Dan Stearns Tribute Ride – Apple Butter Loop
This week we are riding one of our favorite routes, but for a different reason. Thursday we are “Pedaling for a Purpose” – with the purpose being the Dan Stearns Foundation. Please read the article to learn about how much more there was to Dan than just one of our weekly riders. Beyond being the nice guy with a friendly smile that we knew, he was a caring and committed educator at PSU that went above and beyond for his students and the program.
The weekly donation is still $3.00 but feel free to add a few dollars more. All the proceeds this Thursday will go to Dan’s foundation.
Pedaling for a Purpose
For several years Dan and Melinda Stearns were regular weekly riders along with their friends Peter and Randi Menard. I knew Dan only through the bike club. He was a nice guy with a friendly smile each week. I had no idea how accomplished he was until I read the article below, which has only made me respect and miss seeing him more. On one of our rides a few years ago he told me how much he liked the Apple Butter Loop. Unfortunately, Dan passed away in November 2021.
In Dan’s honor we are “Pedaling” the Apple Butter Loop, with the “Purpose” being Dan’s program endowment. The Dan T. Stearns Landscape Contracting Program Endowment in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State provides funds for the Landscape Contracting degree program with a special priority for enrichment activities such as industry conferences, competitions, and business/site visits. Funds may be used for travel expenses, registrations, conference fees or other costs associated with these activities. Funds will be used to make these enrichment activities affordable and encourage substantial participation for students so that they not only have in class and hands on project learning, but are able to understand the industry, make contacts, and become professional leaders in their field.
We hope you’ll join us for this special ride.
UPDATE TO ROUTE!
Before I show you the route this week I want to take a minute to share something with the club. I get scared at the start of every weekly PV Pedals + Pints club ride. Yes, scared because I fear someone is going to get hurt…or worse.
We’re riding to Madisonburg this week in Brush Valley. The route is rightfully named, the Brush Valley Reverse. This route takes us through the Millheim Narrows. I’ll once again try and arrange with Ed from the Millheim Fire Company to follow us through the Narrows for a enjoyable start to the ride. We are on our own for the return ride. Feel free to alter the route if riding in the Narrows makes you uncomfortable.
We’re riding towards Woodward this week. This route has several very winding rural roads, please stay in your lane on the blind turns. Middle Road is kind of rough with potholes, if you let yourself go on the long downhill, be careful at the bottom!! This 20 mile ride takes us on RT 45 for about a quarter mile and then crosses RT 45 twice in Woodward, be careful!