Miracle at Mt. Hope Century 11.20.10
Another classic Crista Borras century from Thurmont, Md. Many climbs!

Here is Crista's description:
"The first quarter of the ride is very hilly, beginning with the long climb up MD77 and becoming more interesting with each passing mile, as we climb about 2500 feet in the first 25 miles to Mount Hope, Pennsylvania. The scenery is fabulous and the descents are thrilling. After the first rest stop in Fairfield, the terrain moderates quite a bit on the way to lunch at Mamma's in Biglerville. We'll visit the reputedly haunted Sachs Covered Bridge (circa 1815) during this stretch. See www.nycivilwar.us/sachs.html. After lunch we'll head for the hills again and ride through some of the beautiful orchard country of northwestern Adams County. (Yes, we really do love this part of the world, even though we're too late for the apple harvest.) Other points of interest include the Eisenhower Bridge (circa 1886), the Land of Little Horses, and the Eylers Valley Chapel. 102 miles, with many shorter options. You can even omit the steepest climb of the day (Iron Springs Rd) and substitute it with the kinder and gentler Jacks Mountain Rd...but then you'll miss Mount Hope! Total elevation gain for the century 7000-7500 feet."
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