Our next outing is another city to city journey. It is one of my favorite routes; ride short segments of the Rail Trail up to York, PA alternating with short stretches of surrounding roads. You get the peace and quiet of the trail for a few miles and we switch over to road. We roll up and down road in the Little Gunpowder valley for a few miles and switch over to trail.
Sounds great. And it is, but it’s tricky managing these two extremes. The trail is bumpy, so you’ll want a comfortable bike with wider tires. The road segments are hilly, so you’ll want a stiffer bike with narrow tires. Finding the right compromise is up to you. Generally, a road bike with 28-35mm tires and a wide range of gears works well. One nice thing about this ride is that you can easily stay on the trail if the road climbs are too strenuous. Bring a bike bell if you have one- it helps on the trail sections.
Route: On Again/Off Again. 98mi, 7300ft. of climbing
Date/Time: Sunday, April 13th. 7:50AM meet up, 8:00AM push off.
Start: Hunt Valley STARTMAP
Route Map (click EXPORT for GPS files): On/Off Route
Cue Sheet (print one, or ask me to bring you one): On/Off Cue
Start getting in shape now. Monument to Monument is Sunday, May 4th 2012