Sun, May 18 2008 - Horse Farm Tour Bike Ride (View Original Event Details)|
Kim Buhrman, Lucas Fisher
|Participants:||Kim Buhrman, Lucas Fisher, maureen maier, Angela Solly, Ali Badii|
When we left Columbia it was sunny, pleasant, and cool. How much that would
later change. We proceeded to caravan up to Hanover, PA where the bike ride
was taking place. The drive took us though some very scenic Maryland and
Pennsylvania countryside foreshadowing the views from the bike ride to come.
After a couple of wrong turns we found the registration pavilion for the bike
ride. (Some of the roads are not very well marked in PA.) As we got out of
the cars we saw some rain drops collecting on the car and dark clouds
approaching. Ali noticed this and decided it wasn't worth riding in the rain
and headed home. Kim was going to do the 10 mile ride with her son, but he
weighed being drenched and cold on his bike, and playing video games at the
grandparent's house. For some reason, the latter won out.
As we registered at the pavilion the rain started pouring down, but we waited
and it let up. We took off down the road on our bikes soon to be greeted by
sight after sight of mother horse and her colt grazing in fields of
brilliantly green grass and clover. We passed a barn and from within a
number of horses stood watching us ride by. It was like they were seeking
refuge from the rain and looking out in anticipation of the rain showers to
come. For the first part of the ride we encountered scattered light showers,
but that changed in the latter half. We stopped for a break and a heavy
shower passed over us providing our first drenching. It subsided and we
continued biking only to catch right back up with the cloud. At this point
one could rightly wonder if Kim's son was much smarter than us. The bike
route turned away from the cloud, and we hoped, away from the rain, but that
was not to be. It rained for the rest of the ride. Luckily the Hanover
Cyclers were waiting at the pavilion with fruit, cookies, hot dogs, brownies,
more cookies, and towels. Of course, it cleared up not long after we arrived
back at the pavilion. Even so, Kim invited us back to her house to warm up
and dry off. There is definitely nothing like riding in the rain and we
proudly made it the whole way.
The Hanover Cyclers put on a great cycling event. The bike route took us
through some beautiful parts of PA. It was apparent they made an effort to
choose a route that took us through different types of countryside and the
city of Hanover. And seeing it in the rain did not detract from that.
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