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03/01 Woodburn Hill, Ryceville & Old Sycamore C/CC

Sun, March 01, 2020 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

Rest stop at the Amish Schoolhouse

Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

Members: Patricia Sanders, Ron Altemus, Janell Saunders, David Scull

Weather: Clear, sunny skies, 40 at the start (but felt more like the high 30s) rising to 50 (that felt more like the high 40s) and windy.  DarkSky says the wind was no more than 6-7 mph but it felt more.  It might have been the first day of meteorological spring, but it felt like a winter ride with warm sun and chilly wind.

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32015614    33 mi, 1053' elevation gain

Mishaps & mechanicals: none

AMS: 11.0

Woodburn Hill sure does have eagles.  Lots and lots of eagles.  More than 25.  A whole tree line with eagles, and eagles flying around overhead too.

Country Road With Eagle

Tree Line With Eagles

Horses Everywhere

And horses everywhere. And cows, goats and sheep.  A few Amish buggies were seen as well.  But no chickens, of course: they even have a big sign attesting to that fact.

Gilbert Run Park was supposed to have been open today.  It was, but only barely:  past the entrance a gate was  down across the road  to the Lakeside Pavilion, so our second rest stop was at the Brookside Pavilion instead.  The rest rooms weren't open, although there was a portolet.  To make up for the lost mileage up to the Lake, Ron and I rode up to the north end of the Three Notch Trail before returning to Northern Senior Center.

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  • Sun, March 01, 2020 7:38 PM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    I would conservatively estimate that we saw more than 75 eagles today. There's probably 25 in Steve's picture alone and there were numerous others in trees both to the left and right. Additional eagles were on the ground in a field to the right. And this is only counting mature bald eagles. I'm thinking that some of what we might have thought to be extremely large black vultures were instead immature bald eagles. Quite an impressive sight, worth the price of admission.
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