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Friday, February 10, 2017

MORE GROUP THERAPY

Glenn and I met for dinner at a local Thai place this past Tuesday.  It was great to get together and catch up with each other.  I've not seen Glenn (and most of the other guys...with the exception of Mark) since my surgery in November.  Dinner with Glenn is always a good time and the conversation is easy.  On Tuesday we talked about school (we're both teachers), about our health, and...surprise, surprise...Glenn's new mountain bike. (We all knew, after he rode Kristain's bike for short while back in August, that Glenn would be upgrading!) As we talked mountain biking the conversation naturally included a lot of reminiscing about places we've been and the amazing friends who shared those experiences with us. Without friends there would be no mountain biking...for me, the two things go hand in hand and it's why I love it so much.   Yes...GROUP THERAPY is, in my opinion, the best kind of therapy.
Almost a year ago I wrote about this subject and I posted a few of my favorite group photos...but those who know me know that my collection of pictures is seemingly bottomless!  So...in no particular order, here's dozen of my favorite group pics.  Get ready for some MORE GROUP THERAPY.  Enjoy!

ROCKY RIDGE COUNTY PARK -- SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

Brent Shirk, Kristian Hains, David Raymond, Tim Sindlinger
A beautiful September afternoon and a perfect way to end the work week!
ROCKY RIDGE COUNTY PARK -- YORK, PENNSYLVANIA

DUPONT STATE FOREST, NORTH CAROLINA -- AUGUST 2008

Glenn Medice, Kristian Hains, Dave Raymond, and Mark Lentz
The four of us enjoyed an amazing week of riding in, and around, Pisgah National Forest & Dupont State Forest, North Carolina.
DUPONT STATE FOREST, NORTH CAROLINA

MICHAUX STATE FOREST -- FEBRUARY 28, 2009

Mark Lentz, Dave Raymond, Mike Nardelli, Kristian Hains
Taking a break during a cold February ride near Gargamel's Trail.
MICHAUX STATE FOREST, PENNSYLVANIA 

ALLEGRIPPIS TRAIL SYSTEM -- AUGUST 2, 2016

Kristian Hains, Dave Raymond, Glenn Medice
It was the first time the three of us had ridden together in years...and we picked the perfect place.  Smiles from ear to ear as we navigated the Allegrippis Trails near Raystown Lake.
  ALLEGRIPPIS TRAIL SYSTEM

BLACKWATER FALLS, WEST VIRGINIA -- JUNE 2007

Bill Graves, Mark Lentz, Dave Raymond, Glenn Medice, Mike Nardelli
Our first big trip as a group.  Mark and I had matching bikes...all of us were still riding 26 inch mountain bikes...and Glenn came home with a different bike than what he went there with!
BLACKWATER FALLS, WEST VIRGINIA

MICHAUX STATE FOREST -- JULY 10, 2014

Mark Lentz, Nate Hake, Noah Hake, Dave Raymond
Teachers & Students.  Mark had Nate in class and I was Noah's teacher.  Pretty cool!
MICHAUX STATE FOREST, PENNSYLVANIA

PATAPSCO VALLEY STATE PARK, MARYLAND -- AUGUST 16, 2011

David Raymond, Tim Sindlinger, Mark Lentz, Mike Nardelli
Cascade Falls provides the perfect backdrop for an "almost post-ride" pic in Patapsco Valley State Park.
  PATAPSCO VALLEY STATE PARK, MARYLAND

MARYSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA -- JULY 2008

Kristian Hains, Glenn Medice, Mike Nardelli, Dave Raymond, Mark Lentz
Ok...not an actual ride...but a break in the action at a M.A.S.S. race in Marysville, PA.
MID-ATLANTIC SUPER SERIES

FRENCH CREEK STATE PARK -- MARCH 27, 2010

Kevin Hardy, Tim Sindlinger, Bill Graves, and Dave Raymond
French Creek is a difficult place to ride...but judging by the smiles on our faces the four of us didn't seem to mind!
FRENCH CREEK STATE PARK, PENNSYLVANIA

MICHAUX STATE FOREST -- JULY 26, 2016

Dave Raymond, Tim Sindlinger, Matt Linnane, Glenn Medice, & Mark Lentz
  Enjoying the view from our favorit vista.
MICHAUX STATE FOREST, PENNSYLVANIA


ROCKY RIDGE COUNTY PARK -- AUGUST 24, 2013

Mike Nardelli, Dave Raymond, Tim Sindlinger, Chip Fissel, and Chris Keller
All smiles after climbing up trail #9 at Rocky Ridge!
ROCKY RIDGE COUNTY PARK


DUPONT STATE FOREST, NORTH CAROLINA -- AUGUST 2008

Glenn Medice, Dave Raymond, Kristian Hains, & Mark Lentz
The four of us spent the better part of our last day in Dupont State Forest riding (and re-riding) Ridgeline Trail.  One of my all time favorites!
DUPONT STATE FOREST, NORTH CAROLINA

Life is a journey...not a destination.


Mike Nardelli, Bill Graves, Glenn Medice, Dave Raymond, Mark Lentz
Blackwater Falls, West Virginia -- June 2007


David A. Raymond -- February 10, 2017
To see other group pics check out GROUP THERAPY (originally posted April 3, 2016)


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Here's a list of GARMIN maps and stats from a few of the rides featured in this post:

July 26, 2016 -- Mountain biking in Michaux with Mark, Glenn, Tim, and Matt

August 2, 2016 -- Mountain biking the Allegrippis Trails with Kristian & Glenn

September 23, 2016 -- Mountain biking Rocky Ridge County Park with Brent, Kristian & Tim


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