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Adventures in Biking and other fun stuff

Monday, June 24, 2013

Saturday my boyfriend surprised me by suggesting we go for a bike ride and check out a new trail. I was pretty excited! A co-worker had told us about it, and I have been dying to check it out. When he suggested that we go on Saturday, I was thrilled. The train was pretty nice. It follows the old railroad beds so it is pretty level, but the scenery is nice.

When we had gotten a little over a mile in, I noticed an animal walking on all fours about 1/4 mile or so up the trail. I stopped to watch it, and when he came up beside me (I was riding lead) he asked me what I was looking at. I pointed and said "something tells me that isn't someones' dog" he said "no, I am pretty sure that is a black bear" and that is what it was. If I had to guess, I would say it was around 250 pounds. It may have been a little more or a little less. It was pretty far off in the distance, but from what I could see, that would be my guess. It was really neat to be able to hang out on the trail and watch this black bear wander around like he had not a care in the world. When he was off the trail, we proceeded through with our ride, but I think we rode a lot faster than we would have had we not seen him.

It was a nice ride - we had a good time. It wasn't overly long, but good terrain, and easily accessible.

That night we took the scooter and went out to dinner at a local family owned diner/pizza shop. I had a chef salad with their wonderful, homemade dressing. I am not 100% what is in the dressing, but I know there is... Vinegar, water, sugar, spices - no oil... anyway, after that we went out to my parents house and spent almost three hours relaxing in the hot tub. It was such a wonderful night out! We had such an awesome day!

Fast Forward --- Today -- Monday

I went biking with my friend Randy at the abandon Pennsylvania Turnpike. www.abandonedturnpike.co
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It was so awesome! I loved it, I can't wait to go back with stronger flashlights so we can see better!

After that, I volunteered the rest of the afternoon at the library.

Good times
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KNITTY_JESS 6/25/2013 9:35PM

    I love scenic rides and hikes. You never know what you will find.

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KELSEY65 6/25/2013 6:11PM

    What a great day for you and your boyfriend! I read about the salad dressing and was immediately curious. It sounds wonderful, for when I get to that stage of eating.

A black bear, wow! I agree, you need your camera on these adventures!

I can't wait to be cleared to start biking and exercising, walking is already boring. :)

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DSCROW 6/25/2013 10:45AM

    Very exciting and maybe a little scary for me :). My Sister is in Pittsburgh, I love to visit and see her. I will gladly take the heat in summer for no snow in winter here in Alabama. Enjoy the outdoor season! emoticon emoticon emoticon and have FUN!

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BARCONIUS 6/25/2013 10:04AM

    I couldn't interest DW in a walk around the block. That's awesome.

I once had encounter with a black bear, but it was a little different. He was prowling in the middle of US322 in Seven Mountains. It ended OK for the bear, but one car was pretty much crunched.

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CHANGINGHORSES 6/25/2013 8:41AM

    Very cool! Would love to get to the Abandoned Turnpike this year. Still trying to squeeze it in. I love the Rail-Trails, they are the best. I will be riding with some other Sparkers this evening near here. (Hamburg- Schuylkill River Trail) Woohoo!

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/25/2013 8:26AM

    Wow! How absolutely COOL is that!
The black ones are the nice ones, unless you corner them, and give them loads of space, right?
When are you getting your camera fixed, Teamie?
Imagine, Bear on my Biketrail with Pictures?

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BRADMILL2922 6/25/2013 1:54AM

    Sounds like some pretty good bike riding that you got in! Good for you! That is pretty cool that you got to see a black bear but I definitely would have rode a lot faster after I saw him!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/24/2013 11:39PM

    Wonderful!

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