On Saturday August 2nd, the
weather gods cooperated and what had been forecast as a sure rain out
turned into a beautiful day for cycling. Fourteen Spokes members
gathered at the White Hall parking lot for the day's ride along the
NCR/York Heritage County Rail Trail to York, PA for lunch and back. The
members left their fancy road bikes at home and rode an assortment of
touring, hybrids and mountain bikes along the crushed gravel trail over
the existing railroad bed. On the trail in Glen Rock, the group was
joined by Jerre Taylor's sister, Sharon, to make 15 cyclists traveling
north. Passing through New Freedom, the group was treated to the sight of the old refurbished steam engine rolling down the tracks
alongside the trail.
Even though it was relatively flat the whole way, the cyclists worked up
their appetites as they rode 30 miles to downtown York for the greatly
anticipated lunch and craft brews at the Mudhook Brewery.
The beers and burgers did not disappoint! The featured beer was the Mudhook Maibock, a summer brew featuring smooth German Malts and mild hops for a refreshing straw-hued brew. Others tried the Wild River Wiezen, an
unfiltered Hefeweizen. A light wheat brew perfect for re-hydrating.
Unfortunately the kitchen had some trouble delivering everyone's burgers at the same time, which made lunch last a little longer than planned.
After the lunch, the group jumped back on the trail and rode 30 miles south
towards White Hall. As they passed the MD line, the slight downhill
grade could be easily detected as they picked up speed and returned to the parking
lot feeling happy, dusty and satisfied after spending a great day on two wheels.
Pictures are available for viewing on the photo gallery.