The Three Creek Century consists of a 50 mile loop and two 25 mile loops which all return you back to the start point in LeTort Park, Carlisle.
Following are the 2012 routes. The routes for 2013 will be similar and updated cue sheets will be published at a later date.
Big Spring Meander (50 miles) – This pleasant ride earns its title by following the meandering paths of the Yellow Breeches, Big Spring, and the Conodoguinet Creeks. It is mostly level riding through rural Cumberland County, but does contain some long gradual hills. The rest stops are at the Huntsdale Fish Hatchery where huge palomino, rainbow and brown trout swim lazily in their pens, and at the scenic Laughlin Mill waterfall in the quaint borough of Newville. If you are riding the entire Century, we recommend that you begin your day with this route.
Opossum Lake Loop 25 miles) – This route takes you north and west of Carlisle and features some challenging climbs along with some level riding. A scenic overlook of Opossum Lake is included. If you are riding the entire Century, we recommend that you ride this route second, after completing the Big Spring Meander.
Boiling Springs Ramble (25 miles) – This route features enjoyable riding over gentle terrain, although there are some gradual hills along the way. A large portion of the route closely follows the winding path of the world-famous trout fishing stream, the Yellow Breeches Creek. Riders can take a short optional detour to visit the historic village of Boiling Springs which hugs the shoreline of Children’s Lake. The rest stop on Leidigh Road will offer riders the opportunity to view scenic farmland highlighted by the large mountain ridges to the south. This memorable route is a wonderful way to complete your 100 mile century ride.
Instructions on how to use the GPS files:
There are two different GPS file formats provided - "gpx" and "tcx". The "gpx" format is used by many different GPS devices, while the "tcx" format is a proprietary format used by Garmin. Read the owners manual of your GPS device to determine which format is compatible with your device.
For example, if you have a Garmin "Edge" type device, then you probably want the "tcx" version. In that case, do the following:
1. Right click on the GPS file you want to load.
2. Select "Save As..." or "Save Link As..." or "Download Linked File As..." (depends upon what browser you use)
3. Save the file to a directory of your choosing on your PC. (remember where you put it!)
4. Start up the Garmin Training Center application
5. Click on the "File", "Import" menu item and navigate to the directory where you downloaded the GPS file. Click to import.
6. Connect your GPS device to your computer with the USB cable.
7. Click on "Device", "Send to Device" then select the route you just imported. This should send the route to your GPS device.
NOTE: Every make/model of GPS device is going to work a little differently - consult your user's manual for the directions to load the GPS file to your device.