I love cycling, but my favorite part of the Farm to Fork Fondo in Lancaster, PA is the fork part. The Gran Fondo of 68 miles takes riders through all four courses (I mean, aid stations with fuel and hydration), up and over rolling country roads with 3800 feet of elevation gain. Some of the elevation is from the undulating roads, but most of it is served up by the four climbs on the course.
Each farm stop along the Gran Fondo features specialty foods like: savory bread, homemade root beer and whoopi pies, fresh peaches and salsa, lemonade, and, my favorite, farm-fresh ice cream with chocolate milk so thick that it was a meal. All I had to take with me were two bottles, extra Skratch, and emergency snacks in case of a mechanical issue on course. While we snacked, there were farm animal friends, and even a tour of one of the Amish Farms.
This was Phil’s longest ride to date, and he did really well despite some cramping from the heat and pushing it up those hills. 68 miles is just over a metric century, so we’ll have to plan for a full 100 mile century next year. Shhh… he doesn’t know about that yet.
I absolutely loved this ride with its country roads, spectacular views, and the people we met on the ride. If you’re not up for the Gran Fondo, there are other distances to choose from: 50 miles, 30 miles, and a 10 mile ride too–all are on low traffic roads with lots of food. All rides help support the Farm Community Fund that works to maintain open spaces. To find your next adventure, check out the rides and weekend getaways: