Monday, September 27, 2010

Valley Forge Day 1 (part 2)

David climbs the last hill of the first day of our trip. We had a lot of climbing, mostly along suburban or country roads as we crossed Chester and Lancaster counties and into our destination: Intercourse, PA.

Marty climbs the same last hill as automobile traffic patiently follows. Overall, we had reasonable and courteous behavior from the drivers in Chester and Lancaster counties (we had very little on-road in Philadelphia other than Manayunk, which is a very bicycle-friendly community).

Valley Forge and beyond: Pennsylvania Road trip day 1 (part 1)

The Schuylkill River path resumes on the towpath, paved with gravel,  of the Manayunk Canal after on-street connections through Manayunk. 

Marty rides down Lock Street in Manayunk, a neighborhood of Philadelphia. We had stopped at the bike shop seen in the background before continuing our journey. I bought a map of the trail and a couple of Hammer gels to try out before climbing some hills after Valley Forge.

We made it the entire length of the towpath and some distance further on the regular paved trail before the skies opened up and drenched us in rain. That got Jesse's copy of the cue sheet rather soggy too. As we neared Valley Forge, the rain passed us. As you can see from the puddles, the rain had passed Valley Forge. We ate our lunch as we dried out thinking we had seen the last of the rain for the day.