Perkiomen, somewhat cloudy,
Indian water slipping down a mountain stream,
You know what I mean, I feel Perkiomen.
- Hall and Oates, "Perkiomen"
Today's ride perhaps wasn't one most Bike Forums posters would call "epic" or "important", but it was for me. It's the first time I've enjoyed riding in quite a while. Like the protagonist in the song lyric I quoted above, I've felt "Perkiomen" for a while. So it felt proper to ride the Perkiomen Trail today, or at least the central part, from the Graterford trailhead to up past Spring Mount. I didn't pay attention to the mileage computer, but the ride was about 15 miles.
The first of the two big former Perkiomen Railroad bridges over the Perkiomen Creek. As the song lyrics imply, "Perkiomen" is a Lenape word meaning "muddy river."
Just past the second big railroad bridge, before Schwenksville.
My poor photography cannot convey the intensity of the colors on display. This week and next week will have the leaves at their peak.
The trail from the pedestrian ramp leading to the sidewalk:
Once I reached Schwenksville I rode onto Gravel Pike, or Rt. 29, for a few blocks, so I could see some of the Victorian buildings in town. (The trail follows Rt. 29 for most of the distance between Collegeville and Spring Mount.) Rt. 29 isn't great for bikes, but traffic didn't give me a hard time.
Display at the Schwenksville Volunteer Fire Company, 134 years old in 2008.
Roark at one of the two bridges flanking the road crossing leading to Spring Mount.
More to come.....