The High Adventure Club met at
the parking lot in Gambrill State Park to begin their ride on
trails. Gambrill State Park is located off of Routes 40 and I-70
near Frederick, Maryland.
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The team of riders
Joe Kaehler (Zenith),
Peter Oetker (Rock),
Art Palaia (Ice Man),
Ed Ramsey (Animal),
The ride began at 10:00 am on the Yellow Trail
heading West from the parking area. The first 200 yards of
the trail were easy with "Animal" was leading the way. After
a sharp right turn we dismounted our machines and walked the bikes
uphill to High Knob. (We do not like walking bikes.)
We took a sharp left and went around High Knob. The view of
the Middletown valley was spectacular.
We followed the trail along the
West side of the ridge and had to walk the bike in a few
sections. "Rock" was the first to hit rock after being
thrown from his bike by a big tree root. His knee looks like
it will recover well. The Yellow trail then crossed the
Gambrill SP Road and turned South along the East side of the
ridge. We followed a power line cut for a 1/4 mile before
"Ice Man" was the second victim
of the trail. His bike will be fine. "Animal"
continued to lead the pack as we climbed back towards
High Knob. We collected ourselves at the Frederick
Overlook where we took a small break to refuel our bodies and
enjoy the view.
"Animal" had a twig get between
his glasses and scratch his eye. The doctor indicated he
will live and see the next Adventure Club Activity.
"Zenith", as always, climbed the mountains with
We continued on the Yellow
Trail back toward the parking area where "Gadget" was launched from his
bike as he attempted a jump over a steep drop. He landed on