We’ve already been on the second, but I’m behind on posting and racing to catch up. We met up with Tim, of the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia, on the first Saturday in April, for the first in his new series of progressive rides, beginning with 25 miles/40.2 km, and adding ten miles/16 km further each week.
This particular ride turned out to be an excellent one for train-spotting. We rode alongside this freight train, which was passing through the city, on our way from the Amtrak station to our meeting point on the Schuylkill River Trail.
Though that’s a lovely reflection in the water.
Our destination was the Outbound Station, just off the Schuylkill Trail in Conshohocken. Coffee, treats, nice people, and lots of bicycle-themed decorations on the walls.
At one time, canals were as important as trains to transport in the area. (And, at one time, trains were a lot more important, too.) We often see attempts to burnish business along the waterway, not all (or perhaps even most) successful.
The tow-paths have been re-purposed more effectively, as our own excursion demonstrated.
The winds were a bit fierce on this trip. That was quite rewarding on the trip out, but Dr. Diarist and I both struggled a bit on the return. It’s good training, though, so we merely noted the conditions and carried on.
Basil and Argyll were unaffected; wind means nothing to a sturdy little Brompton. They were in fine shape, post-ride, all set to board the train home. (Those Mini-O bags are getting a workout on these rides, and what a pleasure they are! ) As a rule, Dr. Diarist and I do not wear so well, but we went home quite happy just the same.