Westville Airport Breakfast & Bike Ride – August 16, 2008

On Saturday, August 16, fourteen ADKers and friends assembled by 8:30 at the Westville Airport for the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department’s monthly Fly-in Breakfast super meal — $6.50 buys all you can eat of pancakes, eggs and sausage with OJ, coffee, tea and cocoa. The proceeds from the breakfast benefit the fire department. The breakfast goes from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM and we were told that 480 people came out to get the breakfast and enjoy the nice little grass runway airport.

Eventually, we assembled our bikes and rode out about 9:50. Four pedalers chose a twelve mile loop up Cherry Valley to Middlefield and returned by noon. The remaining ten adventurers wound their way up Co. Rt. 33 and over Beaver Meadow Rd. for a brief stop at the Sheep Trial’s port-a-potties. We continued on through Bower’s Town, climbed 33 up the Red Creek Valley and down the other side at 41 mph back to Rt.166 near Cherry Valley. By then the rain caught the four of us out front, so we holed up at a farmhouse until the other six, who didn’t get under our leaky cloud, caught up. 

After an enjoyable lunch at Roseboom’s Country Cafe we welcomed a sunny ride back to the airport by 3:15. A member of our group had a trip meter which recorded our ride as covering 38 miles, average speed 10.6 mph, travel time 3 hr.35 min. and the total altitude gain 1’878 ft. See the rest of you next month, the third Saturday at Westville Airport. That will be September 20th if you want to mark your calendar. People in the first photograph are, from left to right: Pat and John Kristofik, Fran and Neil Toombs, Bob Thomas, Lucille Wiggin, Jean and Frank Oakley and Fred Johnson. Leon Wiggin took the photo as we finished the ride about 3 pm., thus the Mahlkes and Hymers were long gone.

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