Saturday, August 3, 2013

Punxsutawney Bound

It has been two years since I was able to ride to a family reunion. Yesterday's forecast looked promising but just as soon as I left my parents' place in Friedens, just north of Somerset, Pa., it started to rain.

Barn converted to Car Sales in Davidsville0
Riding with a broken collarbone I was a bit skittish as I rode. I was very afraid of having a spill on the road and landing on the collarbone. So I took it easy. 

On the climb coming out of Johnstown on 271

I stopped once an hour to take on food. While it was a just a gel that I normally take while I'm riding, I didn't want to ride with one hand on the bars and one hand on the gel. It also allowed me to stop and take a one hour photo to document where I was.

Amish Country. Three Hour Photo on PA 271 near Duman Lake Park
I have ridden the route enough to know the turns and climbs and find it quite enjoyable. The climb out of Conemaugh/Johnstown was quite enjoyable. I found myself with a comfortable pace albeit in the rain.

West Branch Susquehanna River near Cherry Tree
When I reached Northern Cambria I stopped at the home of 4th cousins, Don and Nancy Lowmaster. I had never been but warned them that one day I may stop for water. This was the day. Unfortunately, I was pretty squishy. I was already pretty wet and when I moved you could hear water squishing. Nancy was great about cleaning the one bottle and refilling it with ice and water.

Normally no one has every heard of Gipsy
As I left the skies opened up. I was in a real downpour for the next 10 minutes but then the faucet was turned off for the day. By the time I reached Cherry Tree the sun was out, and other than my wet clothes, you wouldn't have known it had rained.

This was my first long effort since breaking my collarbone and I felt good. I feel as though I am starting to regain my form.

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