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Sunday, October 28, 2018

REBOUNDING

Last Friday's ride weighed heavily on me all week long.  Physically, it took me more than a couple of days to bounce back from bouncing off of the unforgiving ground that makes up Rocky Ridge County Park.  Mentally, I fell into that "mountain biking funk" where I knew that all I had to do was get out on my bike and have a good ride...but my body, my schedule and the weather weren't being cooperative.  Truth be told, I wasn't even planning on riding on Friday until some already established plans fell part early in the afternoon...allowing me a small window of time to get out on my bike and rebound from last week.

My Stumpjumer on the ridge above Lake Williams. -- October 26, 2018

I opted for a ride around  Lake Williams over, what would have been, my fifth consecutive mountain bike ride at Rocky Ridge.  Besides, after last week, I figured a change of scenery (and terrain) would be a good thing.  Fall has finally arrived in south central Pennsylvania turning the leaves around, what use to be, Lake Williams brilliant oranges and reds.  As for the lake, it's gone...at least for now.  The water company recently drained it to fix the Lake Williams dam...turning the area that was the lake into a barren landscape.  The only visible water is the East Branch of the Codorus Creek snaking through the dry lake bed, which...when dammed up, creates Lake Williams.


The East  Branch of the Codorus Creek carves a path through Lake William's dry lake bed. -- October 26, 2018


I took this pic of the now dry Lake Williams from the trails near Water Street.  I find it fascinating to see the man made structures that are below the normal water level.  Off the left of this pic you can see an old spring house.  On the right, you can make out the foundations of  structures that once stood there.  Super cool. -- October 26, 2018


Arriving back at the trail head on South George Street you can clearly see the East Branch of  Codorus as it spills out of Lake Redman in into the area that is Lake Williams. -- October 26, 2018

 I wish I could have let some of my riding partners know my plans...but it really was an unexpected development.  With the weather forcast for the weekend looking downright miserable I was stoked to be able to get out for even a short ride. I felt great to pedaling the six-ish miles of trail that runs the perimeter of Lake Williams.  It's the perfect loop for a solo ride...flowing single track with climbs, descents, and plenty of options to add extra adventure to the ride.  It was the perfect way for me to rebound,  get back into my groove, and remind me of why I love mountain biking so much.


Signs around the Lake warn visitors not to walk out on the dry lake bed.  Lake Williams will be empty for the next few months as the Water Company fixes the lake's 106 year old dam.  -- October 26, 2018


Life is a journey...not a destination.



David A. Raymond -- October 28, 2018



Just as advertised...the weather sucked today which led to a lazy day at home with capped off with an Italian dinner (and dessert) at the Moonlight Cafe with my beautiful wife, Robin. -- October 27, 2018

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Here's the Garmin map and data from my rebound ride at Lake Williams...Happy riding!





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Sunday, October 21, 2018

2.1 MILES INTO OUR RIDE...

2.1 miles into our Friday afternoon ride at Rocky Ridge, Tim and Adam found me dazed and sitting on a bench  located on Trail #2 at Rocky Ridge County Park with a look of exasperation on my face.  2.1 miles into our ride...and I had twice already ended up sandwiched between my bike and the rock gardens that make up trails #8 and #9 in the lower sections of the park.  No ride is a bad ride...but some are, as we all know, rougher than others.  2.1 miles into this particular ride I seemed to be doing everything wrong...the lines I chose to ride were questionable and any level of mountain biking skill I've acquired through the years mysteriously seemed to have taken the afternoon off.

My Stumpjumper resting on one of the hundreds of boulders that make up the landscape around trails #8 and #9 at Rocky Ridge County Park. -- October 19, 2018

I'm really not sure what I expected.  I had been on those very trails a few weeks ago and I knew the condition they were in after all the flooding that occurred here in York County last month.  When Tim and Adam caught up to me and found me sitting there on that bench I was taking a breather, trying to compose myself, and half-heartedly contemplating a nice leisurely hike-a-bike back to the Cruz.  Looking up at my friends, with a stupid smirk on my face, I asked them if they wanted to ride that first 2.1 miles again.  

Tim took this pic of me...looking a little shaken...sitting on Trail #2 at Rocky Ridge.  No ride is a bad ride...but some are rougher than others. -- October 19, 2018

Tim and Adam navigating a rock garden at Rocky Ridge County Park. -- October 19, 2018

The second half of our ride was a little less technical. -- October 19, 2018

I'm not one to ever quit anything...let alone walk away from a mountain bike ride...so we pedaled on....putting those first 2.1 miles behind us.  The next four miles flowed much more smoothly than the first two and seemed more typical...albeit, a little slower than usual.  In my head, I had plotted a route back to the parking lot that would maximize our fun and eliminate any major climbs (my body was beginning to feel the effects of hitting the ground twice).  With just a mile to go we crossed paths with another mountain biker, Justin.  It was his first time on the trails at Rocky Ridge and he needed directions back to the parking lot.  Tim, Adam, and I introduced ourselves and invited him to join us on our last leg...and he did.  I hope we run into him on the trails again soon.  It was a super cool way to end a ride that began so ominously.  I was feeling so much better than I was just under an hour ago... sitting on that bench...2.1 miles into our ride.

All smiles...just moments before the first of my two "accidents" on Friday.  Tim Sindlinger, Dave Raymond, and Adam Zeigler -- October 19, 2018


Life is a journey...not a destination.



David A. Raymond -- October 21, 2018


I spent my Saturday relaxing....the most physically taxing thing I did all day was a little pumpkin carving with my good friend, Mike Graham. -- October 20, 2018

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Here's the Garmin map and data from my rough ride at Rocky Ridge County Park with Tim and Adam...Happy (and hopefully, smooth) riding!





All of my posts are available at ALL TRAILS LEAD TO ICE CREAM and, if you get the chance, be sure to visit the good folks at YOUR TRUE NATUREGUNG HO BIKESPENNSYLVANIA DCNR, and PA PARKS and FORESTS FOUNDATION.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

THAT BIKE ISN'T GOING TO RIDE ITSELF

Today was an uncharacteristically bad day.  I really do live a charmed life....I have an amazing wife, awesome family, good friends, two great jobs, and plenty of time to ride my bike...but today was unusually rough.  As much as possible, I try to start my weekend off with a ride (road or mountain...doesn't matter) but today, when I got home, opened the garage door, and walked passed my bike I wasn't finding my typical motivation.  For half an hour, I putzed around the house before I had the motivation to even walk back into the garage.  The ironic thing is that I KNOW that a bike ride ALWAYS makes me feel better...but I was having a such hard time getting out for my usually Friday afternoon ride.  Then, a thought flashed through my head..."You know, that bike isn't going to ride itself."  So, with that, I slowly gathered my stuff and headed over to Rocky Ridge.

I was having a hard time getting motivated to do anything today.  Walking into the house I had to pass my bike hanging in the garage.  It wasn't going to ride itself... -- October 5, 2018

Typically, I love mountain biking with my friends...but today I was solo and looking for a little calm.  I set out for a slow ride on some of the easier trails in the park.  A few miles in, I found a spot to sit, decompress, soak in a some Vitamin N, and call my  wife.  After a few minutes of seclusion, cool October air, and encouraging words from Robin,  I was feeling much better.  As usual, a little mountain biking therapy did the trick.  Putting my helmet back on, I looked over at my bike and thought...again..."Well, that thing isn't going to ride itself."  Off I went, pedaling back towards the Cruz, finishing my ride in much better spirits than I was previously in.


I stopped a few miles into my ride at Rocky Ridge to take a break, decompress, and call my wife.  It was some good...and much needed...therapy. -- October 5, 2018

Life is a journey...not a destination.



David A. Raymond -- October 5, 2018


It's good to have Alex home from school this weekend.  By time I got home, he was pulling a couple pizzas out of the oven for the two of us.  I'm happy to be spending a relaxing evening at home with him.  -- October 5, 2018



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Here's the GARMIN map and data from my much needed therapy at Rocky Ridge County Park...Happy riding!






All of my posts are available at ALL TRAILS LEAD TO ICE CREAM and, if you get the chance, be sure to visit the good folks at YOUR TRUE NATUREGUNG HO BIKESPENNSYLVANIA DCNR, and PA PARKS and FORESTS FOUNDATION.

"WRITE SOMETHING WORTH READING OR DO SOMETHING WORTH WRITING..." Ben Franklin