Saturday Morning D+ Ride. 19.9miles @ 9.2 mph
Richard Radwanski (L), Diane Riley, Dave Serff, Bill Peters, Darla Derrick, Haven Smith, Jack Abiuso, Ken Villwock, Ken Frohnert (S).
Nine riders met at the Olewine Nature Center to enjoy a perfect riding day, with Diane leading us on an approximate 20 mile loop on the Harrisburg Greenbelt. HBC members Bill, Jack and Haven were out with our group for the first time and we took a few moments to get acquainted. Several of the riders took advantage of the nice weather to either ride in from home, or other start locations, to get in a couple of extra ride miles. We also got to check out a couple of newly acquired bikes, Dave's new Jamis and Ken Frohnert's new Breezer, both perfectly suited for the Greenbelt.
From our start location, we headed north along the Wildwood Park Towpath Trail. We passed three of the seventeen "Art In The Wild" sites that are set up in the park between April 7 and Oct 31. These sites are brochure described as "Naturally Inspired Trailside Creations". A trip to Wildwood Park to check out all seventeen sites would probably be well worth the time involved.
After leaving the park and crossing Rt81 toward the river, one of our riders experienced a flat rear tire. It was rather quickly repaired and the group continued on south toward City Island. With the nice weather, we jumped from the pathway onto the Front St. bike lane to avoid the increasing numbers of cyclists and walkers. We managed to cross the island bridge near the end of the "Lead The Way 5K", a West Shore Chamber of Commerce sponsored fundraiser run/walk coordinated by and for local high school juniors. We circled the island after which Dave and Jack, both having prior commitments, parted company with us. The remaining group rolled south along the river passed the Penndot Building before heading east and north along the more unpaved and less traveled sections of the Greenbelt. Our route took us through the Five Senses Garden, being worked on by several dedicated volunteers, and into Paxtang, then past the National Civil War Museum and through East Harrisburg Cemetery. After riding around the Farm Show Complex and Harrisburg Area Community College, we worked our way back to our starting point.
We arrive back at the Olewine Nature Center parking lot at around noon and enjoyed a post ride drink of chocolate milk. Kudos to Darla for completing the longest distance ride in the short time she's been riding. Thanks to Diane for doing her usual excellent job of leading and to Ken Frohnert for keeping the group together as sweep. Refer to the ride link below for route details.