Ride leader: Steve Palincsar
Members: Sherwood Byers, Larry Peed, Patricia Sanders, Karen Morgan, Stuart Morgan, Taylor Morgan, Joan Oppel, Linda Bankerd, Walt Roscello, Jessica Hirschhorn, Linda Blackman
Guests: Len Wilkinson, Lynda Hunberg, Sophie Howard, Edward Miller, Catherine Miller
Weather: 80s, humid. The weather forecast showed a moderate chance of thunderstorms throughout the day, but it was sunny, partly overcast with fairly dramatic clouds instead, right up to the very end. The rain began just after I put my bike back into my car. A small group was still out on the route when it rained; they appreciated the big drop in temperature when the rain came.
Route: Because of the forecast I decided we'd all do the shorter, two bridges, route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5202815 41 miles, 1525' of elevation gain and one memorable climb up Summitville Rd. RWGPS says it's 130' of elevation gain and a maximum grade of 8.5%, but riders with GPSs were seeing 15% at the steepest point.
Mishaps & mechanicals: none, other than one or two riders overheating.
AMS: ~ 12.0
Once again, the prelude ride had significantly better weather than the official Covered Bridge Classic: we had a few minutes of showers on Saturday, compared with a full day of rain on Sunday, at times heavy enough to cause roadway flooding. Riders enjoyed the route and the visit to the Lapp dairy farm and the wonderful ice cream.
At Bitzer's Mill Covered Bridge