Saturday Morning D+ Ride. 22.2miles @ 9.6 mph
Richard Radwanski (L), Diane Riley, Jack Boger, Diana Bermingham, Thomas Au, Cindy Strine, Bob Wetten, Jill Bradley, Dave Serff (S).
We started this Saturday Morning's D Plus Ride on a beautiful morning from the south lot of Wildwood Park with 9 riders. This was the first D Plus ride with our group for Thomas, Cindy, and Bob, and they couldn't have picked a nicer ride. Dave rode to the start from his home in Linglestown and volunteered to be our sweep. Prior to the start, Diane provided pink ribbons to all riders, many of whom were already sporting pink clothing items to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and maps of the Greenbelt loop to keep for future reference. We headed north on the Towpath Trail, then across Rt81 on Rt39. We then rode south on 6th St, Green St, and Front St, passing the Peace Garden and Riverfront Park. A ride across the Harvey Taylor Bridge, with a clever under bridge loop on the other side, provided us with a magnificent view of the Harrisburg skyline and City Island from the west shore. We continued on to loop City Island before going down the cement river path riding directly beside the Susquehanna River which provided a different view and perspective to the area. After passing the Penn DOT Building, we meandered along Spring Creek and took a brief stop at the Five Senses Garden. At this point, we started heading north through Paxtang, then past the National Civil War Museum in Penbrook, and the East Harrisburg Cemetery. It is amazing how rural and hidden most of this portion of the Greenbelt is considering we were looping metropolitan Harrisburg. While in the area of the Farm Show Complex, just a couple of miles from the ride end, one of our group had a flat tire. A team effort had the tire repaired rather quickly and we completed our ride by traveling through the HACC complex and a paved newer portion of the trail to Wildwood Park. Post ride, we enjoyed pink lemonade and pink ribbon bagels (only available this month from Panera Bread), all supplied by Diane Riley, who is justifiably proud of her breath cancer survivor status. We all agreed this is a ride we should do again… look for it scheduled in the near future. Refer to the below ride link for route details.