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Susquehanna Paradise - A Bob Wagner Checkout Ride

Susquehanna Paradise - A Bob Wagner Checkout Ride

The Final Report
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My day started at about 3am when I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep, which was probably a good thing since I would have likely felt like crap after waking up a second time. As it was, I felt pretty good.

I checked my messages and saw that Jack Mallicote (Facebook denizen and very strong cyclist) had decided to take a rain check due to transportation issues.

I knew I needed to get some breakfast in me. All I had in the house was leftover dinner from last night--a second quart of shrimp fried rice, so I started choking down as much as I could tolerate chased with coffee.

In the meantime, I'm posting status to Facebook.

I emailed Bob Wagner to let him know that I will be leaving my house at 4:30am--plenty of time to get to Performance Bicycle Shop in Towson.

On the way to Towson, I stopped at a 7-11 on Old Harford Rd to get something to substitute for chamois cream. I picked up some Advil and "sport" sun lotion, too, just in case.

It was just about 5:30am when I arrived at Performance. I woofed down the second of two bananas as I waited for Bob to arrive.

It was about 5:50am when Bob came rolling up. We chatted for a while then headed up the first climb of the day, Manor Rd, but not after a thrilling descent down Saytr Hill Rd!

Manor Rd->Old Joppa->Norrisville Rd

Just before Norrisville, Bob and I are passed by a truck with a 60s Peace Sign sticker on the back. It's Carl! Shortly, we meet up with Carl at a gas station/convenience store at Rt 23 and Draco Rd near Wiley--basically, right on the Mason-Dixon Line.

Bob and I grab more supplies from the convenience store. Carl continues to prep his bike. Within a half hour, we head out.

Rt 24->Stewartstown, Winterstown, North Hopewell, Red Lion

Rt 624->We start another thrilling descent from Red Lion towards Bittersville, Martinsville, then Craley

Long Level Rd parallels the Susquehanna. There's many historic sites along this road and great views, obscured this morning by fog.

Two more fast and long descents punctuated by long climbs lead us to Wrightsville where we pick up Rt 462.

We wind our way through Columbia, PA--the town on the other side of the Wrightsville Bridge and find ourselves challenged by a climb up Kinderhook Rd. After the long slog up Long Level Rd, we were cursing Bob at this point.

At Mt Joy, we head east heading directly into Amish countryside--East Petersburg, Neffsville, Landis Valley, Hunsecker, south into Irishtown, then Paradise. Bob mentions at the last stop that he's not feeling his best.

From Paradise, we start heading southwest to Gap Rd where we stop for lunch. Bob is starting to "tank" / "bonk" (getting low on energy)  Everyone hopes lunch will pick him up.

We continue through Strasburg passing the train museums along the way.

We continue south taking westward tacks periodically.

By the next water stop, we can hear the distant roll of thunder. people at the store are speaking about a tornado warning. I try to make my stop as quickly as possible, and in the process lose my house key (didn't realize until I got home) when I went to pay for water and something to ease chamois chafing.

Finally, we're back on the road. It seems we're heading into the storm as we travel west on River Rd. I notice small ice crystals landing on the road--hail!  The rain starts coming down harder the further west we head. Motorists along the way warned us about a possible tornado, but we pressed on. At the last convenience store, I stated that if we got hail and the winds started to really pick up, we should find cover somewhere.

By the time we reached Holtwood, we passed through the worst--which was along the Muddy Run Reservoir. All three of us were completely drenched by now. Along that stretch, I was concerned about Carl, since he had no lights on his bike, at all, and there was motor vehicle traffic, but he survived.

Bob, on the other hand, seems rejuvenated! He says he's feeling great now and all thought of shortcutting the ride is evaporating. It seems the hard rain did him some good.

Next is a cold fast descent across the Holtwood Bridge on Rt  372. But, we warm back up as we climb out the other side up to Rt 74, Delta Rd.

We continue south. Rt 74->cross the Mason Dixon->Rt 136 to Dublin.
From here, I'm a little hazy about our route. Bob and I say goodbye to Carl, who needs to head back to Norrisville to get back to his truck. (By this time my GPS is locked up. I think Bob and I ride to Poole Rd->Trappe Church Rd->Darlington Rd->Level Rd->Hopkins->Aldino->Carsins Run->Nova Scotia (unpaved)->Creswell->Calvery->Cedar Ln (unpaved)->Wheel (partially unpaved), then Emmorton Rd.

At this point, Bob is riding on fumes again. He wants to take an extended break at a McDonalds.

We go in and dry off as much as possible, have a meal, but Bob says he's done. He uses my cell phone to call for help.

In the meantime, my butt is chafed like a mo-fo! Once I finish saying my goodbyes to Bob, I head down the road, standing on the pedals much of the time.

Rt 924->Abingdon->Rt 40 (climb out of Edgewood; climb up to Days Cove Rd)->Vincent Rd->Bird River Rd->Rt 43 trail->Rt 43->Bengies Rd->Wampler Rd->Martin Blvd->Compass->Fuselage->High Villa->Golden Tree->Orems->Golden Ring->Mace->Ida->Cedar->Upperlanding-Royal Farm Store for a well deserved quart of chocolate milk. From there, home is only about 0.2 miles further.

Wow! What a ride!

Next, I break into my house, because I discover that I lost my house keys! Great (effin') finish to the day!

Did I mention that my butt feels like sashimi!

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Distance:    185.54 mi
Time:        12:30:42 h:m:s
Elevation Gain:    10,720 ft
Avg Speed:    14.8 mph


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http://connect.garmin.com/activity/92114098

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Edited by: Isaias O'Daniell - Jun-15-11 08:35 am

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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Thank you Isaias for another (long) day on the road.
Here's my version of the day: http://bikingbeerandtoast.blogspot.com/ … hanna.html

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Rain , Trains & Automobiles ! ! !
Great reports gentlemen.
 
Got back to my truck @ 5:55 w/o incident.Although, a white minivan blew by me going @ least 50 mph with mere inches between us.

I liked the route I chose to get back to my truck. It looks like I rode 11.2 miles after we departed ,though, it seemed like more. Which puts my mileage total @ 109ish.

Most of the route was VERY beautiful / scenic & very low traffic. I can see why some folks choose to drive far,far away to do these types of rides, but I still have a hard time justifying doing so.

  Thanks,for the milesmilesmilesmilesmiles :-)
   Carl

ps, had to hit the snooze button far too many times, but was able to drag myself out of bed & bang out another 11 hours @ work today.

pps, flipped on the radio as I was pulling out my driveway to meet you.This is what came blaring out -
"I'm going off the rails on a crazy train" ! !
M-A-D-N-E-S-S :-O
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ihpnwOaJy8

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It was a great ride with even greater company!

2013 mileage=12,169 miles;
2014 mileage=5,156 miles;
2015  mileage=6,200 miles;
2016 mileage=17,503 miles;

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