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Errandonnee #1 – Work

3/4/16, Errandonnee No. 1

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Category: work
Destination: Geisinger Medical Center
Bike: Trek 520 Disc touring bike/ everyday commuter.
Observation: I thought maybe I should have brought the winter bike (studded tired) today, but my regular bike was okay.
Miles: 23.6 total

I didn’t realize it was snowing until I left the house. It started as just a few flurries, but then it was laying on the road just enough to make it slippery. My regular bike did ok as long as I stuck to the clear spots. The slushy shoulder was slick.
It was clear coming home. I’m so glad it’s Friday!

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Mini Tour Day 2

9/30/15, DAY 2 – Harrisburg, PA to Elkton, MD. 90 miles.  Total miles – 172.58

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My goal was to hit the road by 9am.  I sat and reviewed my route on Google maps and made some notes.  After eating some breakfast I got all packed up and ready to go.  My brother had some contractors at his house and they had to move their stuff for me to get my bike out.  They were very impressed about my trip.  They figured I was headed to work, but my brother told them I was on a 300 mile trip to do a 100 mile ride.

I got my bike and gear outside and noticed I had a flat front tire.  Bummer.  I pulled all the bags off my bike and changed the tube.  There was a wire stuck in the tire.  It was almost 9:30 until I left.  There was a slight drizzle when I took off.  I was on the Capital Area Greenbelt again, but riding reverse direction that I usually go.

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I stopped under a bridge and took a picture of my favorite trail art then kept going.  As I was leaving the city the rain picked up a little.  I made my first stop at a boat launch area by the river and used the port-o-pot.  I had to wait for a (long) train to pass before I could keep going.  A young man in a truck waiting for the train started conversation with me.  He asked where I was headed and I told him Maryland.  We chatted until the train passed.

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I soon found myself on a paved bike trail that I wasn’t expecting.  It was a peaceful retreat from the roads for a few miles.  I was in Lancaster County now.  The rain stopped again.

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I was still on the bike trail and came upon this bridge.

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It had a nice covered area to look at the river.

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Back onto roads I soon stopped for some lunch.  I stumbled upon this Turkey Hill Experience place.  I’ve never heard of it before.  I took a picture of the big cow, went into the convenience store for some quick food, ate some chips and a PB&J, then headed out.  I was already running behind even though I didn’t really have a deadline.

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I got lost briefly after lunch.  The directions wanted me to go on another trail.  The only trail I could find looked like a mountain bike path.  I looked at the map and continued on the road I was riding.  I got a little turned around and wasted more time than mileage (1 mile).  later, I came upon this road (below). This was the worst section of road on the entire trip.  It was 1.4 miles of a goat path through farm country.  There were sections of thick gravel, big rocks, sand and ruts.  I rode most of it and almost crashed several times.  I finally decided to walk the really bad parts.  Thank goodness it was only a short stretch.

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If I remember correctly, this dam and covered bridge were right on or around the PA/MD line.  I never saw any signs telling me I was leaving PA or entering MD.  This was my only covered bridge since I left home yesterday and went through the Rupert bridge like I always do.

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It wasn’t too much longer until I got to the hotel in Elkton, MD.  It started raining again shortly before I got there.  The room wasn’t bad considering I was going for cheap.  I was soaked and my butt hurt when I got there.  I was also starving and decided to order Dominos.  I like their thin crust pizza with veggies and no cheese.  Normally, I can eat an entire large by myself.  I was so hungry that I ordered two!  I don’t’ know what I was thinking. I couldn’t eat it all.  After the pizza finally arrived, I took a hot shower and got into clean dry clothes.  I spent the rest of the night looking at maps, contacting people to let them know I was okay,  watching TV and snacking on junk.

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My home for the night.

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SNOW!……again.

I rode my bike to work this morning somehow refusing to believe that it would snow.  I expected rain; it was about 40 degrees.

I don’t have any windows in my office, but I usually keep a live campus cam (that refreshes every 10 seconds) on my second monitor. A co-worker came in the office today and said “look out your window, it’s snowing”.  It was really snowing; huge flakes.

The ground quickly turned white but the roads were clear. It looked to be okay to ride home, though  I do have a bail-out option. My husband works about 2-3 miles from my work. If necessary I can ride or get a ride there and take his car home. I foolishly decided to ride all the way home (10.5 miles the direct/shortest route).

The first 4 miles were wet but okay. I decided to pull over and put on rain pants since the snowflakes were huge and soaking wet. Mistake. The slushy snow clumped into my cleats. I fumbled with my snow covered mittens and foggy glasses and then noticed that roads were suddenly covered too. I didn’t bother putting on the rain pants since it was taking too long. I fought to get my feet back in the pedals with the slush caked cleats but I got going. The roads were getting bad. I was completely covered in snow and my bike was getting clumped with slush too. My glasses kept getting covered in snow. The snowflakes were huge. At least the road wasn’t slippery. 

I pulled off again at the fairgrounds under cover to clean off some snow. 



I finally put on the rain pants, but I was soaked when I got home. Everything was soaked. My helmet was a snow helmet.



I have wet stuff everywhere that needs to dry for tomorrow and the start of 30 Days of Biking.  I hope the roads clear and don’t freeze.  I hope my stuff dries.



What a crazy ride!

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