Saturday, May 8, 2010

Water Gap Diner needs your help and support

*** Update 5/14 ***
The diner is not officially open yet, but owner Jeff Ioannidis says he'll have coffee and water available for us at the start.  There are 2 mini marts near by on Broad St, if you need any last minute supplies or snacks.  If you want to top off with a more substantial breakfast, the Portland Diner (5 miles south on Rt 611) is a very good option -- I'll be there around 5:45AM, if you want to eat and sign-in early. 

For a post-ride gathering, meet at Dough Boy's Pizzeria which is 1 block away from the Water Gap diner at the junction of Broad St and Rt 611.

The Water Gap diner is still the official start/finish location -- we'll have the rider meeting at the front, 10 minutes before the ride start.
Thank you very much for the Water Gap donations you sent in the mail ... I'll be passing these along to Jeff on Saturday.

There currently are 19 riders planning to clip in, with many first time participants -- I know the veteran riders will make them feel welcome and help as needed.

Looks like a great weather day for a change ... those NW winds in the forecast should speed our way on Rt 97 along the Delaware River all the way to Port Jervis.

Have a **Safe Ride**!
*** Update 5/13 ***
If you've never been across the Rt 80 bridge near Water Gap, it's a little bit tricky.  You need to look for a sidewalk/ramp about 50 yards past the Rt 80 underpass which you will cross under.  The picture below shows the ramp on the left, which is in between the road you will be traveling (on the right) and Rt 80 (far left):

You will be facing on-coming traffic as you go across the bridge.

Have a safe ride!

-Tom Rosenbauer
Eastern PA RBA

*** Original Post ***
The Water Gap Diner has been a regular controle over the years on the Eastern PA series.  The friendly staff and owners have supported many a weary rider on their brevet.  And now owner Jeff Ioannidis can certainly use our help and support as he tries to get the diner back into operation after the recent fire:

... if you watch the video in the link above, you'll see that Jeff is wearing an EM1240 polo shirt!

PA Randonneurs LLC has already made a contribution towards the reconstruction expenses.  If you would like to make a contribution as well, send me a check payable to Jeff Ioannidis.  You can mail this to me at:
Water Gap Diner Support
c/o PA Randonneurs
300 Burke St
Easton, PA 18042

I'll deliver any checks I receive to Jeff, on behalf of the Eastern PA participants, on the May 15th 200k which will starting and finishing at the Water Gap Diner.  May 15th happens to be Jeff's birthday as well, so let's make it a great day for him. 

Many thanks, for your help and support!

**** Hawks Nest 200k Update *****
Event details and the cuesheet for the May 15th Hawk's Nest 200k have been recently updated:

Please note that the start/finish location has been changed to the Water Gap Diner.
Please note the new parking location, 2 blocks away from the diner:

So far I've heard from:
- Gary Dean
- Norman Smeal
- Chris Nadovich
- Larry Brenize
- Andrew Cramer
- Bill Blank
- Ivan Umble
- Andrew Mead
- And your's truly

.... if you're planning to join us too, please drop me a note.


-Tom Rosenbauer
Eastern PA RBA

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