Supposedly the big appeal of an S24O is that you can do it with a lack of planning and preparation – just a kind of spontaneous experience. That’s fine, but I’m not really there yet, this trip will most likely go beyond 24 hours, and I’m still wrestling with mapping out a safe and manageable route.
Route A entails riding down through Abbotstown and Hanover, which involve some well trafficked roads. I’m not crazy about a couple of loaded bikes on roads with narrow berms and cars whizzing by at 60 mph, but if we have too…
Route B shows some promise of better roads at roughly the same distance, this time going down to Spring Grove and then south west into the park. The problem is that I have yet to scope out the route to see if it is as good as it looks on the map.
Route C is a contingency, where if the weather looks threatening, like the hailstorm I drove through last Friday, we could drive to one of the parking lots on the Heritage Rail Trail, bike to Seven Valleys, and take a southerly route into the park. That also cuts the distance in half and eliminates traversing the ridge that runs north of Route 30.
But sometimes you just have to damn the torpedoes and go for it. I’m hoping to get started early afternoon this Saturday for between 3 – 4 hours of riding so long as we don’t kill ourselves, and then hanging out at the campground early enough to set up, eat, shoot the breeze, and check out the sites. We can take our time Sunday morning, and venture back home whenever.
So far the Sloth is in, and both Bone and Dave have expressed interest. And since Bre established the precedent of Saturday night visitors, I suppose we’ll have to allow that.
So…all are welcome, the campsite is reserved and paid for, and I’m going to lose 20 pounds by Friday so I can climb hills at ease. If you’re interested, drop a comment and we’ll work out the logistics.