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!