A couple of weeks back, I set out to ride the Schuylkill River Trail from Valley Forge east, just to explore somewhere new to me. I had a nice 5.5 mile ride when I noticed my front tire was a bit low. I stopped to pump it up and head back to the car, when I accidentally let all the air out of my tire. One thoughtful soul stopped to see if I needed assistance, and rode off without actually giving any. That was a bit frustrating. (I'm not sharing details on the tire. It's embarrasing.)
So, I started the long slog back to my car. I walked about 4 miles before another Good Samaritan stopped and got my tire reinflated. It was actually a good experience, except my knees took about 3 days to recover.
So, last night, I set out on the same trail, same direction. Since I accomplished so much with my extended walk last time, I thought I'd push the ride a town. So, instead of stopping in Norristown, at 5.5 miles, I continued on down to Conshohocken, PA, at 8.5 miles. It was a very nice ride out, in sight of the Schyulkill River for most of the trip. The two sewage treatment facilities I past weren't too pleasant, but they past quickly. Stopped for a brief rest and a cool drink and headed back.
I got 11 miles or so into the ride and started to tire out, so I stopped long enough to update DW on my progress and got a drink and continued on. At about 13 miles, I was kind of done. My legs were OK, but I couldn't catch my breath. It never occured to me that I'd find such a hard limit before I got back to my car. Now, all it required was a bit of a rest and a slightly slower pace (10 mph instead of 12 mph), and I got back to the car just fine. And it was nice to know I'd pushed myself.
Appalachian Trail update: My team is 205 miles from our goal. We've collectively walked over 1,000 miles over the last six weeks. The challenge ends June 5th, but we'll likely reach our goal this weekend, unless everyone takes the holiday weekend off. I have to confess i haven't really kept up my part of the challenge, but we're going to make it. This fall, we'll be doing a virtual walk across Europe.
Complete trivia: I discovered this building in Norristown, PA. For those who don't know me, the family name is Rambo.