Saturday, November 03, 2018 - 9:00 am
Saturday Morning Social Ride. 31miles @ 12.5 mph

Albert T Brulo (L), Lori Brulo, Ken Frohnert, Hale Baker, Karen Wagner, Todd Schankweiler, Ann Mahalik, Cristina Truica, Cindy Hogeman, Jim Kearns, Bob Reynolds, Bill Pickering (S).

Name:                  Fall Foliage Ride

Start Location:      Memorial Lake

Climb:                   1,850 ft. or 1,170 ft (Your choice)

Weather At Start:  48 degrees, cloudy, and 15 mph W wind

 

We moved our start time from 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM to successfully avoid the early morning rain. But, there was no avoiding the wind!

We generally sailed west to Fredericksburg with the stiff wind at our back enjoying every minute of the easy ride.  Just after Fredericksburg, we reached a fork in the road.  Left would take us 26 miles directly back to Memorial Lake and right would take us an additional 4 miles uphill, downhill and to Lake Strause.  After some discussion, we all decided to head to Lake Strause to enjoy the fall scenery and take our “break at the lake”.  We were not disappointed as shown by the attached photos. 

And, regarding Lori’s “flat at the lake”, how many bikers and supervisors does it take to change Lori’s flat tire?  Thanks to Hale, Jim, Todd and Cristina for getting their hands dirty and to Ken for providing his expert supervisory support.  After observing my share of flats, I’ve concluded that the speed of the repair is inversely proportional to the number of mechanics and supervisors…LOL.

After repairing the flat, we left Lake Strause into what we all knew was coming…biking straight into the teeth of a ripping west wind.  Everyone hunkered down and ground through it all the way back to Memorial Lake.  And, believe it or not, we still averaged 12.5 mph for the entire ride!  Kudos to everyone!!

Special Kudos to Bob Reynolds who biked from West Hanover Township to Memorial to start the ride and then from Memorial Lake back to West Hanover to end the ride.   Due to the wind, we told Bob he could put his bike in the back of the F-150 and run back home but he passed.  He put in a total of 55 miles on a very windy day!

By the way, I ran 2 different Garmin devices during the bike ride with one registering 1,850 ft of climb and the other 1,170 ft.  So, take your choice.  Just out of curiosity, can you please email your climb data to me if you still have it? 

Al 

 

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