed to be Ken’s ride to lead but some things came up in the office and he needed to do that 4-letter word…WORK.  So, in dedication to Ken, we biked the route that he so thoughtfully laid out.  Being the good sport, he wished us all a great time on what was likely the best (and only) biking weather of the week!

Howard biked from the Linglestown area to Fort Hunter and then to our starting point at Boyd’s.   We descended the Boyd’s parking lot and headed east on Route 443.  Then, what a surprise, we picked up Larry near Manada Bottom Road on our way to Ridge Road.  Larry biked from his home in Linglestown in the opposite direction of Howard to meet us head on and join our ride.  What an East Shore “Flex” ride with a last minute new leader, Howard biking a clockwise loop to the start, and Larry biking a counter-clockwise loop to meet us.

We took our scheduled break at the Manada Golf Course and then headed back to Boyd’s via Route 443 to make the ascent to the parking lot.  Howard and Larry biked home as they continued on to Fort Hunter to Linglestown.

We're all wishing Mark a fun and safe cross country bike trip from San Diego to Michigan to PA this year.  And, welcome back to Bob.

We were all wondering where Chris was.  Well, as it turns out, he was picking up his slick new Salsa ride at REI.  Guess we’ll give him an excused absence for that.   I wonder how well it rides in the snow?

All-in-all, a good day for almost everyone, sorry Ken!  


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Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00 am
Saturday Morning Social Ride. 24.7miles @ 11.9 mph

Larry Riley (L), Hale Baker, Lori Brulo, Al Brulo, Ken Frohnert, Amanda Harrison, Jim Kearns, Joanne Martin, Dick Norford, Howard Ross, Scott Silverstine, Cristina Truica, Susan Tussey, , Chris Wright (S).

We had a nice turnout of fourteen riders on this brisk St. Patrick's Day morning with most riders sporting something green to recognize the occasion.  Welcome back to Cristina, Amanda, Chris and Mr. Wonderful, who for various reasons, we haven't seen in a few weeks.

Some Irish bloke named Riley led us on roads south of Route 22 over to the Pine Road bald eagles nest where we could see the white head of one of the eagles sitting in the nest.  No signs of the other eagle, but chances are it wasn't too far away.  The sky was blue and partially sunny for much of the ride as the temperature climbed from the low thirties to the low forties with several riders making clothing adjustments along the way.  

We took our planned break at a very quiet Memorial Lake before heading back to the start location.  The return trip was a bit breezy with a headwind for the last ten miles, but the luck of the Irish was with us as we had no flats, mechanicals, dog bites, or any other issues this week.  We returned to the parking lot at 11:45 am with the temperature a very comfortable 43 degrees.

Once back in the parking lot, we semi-celebrated the event with St. Patrick Day cupcakes, shamrock cookies and, of course, chocolate milk.  Chris provided some Irish trivia with explanations that Eirinn go Brach means "Ireland forever" and also why the Irish flag is green, white and orange.  The green represents the Catholics, the orange the Protestants and the white peace between them.  Cristina explained that kissing the Blarney Stone would grant one the ability to speak with great eloquence.

Thanks to Chris for the usual superb job sweeping.

If interested, the below link show our exact route and other ride data:


Hope to see everyone next week for the first Saturday ride of Spring!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!





Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 1:30 pm
Mech HS C Ride. 27miles @ 12.5 mph

Maggie Emery (L), Joh Gehrlein, Cindy Gorsky, Ray Kanth, Dave Kurth, Chris Seier

What a wonderful day for a late-winter ride, with blue skies and oodles of sunshine! We set out on an urban course for New Cumberland. Ray said it was the first time he had been on a club ride that ventured east of the high school! This could also be dubbed the Cemetery Ride, since we rode past three graveyards: Mechanicsburg, Rolling Green and Mt. Olivet on Lewisberry Road. We enjoyed a lovely downhill along Limekiln Road, and stopped at the convenience store near the entrance to Route 83 for a quick break. We crossed briefly into York County before looping around near the Capital City Airport and heading into New Cumberland. We hung a right on Third Street and a left on Bridge Street, eventually crossing into Lemoyne and then weaving our way back to Mechanicsburg. We had to backtrack a bit when we encountered a road closure on Allendale -- bonus mile! Chris and Cindy said goodbye at Marble and Market streets, while the rest of us rode on to the high school. In addition to chirping birds and people making use of softball diamonds and tennis courts, another sure sign of spring was Chris joining us for today's ride. We're glad you came out of hibernation!

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:30 am
West Shore Weekend Email Ride Ride. 51miles @ 12.9 mph

Cynthia Gorski (L), Joe Carr Riders: Keith Spangler, Dave Kurth, Mark Dolheimer, Lou Searles, Rhonda Peck, Mike Loe, Howard Davison, Chris Shelly Carlisle Giant Riders: Doug Tosten, Bonnie Iorfido

Nine riders met at Joe Carr and we picked up two more riders at the second start at the Carlisle Giant.  After welcoming Doug, a first time WSW rider, we headed off in search for that pot of gold!  We battled a headwind into Carlisle and turned onto McClures Gap Rd., we crossed over McAllister Rd. and followed the creek to Graham Woods and Potato Rd., all the while looking for our treasure.  We stopped at Meadowbrook Gourd Factory for a break and they were having a holiday event.  We sat on the porch in rocking chairs while we waited for Lou to eat a bowl of meatball soup.  Back on the road we continued south through Mountrock, with no sign of any gold.  Maybe this pot of gold is nothing but a bunch of blarney.  Our return trip blessed us with a nice tailwind and when we turned onto Rt. 11 Mike took the lead and pulled us three miles to Shagbark Rd.  We flew – thank you Mike!  On Shagbark we showed Doug the “house that moved” and enjoyed the display of Snow Drops blooming along the road.  We stopped at K-mart for a break then headed back.  As we passed by Spring Garden Rd. Doug dropped off to head back to Giant.  Bonnie dropped off on Forge Rd. and as we entered the pothole section of Lindsey Rd. Mike broke off.  The rest of us continued on accidentally dropping Lou when his chain fell off as we turned onto Rt. 174.  We turned onto Old Stonehouse Rd. and as we passed by the big old tree we spotted it – yep the Pot of Gold!   There it was – at the end of the ride, complete with a rainbow!  We all shared the gold and rejoiced in our good luck.  We thanked Dave the leprechaun for meeting us there and Rhonda and Dave headed home while the rest of us met Lou back at Joe Carr.  It was a great St. Patrick’s Day ride!  
P.S.  Those three previous WSW over the mountain rides sure did give us luck!


Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 1:15 pm
East Shore Flex Ride. 21miles @ 10.5 mph

Albert T Brulo (L), Lori Brulo, Hale Baker, Chris Wright, Susan Tussey


Ride Name:          Harrisburg Greenbelt

Start Location:      East Shore Side of Walnut Street Bridge

Climb:                   520 ft. 

Weather At Start:  48 degrees, sunny, and 7 mph NNW Wind

4 HBC members volunteered their time this sunny and warm Sunday afternoon to lead both the 5K and 10K Lucky Charm road running races in Harrisburg including Lori, Hale and Chris.  It’s always fun to help out while riding a bike!  Sounds like a “2fer” to me.

Immediately after the road races, we met up with Susan at the Walnut Street bridge to begin our Greenbelt ride at 1:15 PM.  Susan biked from the Linglestown area to the start adding miles to her trip.  Her 2fer was saving gas while getting more bike miles.  Way to go, Susan!

We biked counterclockwise around the Greenbelt and biked the spur to Veterans Park.  We made our scheduled stop at Wildwood Lake  Then, we headed north up Industrial Road (refer to above wind direction) where we stopped to confirm if the dead large bird with a white head in the brush was indeed a Bald Eagle.  Upon closer inspection, the head was missing but we still concluded that it was some sort of a very large waterfowl bird with its webbed feet.

We had a safe and enjoyable ride without any dogs chasing us!


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Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00 am
Saturday Morning D+ Ride. 18miles @ 11.1 mph

Richard Radwanski (L), Dave Serff, Ken Villwock

Happy St. Patrick's Day! On the last Saturday morning ride of winter, three D Plus riders rode out from East Hanover Twp. Park just ahead of a large group of C riders. Windspeed diminished since yesterday, thankfully, and temps weren't too bad with the sun shining. This route was a good early year workout with some long, but not too steep, hills. We traveled north through the Manada Gap area, then east circling the Penn National/Hollywood Casino complex, before riding through Shellsville and returning to the park. Hopefully, with spring arriving next Tuesday, nicer weather will soon be here. Refer to the below ride link for route details.