Saturday Ride, March 12, 2011

Dear Friends,

We're hoping things dry out enough by Saturday that we won't encounter any high water, but our ride does include several creek crossings (kind of hard to avoid around here), so be prepared for an adventure or two.

Please download and print out your own cue sheet and GPS files for Saturday's ride.  Just click on "Cue Sheets" (on the left side of this page), and you'll find them there!  When you open a pdf file, just click on "Print" to print the cue sheet.  If you're unable to print the cue sheet yourself, let me know and I'll bring a hard copy to the ride start for you.  I won't be bringing extra copies of cue sheets to the ride start unless you email me directly and advise me that you're unable to print out your own.

Here what's up:

"FALLING DOMINOES," starting from Silo Hill Parkway, Emmitsburg, Maryland.  **MEETING TIME 8:00 a.m.**  The first 35 miles of the ride are pleasant and familiar Adams County PA fodder.  As we had into York County we'll explore some less familiar roads (including the infamous Mud Run Road), and after entering Cumberland County we'll enjoy some truly lovely riding along the Yellow Breeches Creek on our way to the picturesque village of Boiling Springs.  The village surrounds the charming Children's Lake, which is on the Appalachian Trail.  After a nice lunch at Anile's, we'll climb over South Mountain via Whiskey Springs Road, and then enjoy some very scenic and quite hilly travel through the high orchard country of northern Adams County.   After our last rest stop in Arendtsville the terrain moderates somewhat, and we'll pass the Land of Little Horses on our way back to Emmitsburg.  100 miles, with short options of 69 and 76 miles.  The 76-mile option has a lunch stop at the "other" Rocco's in York Springs, assuming you get there late enough.  Estimated elevation gain for the century 6500 feet (or more).


Directions to the ride start:


From DC Beltway go North on I-270 about 31 miles to Frederick.  Continue north on US15 for about 25 miles, then exit onto MD140 West (AFTER the Seton Ave/Bus.15 exit).  Turn left at the stop sign onto MD140 West.  In about a quarter mile turn right onto Silo Hill Rd at the traffic light (McDonald's on R).  Make your 1st right onto Silo Hill Parkway and park beyond the car wash.