Name: Second Annual Tour de Fall Foliage and Halloween Special
Stats: Approximately 30 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
Speed: About 12 mph
Start Location: Memorial Lake, *Upper Road Entrance*
This Saturday looks like it might be the best one for viewing the fall foliage. Join us at Memorial Lake, Upper Road Entrance, where restrooms are available at the parking area.
Plan to ride about 30 miles of mostly rural roads thru many wooded areas around the remote outskirts of Fort Indiantown Gap. When we reach Swatara State Park, we will ride down into the park onto the old abandoned highway (old Route 72), cross the Waterville Bridge on the Appalachian Trail, take a short break, and leave the park on Old State Road. We will then also check the foliage along the tree lined and paved portion of the Swatara Rail Trail before returning to Memorial Lake.
There are some hills on this ride, especially during the first half, but that's part of the beauty and most ascents are followed with a refreshing descent. None of the hills are killers and we have all done them (or similar ones) in the past. Ride with GPS shows this route has an elevation gain of 1,400 feet and we will probably average about 12 mph. There are two very short areas of dirt or hard packed gravel, but each one is less than a mile and road bikes have never had any difficulty on the hard packed areas.
In recognition of Halloween, we will stop at the very old and allegedly haunted cemetery where the murder victim of the Blue Eyed Six is buried. We will also pass two cemeteries where four bodies of the six killers were buried after they were hung. I will provide more details before and during the ride, but if you want more information, Google "The Blue Eyed Six".
The D Plus Ride is starting at the same time and location, so couples can come together and choose separate rides, if desired.
Send me an email if you have any questions. In the event of rain, I will send a cancellation email no later than 7:00 Saturday Morning. If the weather is questionable, check your email messages, call, or text me before you leave home.
I think you will like this ride and hope you can make it.
*Note the new starting location. As requested by park personnel, we are meeting this week at the Upper Road Entrance.
Start Location: Varies - see descriptionRide Leader: (click to email)
'Larry RileySunrise Time:
7:33 AMSunset Time: