West Shore Weekend Email Ride Ride. 31.5miles @ 13 mph
Cynthia Gorski (L), Mike Loe, Dave Kurth, Mark Riordan, Mark Dolheimer, Maggie Emery, Bob Schmidlein, Bonnie Iorfido
The forecast called for a beautiful winter day with possible rain around 4PM, so I planned the start early enough for us to be back by 1:30 PM just in case the rain came early. Of course the forecast changed and at start time the rain was forecasted to come by 1PM! Needless to say I quickly planned another route cutting miles and all the hill climbing. Not only would the hills have taken us longer I also knew if we had significant climbing I would have been left in the dust as everyone tried to hurry up and beat the rain. We rode by Ashcombs to Gettysburg Pike and took Kim Acres off of Rt. 114 to get to Hertzler Rd. We enjoyed the descent and followed Lisburn to Moores Mountain and Trimmer Rd. I love these roads but hate the hills on them. The day was mild and the sky seemed to clear up but it was overcast so it was hard to tell what was going to happen. We rode along the creek on McCormick Rd. and took Mt. Allen Rd. over to the Sheetz. That is another road I love and hate at the same time. Todays ride seemed to be full of those kinds of roads. At Sheetz Mike checked the radar and the dreaded green blob was getting closer to our area, but we still had 90 minutes. We stayed close to home and took a rather zig-zaggy way back to get some more miles in. Bob and Bonnie broke off on Park Dr. as we turned onto Speedway and Dave Kurth broke off on Eppley. I stopped the group on Clouser Rd. to see how everyone felt about extending the route or heading straight back. Mike checked radar again and our old age wisdom kicked in and we thought it was better to be safe than sorry and headed back - according to Maggie it was NOT going to rain. As we turned onto Rt. 174 at 12:05 PM we felt the first drops. Mike broke from the group to head home but Maggie continued back with us, even though she rode in. I guess it wasn’t raining on Maggie! We ended 8 minutes later in a light drizzle. The ride wasn’t as planned but we still had a good time. It’s hard not to when you are on a WSW ride with your friends!