Well, I finally felt recovered enough from my rib fracture three and a half weeks ago to attempt my first substantial ride. This afternoon at 4:30 PM, I met Bike Forums poster "derecola" for a 15 mile ride. We started from the trailhead in Pottstown's scenic but postage-stamp sized Riverfront Park, and rode the Schuylkill River Trail about six or seven miles to near Birdsboro, and then turned back.
Chris, to use his real name, and I hit it off immediately. He's new to serious cycling, and has an infectious enthusiasm. He reminded me why it's fun to ride with other people. Also, I'd never been as far north on the trail as we went, so I was happy to have fresh ground under my tires. Even if it was wet gravel.
Speaking of which, I held up pretty well. Aside from a slight twinge now and then, my rib felt OK on the ride, and I've had no stiffness or soreness since I got back hours ago. I had a little fatigue in my right shoulder from scoliosis, but that's normal for me. I still had some soreness in the heels of my palms - I landed on my hands when I fell back in Cumberland - but I suspect that will eventually go away.
And, now, some more photos. My apologies for the quality - this is my buggy camera that I landed on when I crashed:
Chris and his bike at the turn around point:
Chris again on the bridge spanning the Schuylkill River:
Trail approaching Birdsboro:
Matawany Creek in Riverfront Park, taken from the pedestrian bridge:
Trail as it winds through Riverfront Park: