Another Bike Ride!Yep that's right. I'll be attending another bike ride this weekend... it'll take place at Washington's Crossing State Park in New Jersey from Titusville to Bull's Island Recreation Area and back on the D&R Trail. The ride length will be approx 28 miles at a leisurely pace of 8-12 mph. Meeting time at the State Park is 9am on Saturday the 15th. I do hope the weather stays as nice as it has been for the past couple of days here in Philadelphia. I also sent out a bunch of invitations on FaceBook Inviting some of my friends to the event, I do hope some of them join if not... I won't be hurt. The ride is pretty far for most people so it's no surprise.
Fun fun funSaturday September 8th, was my first time driving on my own to the meeting spot for a group bike ride. On my way there, I got lost for about 30 minutes... asking for directions at gas stations and trying to figure out where I was and how to get to Manayunk, Pennsylvania. I bet your wondering if I was scared, a little but not enough for me to give up and go home. Eventually I arrived at the meeting spot but no one from my group was there. So I readied myself quickly, made sure I was prepared, had everything I needed and took off on the paved bike trail starting in Manayunk. I rode for about 5 minutes on my Fuji Newest until I saw a man wearing a black and yellow jersey. I thought to myself *Huh, I hope that's Sunny... he usually wears yellow jersey's on our bike rides...* so I start calling out his nick name. "YO! SUNNY!..." no response, "SUNNY!!" the man looks at his bike mirror, "SUNNY, IT'S ZEAL" and then everyone is greeting and praising me for my arrival. I was glad to have caught up with them and be a part of the group trip. The morning weather was nice and comfortable.
Most the BicycleTravelogue Club members were there... sunlightplayer with his wife, Barb, Will and Eunice (I haven't seen or heard from Eunice in half a year). Our ride out to Noristown, Pennsylvania was planed to be a slow going pace of 8 to 11 MPH. Although in some cases a few of us had the urge to "stretch our legs" and push up to or beyond 20 MPH; it was refreshing. Sunny was pushing 24 MPH on his Hybrid drafting another Road cyclist for about 5 minutes... he really is desires to be called a Pro cause there's no way I can keep up with Sunny. Eventually we arrived at Noristown, Pennsylvania... took a short break and that's where we made our turn around back to Manayunk. We were all pretty worn out and there was very little conversation happening between us, Eunice kept saying... we only have a few miles to go but then Barb said... "it's around the corner." Everyone agreed that Barb's term was better than actually hearing the miles left we had to go and that alone was encouragement and good sounding to everyone's ears; and so, WE PRESSED ON!
Around, I'd say 1 or 2pm we rolled up at the Conshohocken, Pennsylvania... what was it called?.... Oh yeah, The Outbound Station. It's a small restaurant right next to the bike trail we were traveling on and it's also very convenient spot for sports enthusiasts to stop grab a bite to eat, cool off and relax. Most of us ordered Chicken Salad Sandwiches which really hit the spot, I asked the manager what would be a good desert and he suggested trying the Peach Crumb Muffin... I tried it was boy was it good; worth every cent. Lunch was pretty much the highlight of the trip... so good. XD By the time we got back to our cars or in my case... the truck... we were all burnt out... There were plenty of times we could have had "GoPro Moments" dubbed by Will and Sunny but they didn't have there camcorders. Well I did but it was such a hassle to use while riding. This ride was my first group ride of the season with the BicycleTravelogue Club and it felt good. Also the bike ride did a number on my legs the next day they felt like rubber. XD
We rode a total of 30 miles from Manayunk, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Noristown, Pennsylvania; GREAT JOB EVERYONE!! Hope to see you all again on the Autumn Amble Bike Ride!! (we're looking for people who are interested in joining us, apply on FaceBook)