A Tale of Three Trails - Another Photo-heavy Post by The Historian
30 miles, 162 photos. Don't worry, you won't have to see all 162 pictures.
I hoped to meet a Clydesdale Bike Forums poster at Spring Mill on the Schuylkill River Trail, but 3:00 PM came and went without his presence. Perhaps the rain earlier in the day discouraged him. So I decided to turn the day into a photographic display on three local trails:
- the Cross County Trail, partially complete, and currently running from Conshohocken to Plymouth Meeting.
- the Schuylkill River Trail from Conshohocken to Manayunk.
- the Manayunk Canal Towpath.
After riding back and forth waiting for the Bike Forums poster, I headed onto the Cross County Trail.
There seem to be two types of multi-use trails and paths - the scenic and the utilitarian. The utilitarian describes much of the Schuylkill River Trail, and almost the entirety of the Cross County Trail as it exists now. Montgomery County is working to preserve open space, but it's a county with over 600 thousand residents. Conshohocken and Plymouth Meeting are very close to Philadelphia, and it's a very heavily developed area. While the first part of the CCT promises some scenery...
...the trail soon enters the retail development of Plymouth Meeting. If you want to ride to buy a futon, an Ikea is right handy. Ditto Target, Barnes and Noble, Mens Wearhouse, Lowes, etc.
The trail will eventually arrive at Fort Washington, but for now to dead ends on Germantown Pike in Plymouth Meeting.
Unfortunately, there's not much to see on the trail. At the end, I crossed a small field to reach a historic building on Germantown Pike.
More to come.....