Some lowlights from the recent four day Neils on Wheels tour of Philadelphia, Doylestown, and Bethlehem:
- Neil B. accidentally lead our heroes the wrong way on a one way street in downtown Philadelphia.
- Neil F. neglected to eat a proper breakfast and bonked one day.
- Neil B. rode through a large puddle of water that contained a pothole, and fell. Fortunately neither bike nor rider were injured.
- Both Neils had a hotel room reserved at an establishment located on a highway marked "Motor Vehicles Only". They only discovered this during a pouring rainstorm.
- Neither Neil realized just how high up on a mountain Bethlehem, PA, is located.
- Neil F. SAGged on the final day. Neil B. got a ride partway home, got dropped off at the wrong place, and rode for 45 minutes to get back to the right area. This involved riding 7 miles of ground he'd covered in a car an hour before.
- Neil B. bought a large bike bell that sounds like an old-fashioned doorbell.
- Neil F. bought a cargo net for his rack.
- The Hotel Bethlehem was the most bike-friendly hotel I've come across. The front desk gave me a larger room once they discovered we had bikes with us, and the doorman took my dirty, heavy bike up to my room for me. Besides that, it's a darn nice hotel.
- The weather for the ride into Bethlehem was cold, but clear and crisp. Yes, the hills were brutal, but we both made it. And the city was beautiful, or at least the historic district.
- Neil F. took LOTS of photos:
Lake Galena, near Doylestown, PA:
The Clothespin, Philadelphia, PA, at night:
Clock tower, City Hall, Philadelphia, at night:
Light show, Macy's, Philadelphia. This is the former John Wanamaker's building, and that's the store's pipe organ in the background:
Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, PA:
Neil B. next to an odd sign, with Central Moravian in the background:
Seasonal cyclist in front of the "Rocky" steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: