Scenes along the wayPosted: July 2, 2012
I know. I promised us all a break. It’s coming. Soon. I have this fabulous internet connection for the next few days so I thought I’d take advantage of it.
On our way east, M and I stopped to ride our bikes on the Allegheny River and Samuel Justus Trails. It’s a good way to break up a trip, either hiking or biking. Since we had our bikes for this trip, we’ve been biking.
The weather, predicted to be sunny and hot, started out cloudy and rainy. The rain was a good thing for our garden. The storms that hit Ohio further south, as it turns out, were not so great as the power was knocked out for a lot of folks, including some of our family who live down that way. Some food was lost, but nobody was hurt and that’s what counts.
Anyhow, the cloudy, drippy weather was rather nice for our bike ride. The part of the trail we rode was shady and flat. A nice and easy breezy ride. At first it was incredibly quiet. Then the people vacationing in the area woke up, brought out the jet skis and that was it for the serenity of the trail. It’s a beautiful area, and M and I were checking out the cabins and cottages for rent as possibilities for a future long weekend or even a week in the autumn months. We both expressed a desire to go back and ride more of the trail.
We saw a lot of deer during the first part of our ride (before things got noisy), including quite a few fawns. I didn’t get any pictures as I was busy riding and even when I stopped I didn’t think to get the camera out. I was too busy enjoying the moments.
We had a picnic lunch in Clear Creek State Park, a lovely little spot for a picnic and for swimming. There are rustic cabins and yurts available from April through early December. I would like to try a yurt. It sounds like fun. But not during a heat wave.
Sunday we spent with M’s dad who is doing well. Today we slowly made our way to New Jersey, stopping in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, for another bike ride.
M and I explored the Manayunk portion of the Philadelphia part of the Schuylkill River Trail last year. In fact, the photos from that trip are still resting in the archives without seeing the light of day. Today we took a short ride from Valley Forge to Norristown, back to Valley Forge, and through part of the park. We also took a little hike as I always feel a need to walk a bit after riding my bike.
As you can see, it was a gorgeous, blue-sky day. However… it was HOT out there. The first half mile or so of the trail was through a wooded area. After that, it followed the power line, probably all the way to Philly. The portion we road through Valley Forge was lovely, and much cooler since it was once again a wooded area.
Lunch turned out to be a lucky find. Michael’s Delicatessen and Restaurant in King of Prussia. After a hot and sweaty bike ride, a cold lager and an equally cold bowl of borscht soup were refreshing. I’ve been craving a cold soup in this hot weather, and when I saw the cold borscht on the menu, I couldn’t resist. It didn’t disappoint. It tasted fresh, cool, and it certainly revitalized me. The menu has a large selection of tasty items, including a veggie hoagie. Yum!
After lunch we made our way to New Jersey, and now we’re settling in for the evening after a swim in the hotel pool and a dinner full of lovely, fresh veggies that we picked up at a Whole Foods market. I hear the sweet corn is already in season here and I’m looking forward to hitting the farmers market on the way to my sister’s tomorrow.