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Another Day, Another Trail (minus water weight)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I raced the fading daylight (an all too regular practice anymore) to try out a trail I'd not ridden yet last night. I've kind of been saving this one. It isn't a rail trail, so it had turns and small hills for variety. I've walked about a half mile stretch once in the past, when I was going to college across the Tulpehocken Creek from the trail (the Tully, for locals). I hadn't researched the trail, so I didn't really know how far I could go and DW decided she wanted to come along and walk, so we coordinated times and decided it would be 20 minutes out and back. All things equal, we'd get back to the beginning about the same time.

I'm glad we made it. It was cool in the shade, and the sound of running water was soothing. The air was humid with evaporating water from the creek. You could see the flies rising at some spots on the Tully, but they stayed over the water. Good for the fish and the bike rider. The trail passes through two historical parks, both of which were closed. This is a much nicer way to get there than driving, and I won't have to deal with crowded parking lots for busy extra bonus. The only down side was that the segment of the trail I planned to ride is shorter than I expected. It's not really a problem, though. The trail extend farther in both directions. In fact, it connects to the Schuylkill River Trail I rode the other weekend, so, I guess, I could ride all day if I were inclined, and had opportunity. The trail is well marked, with distances clearly advertised. Future planning will be a snap.

My Spark little sister, LovingAfrica reminded me that the weight I picked up over the weekend was most likely water weight, and it's gone except for a few ounces. Thanks sis. I wasn't worried, but the encouragement was appreciated.

Nice, hot August weather is back and the sky seems sunny from here in my data center cubicle. I'm thinking I'll try last night's trail again, only extend my boundaries a bit...a good bit.
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  • PATTYR81
    1916 days ago
    So glad that water is gone! I so hate it when that happens.
    That trail sounds absolutely wonderful. Enjoy it, it is way to dangerous over here to try something like that.
    Glad DW enjoyed it with you too!
    Good Job!
    1916 days ago
  • JOE14250
    Hey keep it up, Love the Tully trail. It goes to Blue Marsh all the way from StoneCliff area. With a few exceptions(Schuylkill Ave. bridge and Glenside) you can travel all the way to Pottstown from Blue Marsh Dam.

    I remember biking that trail one evening like this one and saw a small family going single file squeezed on the right side of the trail in the dusk. Skunks!

    I kept a respectful distance and warned people coming the other way too.
    1916 days ago
    How awesome. Sounds absolutely beautiful. Glad you are going to get to enjoy it.
    1916 days ago
    Oh I love the trail along the Tully. Union Canal Towpath I think it is officially called. ??? That has always been a favorite place to walk, ride or run. I am so glad to hear about your outings and that your wife is going along. That is cool!
    1916 days ago
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