Riders: Animal (Ed Ramsey),
Iceman (Art Palaia),
Gadget (Bob Zinn)
Zenith (Joe Kaehler) and Rock (Peter Oetker) could not make the ride this year. Animal, Iceman, and Gadget met at Thurmont, Maryland to drop off a return vehicle at 9:00 AM. They loaded their bikes onto Bob's car and drove to the starting point of the ride. They parked at the Hamburg Road parking area near Gambrill State Park and prepared for the normal cold 20-degree temperatures of the annual Bike Ride.
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Left: Iceman, Gadget,
three amigos were dressed in style for this winter ride along
the Catoctin mountaintops. The 15.5-mile ride
began with sunny skies.
The weatherman was predicting 8 to 12 inches of snow
that never materialized.
From the parking area, the team headed north on Hamburg
Road for 0.5 miles.
They turned right onto Gambrill Park Road and followed
it for 3.86 mile to Mink Farm Road.
Left: Bear up a tree.
the Gambrill Park Road they saw a bear in a tree. It
did not move much but kind of swayed in the wind.
left onto Mink Farm Road, they began to descend into the
this stretch near Fox Tower Road, a deer leaped across the
road about 40 yards ahead of the riders. They turned left
onto Catoctin Hollow Road, and made another left onto Wigville
climbs right to the top.
wind in this area was beginning to pick up and the riders
needed a good climb to warm their bones. They turned right onto
Fox Tower Road and "climb they did". The next 3/4 of a mile
included a 363-foot climb to the highest elevation of the trip
During the climb, Animal and Iceman detected deer in
Some sections of this climb were very steep and at the
top, the group took a well-deserved rest. Two more deer pranced their way across the road.
Left: Iceman bundles up for
the cold ride.
remaining 6.66 miles would be all down hill. The riders turned
right onto Tower Road and continued to Route 77. As they reached Route
77, everyone felt like their nose was about to fall off from
the cold. They
stopped to zip up their jackets for the fast ride down to
the car, the group loaded up the bikes and drove to the
Mountain Gate Restaurant for lunch and to reflect on the fun
ride of the day.