As far back as I can remember, Fall has always been my favorite season of the year. The summer time humidity has faded, the cool, crisp, Autumn air has taken a firm hold, and the leaves on the trees have begun to show their true colors. We've had an abnormally wet and warm year around here...and, up until a week ago, most of the leaves on the trees were still green. Finally, this past weekend, York County, Pennsylvania landed in the sweet spot of the season...the convergence of beautiful weather and peak Fall foliage. It was the perfect weekend to be outside and I was able to enjoy the amazing weather and soak in that all important Vitamin N with family, friends, and both of bikes.
|This graphic has been posted each week for the past month by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Finally, York County is in the orange! -- November 2, 2018|
Tim and I expected, after the deluge of rain that fell on Friday, a mud fest when we hit the trails on Saturday morning...but instead we found nothing but perfect conditions on our first-ever visit to the MILTON S. HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER TRAIL SYSTEM in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Other than briefly losing the trail (freshly covered by falling leaves) a couple of times...we enjoyed a super cool ride, exploring a brand new trail system, and sharing the orange and yellow forest with local wild life. It was the nicest Saturday we've had around here in a long while...and the perfect morning for mountain biking with a good friend.
|My Stumpjumper on the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Trial System. -- November 3, 2018|
|Tim Sindlinger and I enjoying a beautiful day on the trails. -- November 3, 2018|
|Tim and I yielded the trail to this small herd of deer. Only two are in the pic...but I counted seven. So cool. -- November 3, 2018|
|Riding in the sun and through the leaves on the new trail system behind the Hershey Medical Center. -- November 3, 2018|
Sunday was a carbon copy of Saturday...the sun was out, the sky was blue, and the foliage was just about perfect. After breakfast I got out for a hike at Rocky Ridge County Park with Robin, Alex, and Alex's girlfriend, Emma. The park was far from empty when we arrived. I find it encouraging to see just how many people were at the park the same time we were...some hiking and some mountain biking...all enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. I'm always excited when I notice different things in the forest when hiking the trails that I normally mountain bike. Just a couple of feet down the trail, the four of us came across a lean to that someone had build just next to a trail I frequently ride. As we made our way down the ridge, the morning sun highlighted the colors of the forest, making this hike one of the more beautiful ones I've taken in a while. Sharing the experience with my family made it all the more special...and beautiful.
|Enjoying the weather and the Fall colors with Robin, Alex, and Emma Sadowski. -- November 4, 2018|
|Just a few feet off of the trail that I normally mountain bike, Robin, Alex, Emma, and I came across this lean to at Rocky Ridge County Park. It's amazing what you can find when you slow things down a little bit. -- November 4, 2018|
|The morning sun shining through the Fall foliage at Rocky Ridge County Park. -- November 4, 2018|
|Robin and Emma S. making their way down the trail at Rocky Ridge County Park. -- November 4, 2018|
|So happy to be outside on a hike with this lady! -- November 4, 2018|
|Robin and David Raymond in Rocky Ridge County Park. -- November 4, 2018|
|Rocky Ridge County Park was amazingly beautiful this weekend. -- November 4, 2018|
Saturday night Day Light Saving Time ended and our days are now shorter...but, before the sun set on Sunday, I managed to sneak out on my Roubaix for a quick road ride. I didn't ride long or far...but I just wanted to get out one last time before the rains came on Monday. The scenery on the back roads around the neighborhood and down by the river was absolutely spectacular...making this, hands down, the most beautiful weekend of 2018...so far.
|The scenery was just as amazing on my road bike this week. The Conewago Creek, near York Haven, Pennsylvania, lined by the beautiful Pennsylvania Fall foliage. -- November 4, 2018|
Life is a journey...not a destination.
David A. Raymond -- November 6, 2018
|Glad to have Donny Arnold (the world's best brother-in-law) up for a visit! After my ride in Hershey, he and I chilled out at Smokin' Hogs in Manchester, PA...the best barbeque and corn bread I've ever had! -- November 3, 2018|
Here's the GARMIN maps and data from our ride on the MILTON S. HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER TRAIL SYSTEM, our hike at ROCKY RIDGE COUNTY PARK, and my end of the weekend road ride...Happy biking and hiking!
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