The challenge of getting through Lancaster is a daunting one. Go around or go straight through? So all ride leaders have made the mistake of creating a meandering route through the city rather than a direct one and finally, all ride leaders have asked to borrow a pair of cycling gloves because we forgot to bring ours, even though the missing pair of gloves is sitting on the hood of the ride leader's car. BUT, have any of us ride leaders committed all of these mistakes on the same ride? Until today, April 27th, a day which will live in infamy, nope, never happened before.
Leaving the food stop, we got on to more fantastic roads including Culp, Unger, 374, Big Pine, Kreashbaum, Starr, Wildcat Hollow, Pleasant Valley, 180, etc.... including Sullivan, the rock strewn road up the back side of Firetower Road. Actually, Sullivan is not the back side but probably more like the "side side" and I am sure the home owners have never seen a bike on that road before today. As we all pushed our bikes, Steve O yelled to me, "You better filet Dan over this" and I am all to happy to do so, tongue firmly in cheek and appreciative of his efforts at putting together the ride. After the ride, some of us stopped at a local pizza place that is a favorite of Steve O's. It was easy to see why it would be a favorite. Good food, good atmosphere and lots of women with missing teeth. Oh, we finished with 86 miles and 6000' of climbing. Others finished with 98 miles and 7500' of climbing.
The starting point is Bloom Carroll HS (same as Fall HOOT). We roll at 9am.
Regarding the pace...It will be like our typical Saturday rides. I'm sure some will want to attack some hills and spin up others. No worries either way. We can regroup at the top of each climb and keep everyone together. We did this on the Great Seal ride last Saturday and it worked out great. Steve and I just want the hill work and miles and its always more fun with more people!
I'm going to load the route into my Garmin, so between this and the limited supply of maps Mark will provide, we should be good. Hope to see you there! Note the refueling stops are at mile 42, 65 and/or 80.