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 events...an 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.