Saturday, August 21, 2010

River Road workout

Last week I had to get a new front tire so I couldn't do any club rides or anything so I just did River Road. I wasn't climbing Alpine fast enough but I think I'm making progress.

Ashokan Reservoir July 18th

Friday, August 20, 2010

Pennsylvania Dutch Country Roads Adventure update

Everything is ready for the big trip. If anyone wanted to sign up last minute there is still room at the motel.
I've got the routes all planned and plotted for the Garmin. We'll take a more meandering route outbound since our rooms await us.

Monday we'll have a great tour of southwest Lancaster county and the eastern portion of York county including crossing two bridges over the Susquehanna.  For lunch on Monday we'll picnic at the Indian Steps Museum. It's closed  Mondays but there are picnic tables on the grounds and taking Indian Steps Road avoids us coming down a hill and having to make a 270 degree turn to continue on.  Dinner on Monday we will partake of the kosher dining facility at Franklin and Marshall College; hopefully we'll get there early enough to see a little of the campus. It's a little over 12 miles further to our hotel and sunset is  7:45 PM, so we'll eat a little earlier to minimize riding in dusk or dark.

Tuesday we'll take Pennsylvania Bicycle Route S back until we are near Valley Forge, where it heads north to far out of our way to Washington Crossing. The least hilly (one can't avoid hills at all but one can try to minimize climbing) route across Pawling is slightly longer: straight down Valley Forge Road is shorter but adds a fairly steep though short (120 feet or so) climb.  Once we get across the river, the Schuylkill trail is a rail trail so it's moderately rolling at most.