Northeast - Hawk Mountain - 75 Miles for 75 years of Raptor Conservation
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04-14-09, 09:32 AM
Is anyone going to be doing this ride? It's out in Kempton, PA slightly north and west of Allentown.
Thanks for posting this! I hadn't heard of it, but I am absolutely in for this ride. Hawk Mountain is near my hometown, and I love the place.
04-14-09, 09:54 AM
Sure thing! I love Hawk Mountain, I go there for the raptor migrations to take pictures. Some pretty good hiking in the area too. I think the entry fee/donation is $75...but hey, any excuse I can use to ride my bike and I'm there!
I do believe that this is the first year for the ride, I found out about it last night in my Hawk Mountain newsletter!
I did the Hawk Mountain ride, it was great! I ended up doing only two loops -- I was dawdling so much, taking so many pictures (the scenery was just so pretty!) that I finished the second loop just shy of the 2:00 cutoff, so I just decided to call it a day.
I impulsively decided to climb back up to the Sanctuary rather than catching the shuttle ride. Wow! :twitchy: :lol: I did manage to make it all the way up without walking (although I stopped twice, for about 30 seconds each, to stretch my back.)
I camped Friday night at the little private campground. That was pretty cool -- I was the only one there!
I really enjoyed the ride, and if they decide to do it again next year, I am in!
06-01-09, 03:26 AM
I wanted to do this ride so bad!! I was without a bike until yesterday (finally got the new one built up). We had some beautiful weather over the weekend, I'm sure the ride was great! Were there a lot of people there? I'm hoping they have it again next year, I'd really like to do this one.
I was talking to Todd, the guy who laid out the bike route, when I arrived on Friday, and he said that they had 28 pre-registered riders, but were hoping for a lot of walk-ins, with the weather being so nice. I asked one of the ladies at the rest stop right before the final climb if she had heard anything more, and she said she thought they had ended up with about 50 riders in total. All the participants will be asked to do a survey of the ride, so maybe they'll say something about the number of riders when they send that out.
Most of the organizers/volunteers I talked to seemed pretty enthusiastic about putting it on again next year. The $75 fee may have put some potential riders off; that would be very pricey even for a full-blown, fully-supported century ride. For example, I think the Seagull Century is $55 or so, and I've heard quite a few folks grumble about that -- and the Seagull is a *huge* undertaking, logistically. Now, of course, the Hawk Mountain ride was intended and publicized as a fundraiser ($75 for 75 miles for 75 years :)), and most fundraiser-type rides do have higher entry fees (especially if they're not asking you to go out and raise money yourself.) As I said in an earlier post, I love Hawk Mountain and was happy to help support it. Most of the riders I talked to also had some similar connection -- they liked visiting the Sanctuary, or they lived not too far away and were curious about riding in the area. It would be interesting to have the survey include some questions about the riders' connections to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary or the general area.
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