Showing posts with label Gettysburg. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gettysburg. Show all posts

Sunday, January 28, 2018


There's a fire road over in Michaux State Forest named Dead Woman's Hollow Road.  It's tough.  I'll never forget the first time I rode up it with Mark.  It seemed impossible...but I just put my head down and pedalled. To this day...I always approach Dead Woman's Hollow with the mindset that "this hill will NEVER end."  As long as I do that...I don't get disappointed with each false horizon.  I don't hate the hill...actually, I love riding up it.  An incredible sense of accomplishment engulfs me each time I conquer that road.

Taking a breather at the top of Dead Woman's Hollow Trail -- June 23, 2012
I've accomplished a number of goals and passed a lot of milestones while biking and hiking.  Most of them personal and relatively small...but each had their own special meaning to me.  Sometimes those goals are things I set out to do at the beginning of the calendar year...such as distances I want to ride or hike.  Sometimes I simply set a goal to ride or hike a certain hill or trail or obstacle.  A good example was when I made it a point to climb Ohiopyle Road between the main falls in the state park and my campground last summer.  It is the absolute most obnoxious hill I know...ascending 700 feet in less than two miles!  I managed to do it...on my mountain bike.  I'm still pretty stoked about that.   

Taking it all in after climbing Ohiopyle Road in Ohiopyle State Park. -- June 15, 2017

Deep down we all have personal goals and achievements that we are proud of.
With that in mind I sought out the help of my friends and asked them these questions:  "What was the coolest, or most personally significant, goal or milestone that you have achieved while biking or hiking?  It could be a distance ridden, hill climbed, etc.  How did acheiving it make you feel?" 
A big shout out to Tim, Chris, Randy, Mike, Brent, Derrick, Glenn, and Alex for helping me out with this one....Thanks guys!


My favorite pic of Tim.  Riding Rusty Chair Trail at Rocky Ridge County Park. -- November 12, 2011

"For me it was 'The Wall' on trail 9 at Rocky Ridge County Park.  I felt I could climb anything after conquering that!" -- Tim Sindlinger


Chris Keller and I trudging through the 2011 Wildlands Adventure Race -- September 25, 2011

"What comes to mind is the Wildlands race that we participated in right after a major flood.  The ride, even on the flat land, was riding all day in quick sand.  And we kept a fast pace...I believe I was the 'old fart' of the team...but I dug in super deep to keep the pace.  We did a great job and I was super proud of that." -- Chris Keller


Randy Bennett near Washington Four, MD. -- October 26, 2017

"Every hike has a unique moment that adds to the breadth of experience I'm gaining as a section hiker on the Appalachian Trail.  Recently, I completed a section hike from the Pennsylvania border south through Maryland and into West Virginia.  Each State on the Trail has its unique challenges.  What was most challenging about Maryland was that it feels like you are hiking in a dry creek bed for 40 miles!  My most memorable day on this trip was my last.  I had initially planned to do the 43-mile hike over five days, as only 6 months ago I had ankle reconstruction surgery (and my 65-year-old dad was hiking with me).  The surgery corrected a service-connected disability from my service in the Marine Corps over 20 years ago.  My ankle often buckled whenever I made sudden movements, and was often re-injured.  I was concerned about how I might perform on a longer hike (as most of my hikes in the recent past were never longer than two days).  My reconstructed ankle held up great on this hike, and when combined with a weight loss of 90 lbs., allowed me to accomplish my first 16-mile day...finishing this hike a day early.  The last four miles of the hike I had to finish without my dad.  His back was in bad shape when we came off of the mountain.  We called an Uber, and once my dad was in the car I told him to order a pizza and I would be at the hotel in 2 hours.  The last four miles were beautiful as I hiked along the Potomac towards the sunset and crossing the footbridge into Harpers Ferry and finishing in front of the Appalachian Trail Headquarters.  The time I had alone was an opportunity to worship God and give thanks to Him for how He brought healing to my body and soul...and for the awesome time I had playing with my dad in the woods." -- Randy Bennett


Mark Lentz, Mike Alessandroni, and David Raymond.  A well deserved break after climbing Sky Top in York County. -- June 24, 2011

"One year to the date after having my left hip replaced, I successfully climbed Sky Top on my bike.  It was a beautiful day and I took a picture from the top and posted it on Facebook to share this milestone with family and friends.  It was an awesome experience." -- Mike Alessandroni


Brent Shirk riding Rusty Chair Trail at Rocky Ridge County Park. -- September 2, 2013

"Being able to conquer an obstacle like dropping off of the big rock at Rocky Ridge County Park for the first time.  I remember the fear I had of falling but afterward realized that you just need to have confidence, maintain your speed, and let the bike do the work." -- Brent Shirk


Derrick Rorrer riding (flying) at Patapsco Valley State Park, MD -- July 2, 2013

"I have a slight twist for you.  There isn't a particular goal or milestone that comes to mind.  For me, it's yearly...and how much better I get each year.  It's looking back at some of the longest rides, the hardest lines, or biggest jumps I did that year.  My goal is simply to improve and become a better rider." -- Derrick Rorrer


Glenn Medice riding at the Lakes. -- April 19, 2017

"It's never been about distance.  I rode the Maximus series at Michaux twice (50 miles each), but never thought that was a big deal.  To me, getting better technically over time has been important to me.  I remember carrying my bike over logs in my early years.  So nothing real specific, just riding over many years, along with the new technology that's come my way, has made me a better rider.  Switching from a 26 inch bike to a 29er was HUGE for me.  I'm able to ride over, and through, obstacles I never thought possible in my 30s." -- Glenn Medice


Alex and David Raymond -- April 16, 2017

"The day we went on the 30+ mile bike ride.  I had never ridden that kind of distance before...and I was getting tired toward the end.  I remember you telling me that I needed to eat during the ride...before I got hungry...and if I did get hungry during the ride I would stay that way.  I'm pretty sure that we went down a big hill during that ride and I reached 41mph!  That was the fastest I had ever ridden." -- Alex Raymond

2,640 miles.  It's the distance (along the 39th Parallel...which runs through York County, Pennsylvania) from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.  That's my goal for 2018.  Time to start riding.

Life is a journey...not a destination.

David A. Raymond -- January 28, 2018

15,000+ total miles on my road bike!  I accomplished that on November 14, 2017.  Super cool.

Here are the GARMIN maps and data from the rides featured in this post...

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Friday, January 6, 2017


I'm probably the most focused when I'm on my bicycle.  Still, even when I'm turning the pedals, MY FASCINATION WITH SQUIRRELS often pulls my attention towards unexpected roadside attractions.  It's okay...I don't ride for KOMs (that's "King Of The Mountain" for those non-STRAVA people out there)...I ride because it's a passion and I want to have fun.  Pausing to investigate all the stuff which is often easily missed by those who fly past it the highway allows me the opportunity to get engage my inner-nerd, enhance my ride, feed my passion, and add to my enjoyment. 

So, in no particular order, here are just a few of the super kool (and sometimes completely unexpected things) I've come across on my many bicycle breaks.  Enjoy!

You'll find this grave of an unknown Confederate soldier along the Susquehanna River in York County, Pennsylvania just north or Wrightsville.  The solder would have been a member of Jubal Early's division and was killed just prior to the Battle of Gettysburg -- April 6, 2014

It's impossible to miss this monster size quarter along the highway near the town of Everett, Pennsylvania -- September 20, 2014

The Tin Man sits and contemplates life across the street from the Strand Capitol Theater in York, Pennsylvania -- September 5, 2016

This amazing mural depicting a young George Washington serving in the French & Indian War is located on Pitt Street in Bedford, Pennsylvania -- September 20, 2014

Alex and David Raymond next to Codorus of the best preserved iron furnaces in Pennsylvania.  It is located in York County along the Codorus Creek -- June 20, 2014

I had to take this pic of the bison along side the road near York Haven, Pennsylvania for two reasons:  1. the Bison was my high school mascot and 2. I was, that particular week, teaching about the destruction of the North American buffalo herds in my history class -- June 8, 2014

This random historical marker is dedicated to Gifford Pinchot, the 28th governor of Pennsylvania serving from 1923-1927 and then again from 1931-1935.  It is located on the northern end of Bull Road in York County -- November 8, 2015

Taking a bicycle break at the Coffee Pot on West Pitt Street in Bedford,  Pennsylvania with my son, Alex -- July 4, 2014

This 17th century Spanish anchor is located near Jupiter Inlet in Florida -- December 2, 2015

Sachs Covered Bridge is located just west of the Gettysburg National Military Park -- August 3, 2016

You can't go wrong riding along rural Route 30 in Bedford County! -- July 10, 2015

Penn Common is located in the center of York, Pennsylvania.  The park has served many uses throughout it's history including being used as a camp for Revolutionary War soldiers and a hospital for Union soldiers in the Civil War -- August 30, 2015

Apparently, there was a Battle of Hanover.  Who knew?  Not I...and I teach this stuff...which makes this all the more interesting to me! -- October 18, 2015

The Gate on the the north side of St. Augustine, Florida...the oldest European settlement in North America.  So super kool -- November 29, 2015

You can ride (or carry your bike through) this tunnel to get to the other side of Interstate 83 in north York -- October 8, 2016

If you ride through York City you will find this motorcycle artwork along North George Street -- September 2014

Taking a ride to the light house in Cape May, New Jersey with my wife, Robin -- April 11, 2015

If George Washington slept here...I'm getting a picture taken here!  The Espy House in Bedford, Pennyslvania served as President Washington's headquarters during the Whiskey Rebellion -- July 4, 2014

This Gazebo, which for some reason now sits in Reservoir Park located in York, Pennsylvania was a gift by the Chinese government to the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition -- September 5, 2016

This reconstruction of Fort Bedford is located alongside the Raystown branch of the Juniata River in Bedford, PA -- September 21, 2014

The Marquis de Lafayette permanently raises his glass to General Washington outside of the Gates House in York, Pennsylvania -- September 5, 2016

The Bedford Springs Hotel once served as the summer White House for James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States -- July 6, 2016

It is nearly impossible for a passer by to miss the Haines Shoe House located near Route 30 east of York -- August 15, 2016

Mark and I took a bike through Wrightsville, PA  to see the swollen and flooded Susquehanna River -- March 12, 2011

Living in York County means living in the shadow of Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.  The best view is from the top of the hill near Haring's Tree Farm in York Haven, PA -- August 7, 2015

If I see a blue Pennsylvania historical marker I have to stop and channel my inner-nerd!  This one is located on East Pitt Street coming into the town of Bedford, Pennsylvania -- July 4, 2014

Life is a journey...not a destination.

David A. Raymond -- January 6, 2017

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Now I'm getting geeky...what a cool bike ride through Philadelphia and to the top of the steps of Art Museum.  There I saw the Chuck Taylor footprints of Rocky! -- September 2009

A  list of my GARMIN maps and stats from a few of the rides featured in this post:

Friday, December 30, 2016


It's been exactly two months since I've been on either of my bicycles.  That's quite the cycling hiatus for me.  I'll always remember 2016 as the year of my two back surgeries...the first in March and the second in November. I am, however; pretty amazed at all I've been able to do and see and experience in 2016 considering the amount of time I've been relegated to my couch the last nine months.  In between two significant recovery periods I purchased a new mountain bike, made almost a dozen trips to Michaux State Forest, hiked (and biked) some pretty amazing stuff in Arizona, made a couple trips to Patapsco Valley State Park, returned to Rattling Creek for the first time in five years, toured the Gettysburg National Military Park, hiked in the mountains of North Carolina and western Maryland with my wife, made numerous trips to Rocky Ridge County Park, and played on the Allegrippis Trail System at Raystown Lake.

One of my favorite pics of the past year...Tim and and descending into The Gut at Rocky Ridge County Park -- October 14, 2016

2016 started off on the right foot with a hike at Rocky Ridge County Park with my wife, Robin -- January 1, 2016

I borrowed my brother's old Cannondale for this desert ride in Mesa, Arizona -- June 7, 2016

What a difference a week makes!  Top:  Hiking in the Superstition Wilderness in Arizona (June 8, 2016). Bottom: Riding to the top of the Vista in Michaux State Forest with Mark Lentz (June 13, 2016)

Touring the Gettysburg National Military Park with Mike Alessandroni.  In my opinion, the best way to tour the park is on a bicycle -- August 3, 2016

Hiking Tumbling Run with my son, Alex -- June 22, 2016

Probably my favorite road ride of 2016...just pedaling around my hometown of Bedford, Pennsylvania -- July 6, 2016

Hiking High Falls & Triple Falls  in Dupont State Forest, North Carolina with Robin  -- July 21, 2016

In a year that forced me to rest and recover so much I still managed to get out an ride and enjoy the things I love...and I honestly can't remember the last time that I had so many people to enjoy these things with:  Mark Lentz, Tim Sindlinger, Kristian Hains, Glenn Medice, Mikey Nardelli, Billy Graves, Brent Shirk, Matt Linnane, and  Mike Alicea all hit the trails on their mountain bikes...Mike Alessandroni came out to  ride on the road with me...and I went on hikes with my son, Alex and my wife, Robin.  So yeah...let's look back on 2016 as the glass that was half full.  Sure, there was A LOT of recovery...but there was also a lot of fun, laughter, friendship, adventure, and love.  Here are my five favorite moments on the trails during the past year.  Enjoy!

#5:  AWESOME SAUCE! (Riding Patapsco Valley State Park with Kristian Hains) -- October 15, 2016

"FRIENDZ"  this pic says it all.  Dave Raymond & Kristian Hains -- October 15, 2016

Kristain Hains & Dave Raymond pedaling Patapsco Valley State Park -- October 15, 2016

Kristian Hains & Dave Raymond -- October 15, 2016

Dave Raymond riding in Patapsco Valley State Park -- October 15, 2016

#4:  SOMETHING NEW (Riding Swatara State Park with Mark Lentz) -- March 5, 2016

My first ride on my new 2016 Stumpjumper -- March 5, 2016

Dave Raymond & Mark Lentz in Swatara State Park -- March 5, 2016

#3:  TRAIL TALK (Riding Michaux State Forest with Mark Lentz, Tim Sindlinger, Glenn Medice, & Matt Linnane) -- July 26, 2016

Dave Raymond,  Tim Sindlinger, Matt Linnane, Glenn Medice, & Mark Lentz in Michaux State Forest -- July 26, 2016

Love this pic...Matt Linnane's introduction to Glenn Medice -- July 26, 2016

#2:  TURNING INTO SOMETHING AWESOME (Riding Rocky Ridge County Park with Tim Sindlinger, Kristian Hains, and Brent Shirk) -- September 23, 2016

An ordinary ride at Rocky Ridge turned into one of my favorite of was the first time that this combination of guys (Tim Sindlinger, Kristian Hains, Dave Raymond, and Brent Shirk) ever rode together.  It brought up the rear of this ride and was totally mesmerized by watching the different riding styles of the three guys ahead of me.  It was super kool.  The ride was topped off with dinner at Rob Burrito's with Kristian -- September 23, 2016.

#1: GET A GRIP (Riding the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake with Kristain Hains & Glenn Medice) -- August 2, 2016

Kristian Hains, Glenn Medice, & Dave Raymond on the Allegrippis Trails overlooking Raystown Lake -- August 2, 2016

Glenn coveting his friend's mountain bike -- August 2, 2016

Dave Raymond riding the Allegrippis Trails -- August 2, 2016

Top:  Kristian Hains in 2008...Bottom:  Kristian Hains in 2016.  The bottom pic was taken on the Allegrippis Trails on August 2, 2016.  Amazing.

Life is a journey...not a destination.

David A. Raymond -- December 30, 2016

Walking Back Springs Road on the ridge behind my father's house in Bedford, Pennsylvania.  This walked got me past the 1,500 total miles goal I had set for myself after my first back surgery in March.  Not bad.  As for New Year Resolution is to have no more back surgeries and to continue to LIVE//LAUGH//LEARN//LOVE//BIKE!   Happy New Year! -- December 26, 2016

GARMIN MAPS and other DATA from the rides I featured: