Posted in Bikes, Food, tagged 2011, bike computer, bike rides, bikes, breakfast, king-sized Snickers, photos, valley forge, weather on February 19, 2011 |
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I used to think Michigan had some crazy weather but after living in Philly I realize MI’s weather is not crazy, just reliably terrible. Here it’s a total guessing game. For example, winters here can be so extreme– it will snow for 28 hours straight, leaving behind 11 inches of snow and shutting the city down for days. Then 3 weeks later it’s warm enough to wear spring jackets (and mini-skirts for those brave enough). Yesterday there was a high of 68!
Valley Forge, PA
So we had a breakfast of champions, did some quick Bike Garage, hit up Lee’s Hoagie House and then got out of dodge.
Before we left I hooked up the simple bike computer I got Pat for Christmas, it’s quite nifty. It records a bunch of stuff but we biked 48.2 miles and hit a maximum speed of 21 mph. Sweet!
The Manayunk tow path was a slightly soupy mud pit at points. I was grateful for my new hardcore tires and fenders. My body is still pretty wary of falling though so I kept having to remind myself to chill and not tense up on every bump. Mind over body! Once we got to the paved part of the path we kept a good pace in spite of the slight, unceasing headwind. Even with a sammie break we reached Valley Forge in about 2 hours and enjoyed a king-sized Snickers bar each at the visitor center. Too delicious.
Outside Valley Forge visitor center
Pat occupied himself by harassing, I mean coaching my speed from behind most of the way home. ;) I was pretty exhausted and crashed out from all that sugar but we kept a good speed most of the way. The Schuylkill path was absolutely packed with oblivious runners on the way back into the city. Though I guess I shouldn’t be grumpy when we all have the same awful spring fever! Yesterday’s ride was challenging but not as bad as I thought it would be after 4 months of no long rides. I’m really looking forward to spending this summer getting in shape for our trip!
Today it’s chilly again with insane wind gusts whipping in all directions. I had to shift into grandma gear while riding into the city today, that would be pretty pathetic under normal circumstances. I was sitting in the cafe at Pat’s work when their front door whipped open and smashed the front window. See, crazy weather!
Good thing it's safety glass
Hopefully this early spring holds– Pat has a plan for a time-lapse photo project on the tow path. I don’t think we’ll get the same awe-inspiring effects as Planet Earth but it should be pretty fun. Stay tuned for more on that :)
Fossil watch ad??
Another weekend come and gone… sometimes they seem way too short!
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Posted in Bikes, Nature, Philadelphia, tagged 2010, Bicycles, Philadelphia, photography, photos, travel, valley forge on June 5, 2010 |
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I’m going on vacation next week—back home to Michigan to see my family and enjoy a little R&R. Since I’ll be gone next weekend Pat and I spent a beautiful day enjoying one another’s company yesterday—he’ll be holding down the fort/bringing home the bacon while I’m away.
Regatta grand stand and crew emblems
The ride out of the city was heavenly. I could feel the air clear as soon as we got to the river path. I can’t stand humid, smoggy city air in the summer. I felt my lungs gratefully expand as we whisked down the empty path.
There is a very nice picnic area a little bit beyond the turn-off to Valley Forge Park. It even has real toilets and a drinking fountain. We took one of the mountain bike/hiking paths a teeny bit north off the main path until we found a nice shady, breezy picnic area.
Chillin' in nature's air conditioning
I feel so lucky to have our bikes and good health to ride them to places like this. While there we saw a doe, cardinal, a ton of groundhogs, chimpmunks and a couple bunnies. I love seeing wildlife.
Pat telling a bug to go away/looking at his bicep
While perusing my new issue of Afar Magazine I spotted this contest: Blog Your Way Around the World. My jaw is still hanging open from when I read about the main prize:
“A travel package valued over $70,000 for eight of the world’s greatest adventures for the winner and a friend…”
All you have to do is write a 400-word essay on why you should be chosen and how you will blog about the adventures they are sending you and your equally adventurous husband on. Then you get your wonderful family, friends and hopefully a ton of other people to vote for you to win.
There are several entrants who have a lot of prior travel and blogging experience. But I think I should win for most genuinely excited about the whole thing. So stay tuned for updates on that, I just need to find my “hook” for the essay. Pat had some suggestions that I won’t mention here but would probably make a good storyline for South Park… Thinking caps on!
C'mon, who wouldn't want to follow these Long Haul Truckers around the world??
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