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    Mid-Atlantic Riders - Power to the People Tour - Dam it!

    Last Saturday, April 10th, Mid-Atlantic Riders (Club #280) held our monthly club meeting at the 896 Diner in Newark, DE. An after meeting ride had been planned by our club VP, Tracy, and her husband Matt. The ride was dubbed as the "Power to the People Tour - Dam it!" for a very logical reason. We would be crossing the Susquehanna River twice, and we would be visting several dams (hydroelectric power stations) along the way.

    Our tour would begin and end at the 896 Diner, and all told cover approximately 144 miles. Box lunches were provided by the club, and we had lunch at a nice riverside park at about the 75 mile mark.

    We could not have asked for a better day for a group ride, albeit a little brisk in the morning (low 50's), the afternoon warmed up to the mid-60's. bright sunny day with almost no clouds to be found. We started the ride with 20 riders, and we had a group of 13 remaining at the last stop of the day. The other riders had peeled off at various locations to head for home as they had other business to attend to, some personal, and some business.

    All the bikes lined up at the breakfast meeting.

    Jim Kauker, our club president for 2009, was given recognition for his service last year. Thanks Jim

    Matt reminding us that this is "Power to the People" as we arrived at Conowingo Dam

    Conowingo Dam - When completed in 1928 it was the second largest hydroelectric project by power output in the United States, behind only Niagara Falls

    Safety First - A few of our members showing off their HiViz.

    This is more like "Power to the Person"...K1200s

    Our lunch stop for the day

    Bathroom...what bathroom, use that tree right over there!

    Hey, do you think Sargent makes one of these?

    Safe Harbor Dam - The dam was completed and closed its gates for the first time on Sept 09, 1931. The first power was generated on Dec 07, 1931 and the last of the original seven turbine generator units came on-line on Oct 14, 1940.

    Safe Harbor Dam, like other dams on the river, were designed to allow migratory fish to continue their journey up river to spawn. Safe Habor Dam uses a fish lift.

    Safe Harbor Dam

    One of the old impellers used at Safe Harbor Dam

    Our remaining group at the last stop of the day.

    A few of our bikes all lined up for the final leg home!

    Davis getting ready to pull up the rear as we get ready to make our way home.

    The sticker on my rear fender says it all! Never have so few words said so much!

    All in all, it was a great day, and a great club event. We are hoping to have some sort of ride planned after every monthly breakfast meeting...the second saturday of every month. Come join the fun and get the chance to meet some great fellow riders!
    Last edited by 1024JLC; 04-14-2010 at 12:41 PM.

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    BeemerBoy terham's Avatar
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    Looks like you had a great day and a fun ride. I've been over the Conowingo Dam many times, but was not familiar with the Safe Harbor Dam. Sometimes you don't know what's in your own backyard.
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