Yesterday's 15 mile ride was a repeat of last week, with many of the same plus and minus. Once again I rode on the Schuylkill River Trail and part of the Perkiomen Trail, from Port Providence to Betzwood and back. Once again I incorporated a trip to the gym into my ride. And again I managed to maintain 13MPH as a cruising speed for the ride. At least when I wasn't taking photos.
I've mentioned before that the trails pass near Mill Grove, the first home in America of John James Audubon. The 18th century house sits high above the Perkiomen Creek. Yesterday the "Perkioming", to use Audubon's spelling, was a liquid mirror.
Audubon two centuries ago might have considered swans a common species, but I don't see them often.
Near the end of the ride I stopped at the Schuylkill Canal on Longford Road. A child and her parents were throwing bread to the waterfowl - Canada geese, mallards, and the like. I took some good shots of the feeding frenzy. Both I and the family beat a speedy retreat. Incidentally, the father and his Boy Scout troop rode the C & O Canal the week before I and Neil F. did it last year.
To bring some on-topic, AKA bike, material to this thread, I continue to find the saddle uncomfortable after about four miles or so. I have a Brooks, but I haven't installed it yet.
Oh, and I found someone had taken my parking spot at the gym:
It's a sign of my growing bike awareness, and snobbery, that I checked out the bike. "Carbon fork and Speedplay, nice, but Tiagra front and rear?"