the Daves northbound on the NCR from 2011Ready for spring? Me too. The Ramble has been around long enough now that I’m starting to repeat myself. Not just in routes, but in scheduling too. This month I’m running On Again/Off Again again. Although I’ve made made many changes in the ride since I first designed it back in 2008, the current version feels like a final state. On Again/Off Again uses the NCR and Heritage rail trails as well as the wandering roads on either side to take us up to York, PA and back. We alternate back and forth from trail to road in ten mile stretches. By the time you get tired of the trail, we move to pavement. By the time you’re tired of climbing, we transition back to the flatness of the NCR. The trail is bumpy and the surrounding roads are quite hilly so you’ll be most comfortable on a relaxed road bike with your widest tires. This ride is a great seasonal excursion. We’ll have all-day views of the trees bursting out in green as well as great vistas from the tops of our climbs. There is always a lot of entertainment from farm animals along the trail and great old country churches tucked into the surrounding woods. Make no mistake, this is a hilly ride. Tweaking over the years has flattened it considerably, but there’s still about 5,000 ft. to climb and those feet are nearly all in the fifty road miles since the trail is almost flat. One very nice thing, however, is that you can shortcut the ride at any of the five crossovers. We’ll have rests in New Freedom at 25 and 75 mile points and lunch at Genova’s in York, PA. THE DETAILS:
Start: Sunday, April 1st, 2012. Meetup at 7:50AM. Push off at 8:10AM (firm)
Place: SE corner of York and Ashland rds. Hunt Valley. start location
Map/GPS/Metrics: On/Off Map
Cue sheet: On/Off Cue
Beware, this time of year can be devilish for long distance riding. Weather can vary wildly, so be prepared with multiple clothing options and dependable equipment.
I hope to have you along for the ride.