Big Beautiful Saturday Ride - Three Babes in the Woods

Dear Friends,

I'm sorry to be so late announcing this, but life got in the way this week.  We do have a really wonderful ride planned for tomorrow!  If you are able to join us, please download and print out your own cue sheet and overview map for tomorrow's ride directly from the DCCenturyRides blog,  Just click on "Cue Sheets" (on the left side of the page), and you'll find them there!  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.  Please don't try to use the so-called "cue sheet" that appears on the left side of the RWGPS map!

Here's the scoop:


"Three Babes in the Woods," starting from Silo Hill Parkway, Emmitsburg MD.  **MEETING TIME 7:30 a.m.**  This is going to be a doozy of a ride, with 4 major climbs sure to get your blood pumping.  The route heads north through Adams County PA fruit orchards, climbs over South Mountain on Whiskey Springs Road, and then breezes into Mount Holly Springs for a nice lunch at Sicilia Pizzeria and Subs (or possibly another choice, depending on how we feel). Next is the beautiful climb up to the Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, where we'll definitely regroup and enjoy the fantastic panoramic view of the Cumberland Valley below from the mansion's shaded balcony.  Climb #3 takes us back over South Mountain via PA233 (ay-yay-yay) and down into Pine Grove Furnace, where, if it has opened for the season, we'll have another rest stop at the Pine Grove Furnace Store.  Climb # 4 is the long and winding Bendersville Road over Piney Mountain.  After a brief descent, we'll "enjoy" several more ups & downs before eventually swooping down toward Arendtsville on PA234.  We'll visit Cashtown and Orrtanna on the way back to Emmitsburg, with a final and very welcome rest stop at the Crossroads Grill & General Store.  Some of the highlights of this beautiful, challenging ride include the Mid-Atlantic Soaring Center, the Land of Little Horses, the Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, "three babes in the woods," and Pine Grove Furnace. The scenery is truly spectacular, especially with everything blooming right now and, in the words of Dr. DeMento, "there's lots of downhill."  101 miles of fun!  Here's the link to the detailed RWGPS map:

Estimated elevation gain 7500 feet.  DON'T believe RWGPS on this one!

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.