Michaux Forest Ryde - November 16th 2013

Update:  Tomorrow!  This will be our last main ryde of 2013, while we will have off season meetups for planning next year's events (Stay tuned!).  Still, we should be able to catch the last of the fall colors, and send 2013 off with fond regard.  What a great season it's been.

For up-to-the-minute weather forecast for the day of the ryde, using Waynesboro, PA as the reference, check <HERE>.  The current extended forecast has highs in the mid-50s, 0% chance of rain and SW winds at a gentle 5mph.

Michaux State Forest is part of the Cumberland Valley, and is named for André Michaux, a French botanist. He was dispatched in 1785 by King Louis XVI of France, and his Queen Marie Antoinette to gather plants for the Royal Gardens.

This 154-mile ride begins in Sykesville, MD, winds Northwest through Thurmont, crosses the Catoctin Hills along MD 550/Sabilasville, RD and then moves north to Waynesboro, where we'll enjoy lunch at the Rolling Mills Restaurant (for lunch at the Rolling Mill Restaurant.  

After Waynesboro, we'll move north through Mont Alto and Caledonia State Parks, then into the Michaux Forest, along Pine Grove Road.  We'll exit the park tippy top, then begin heading south to efficiently bypass Gettysburg, then continue southeast through Taneytown, New Windsor and through pretty rural MD.

It's an easy, scenic ryde, with a few twisties in the Catoctin hills, but other than that, pleasant, sweepy road.  

Dress warm and come out to spend the day with us!

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  • Paul A.

    As a welcome, I added Jeff and Pam Allen, and Dave and Sharon Wells, our newcomers, to our Attendees, as they met and rode with us during the day. Jeff and Pam did the 'feature' of the Ryde through Michaux State Forest. Pleased Dave and Sharon got home and went right to our Web site! So, our numbers peaked to 14 over the day. We remaining after Taneytown, Pete and Laura, Mitch Dan C., and myself ... returned into a bank of cloud and haze covering the hills and farmland. The light dimmed, the temperature dropped about five degrees; 30 miles that felt almost haunted ... New Windsor ... Pickets Corner ... hazy gray air, bare trees, old historic houses, barns, cemeteries, all in sleepy states of graceful aging, decomposition or both ... quiet ... a mixture of velvety gloom and autumn beauty. Reminded me of the movie, "Silent Hill." Marston and Gillis Roads were awesome, and somehow for me, ryding that on a friendly black Spyder was spiritual. A memory is the best photograph.

    2 · November 17, 2013

    • Dan M.

      Herbert and I experienced the same thing, approaching Frederick. I felt like Frodo, going to Mordor! I was sure the skies were about to open and dump on us, but I made it home dry!

      1 · November 17, 2013

  • Dan M.

    Great ryde . . . the weather cooperated, the sun came out . . . and a deer almost caught Paul!

    1 · November 16, 2013

    • Paul A.

      Not being a deer hunter, I researched this to learn that at this time, Maryland White Tail deer are in full rut (mating season) and the bucks are extremely aggressive. Many online accounts of bucks attacking if they figure you're transgressing their rutting area or marshing their mellow as they hone in on a doe. Accounts of them charging hunters, farm tractors, bicyclists, trail riders, etc. Plus, I have deer whistles secreted in the mouth of my Spyder. Could've pissed him off, I s'pose. Oh deer!

      1 · November 17, 2013

    • Dan M.

      He just wanted to join the Spyder Web for part of the ryde!

      November 17, 2013

  • Dan C.

    What an outstanding way to end the "last scheduled" ryde! Old friends, new friends, great weather, super "subgroup" (the retirees corner) with no hurry, no worry, no watches, etc.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • George R.

    I am still experiencing afterglow. All I can say is I love the rydes, I love the Spyder, and I love the people in MSW.

    3 · November 16, 2013

    • Dan M.

      Me, too!

      1 · November 16, 2013

    • Paul A.

      What a nice tribute to MSW and all who contribute their individuality to our group. Thank you, George.

      1 · November 17, 2013

  • Paul A.

    Couldn't have finished off the riding season with a nicer ryde. Great group of people ... Pete n' Laura, Jeff (we missed you, Paulette), Herbert, Mitch, Jeff and Pam Allen, Dan M., Dan C. and of course George 'the Rammer' Ramsburg. 10 hits, 10 runs and no errors. What happened to Keith? Well, we thought of you, bro. Met some new faces (on Spyders of course) along the way who stopped to say hello to us or even ride with us for a spell. Our last 'scheduled' ryde doesn't mean something impromptu might not pop up, so stay tuned. Looking forward to seeing all who made the list for the Planning Meet on the 30th. Lots of great stuff for 2014. For those we've missed

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    If this was indeed the last ride, it was a wonderful way to end a fantastic season of riding. We are very grateful to Paul and Pete for all the work they do in putting these great events together.
    We look forward to meeting new friends, and getting to know better, all of you in our Spyder family.
    2013 has been a great year! And we can't wait for new adventures in 2014.

    3 · November 16, 2013

    • Pete D.

      Here, here!! Great season. Lots of new adventures in store for next season, so keep your eyes open here during the off season. Stay in touch all, and please check in once in a while! The forum nver closes down!

      1 · November 16, 2013

  • Pete D.

    Looks like the weather is shaping up to be pretty nice Saturday! Can't wait,...

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry we will miss this sounds great. We are currently New Mexico. Seven weeks and almost 9k into our jaunt around the country . See you in the spring

    2 · November 11, 2013

    • Pete D.

      I love it! Keep in touch! Send us a pic!! ;)

      November 12, 2013

  • Alan S.

    Have other plans. Definitly in next year. Just now joined. Looking forward to next year. Have a great ride.

    November 4, 2013

    • Pete D.

      Hey Alan, Good to have you! Looking forward to meeting you! Welcome to the Spyder Web. -P

      November 4, 2013

  • Valerie M.

    It looks like we're going to be out of town that weekend. If things change, I'll let you know. Sorry to miss the ride!

    November 4, 2013

    • Pete D.

      We will miss you Val!If things do change, come out and ryde! :)

      November 4, 2013

  • Dan M.

    Ordered a Firstgear Thermo Suit from Baja Ron last Thursday, a Turtlefur balaclava, and a Norton N104 modular helmet so I can ryde when the roads are dry this winter . . . I'm looking forward to this ryde! I hope those heated grips perform well!

    1 · October 28, 2013

    • Paul A.

      Good info. I just ordered a new Shark 3ST modular helmet through Revzilla. They're a good outfit. Speed of delivery partially 'cuz they're just north of us in Philly. Pete and I are discussing connecting a future ryde with a visit to the Revzilla "Boutique" store up there.

      1 · October 31, 2013

    • Dan M.

      That would be fun.

      October 31, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    Dan,
    Three nice buys. I think you'll like the suit. Kept me riding ALL winter.
    Only thing that kept me off the bike were rode conditions. Temperature was not an issue.

    October 29, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    Will be pulling my cold riding gear out of moth balls. Gotta love that First gear Thermo Suit.
    Had a great time last year, and looking forward to doing it again.
    Paulette is iffy. Depends how cold it is.

    1 · October 22, 2013

    • Paul A.

      This could end up being MSW's Bigfoot Ride ;-) Someone bring beef jerky

      October 22, 2013

    • Pete D.

      Tell Paulette that Laura is coming out. I guilted her into it for missing the last ryde, haha!! Gonna be a good one. Weather is looking good for now. Sunny and moderate for a fall day.

      October 22, 2013

  • Z50Pilot

    Sorry we have to miss this one.

    October 20, 2013

    • Pete D.

      We'll miss you guys!

      October 21, 2013

  • Dan C.

    A group ride, outstanding people, who could ask for more?

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Pete D.

    Anyone that didn't get to go last season, this is the quintessential fall foliage ryde for our area. The route is a fun ryde, with some subtle improvements this year, and the scenery is fantastic! Definitely layer up. This is one of those rydes that could get a little chilly this time of year through the elevations, but well worth the effort! Hope to see everyone come out!

    October 20, 2013

  • George R.

    I am looking forward to that one. I can't believe winter is staring us in the face. Boo! for winter.

    1 · October 20, 2013

14 went

  • Paul A.
    President, Ryde Captain, MSW Gold Pin Ryder, Organizer
    Event Host
  • Jeff S. +1
    Asst. Event Coordinator, MSW Bronze Pin Ryder
  • Mitch
    MSW Bronze Pin Ryder
  • Dan C.
    Associate Advisor, MSW Gold Pin Ryder
  • Pete D. +1
    Vice President, Ryde Captain, MSW Gold Pin Ryder, Assistant Organizer
  • George R.
    Senior Advisor, Asst. Ryde Captain; MSW Gold Pin Ryder
  • Dan M.
    MSW Bronze Pin Ryder
  • Herbert H B.
    MSW Silver Pin Ryder

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