Completion of the long running Schuylkill River Trail project is getting a bit closer. In nearby Phoenixville there's a stretch under construction, PENDOT is adding a bike lane when they replace a bridge the trail is going to use, and tomorrow there's a ribbon cutting for new off and on road trail sections:
I'm going to try to be at the ribbon cutting ceremonies in Hamburg tomorrow. But what I'm excited about is the road section:
"Dedication of an 18-mile on-road section of the Schuylkill River Trail from the City of Reading to Yarnell Park in Five Locks."
The press release is garbled. Yarnell Park is in the City of Reading, and Five Locks just south of Hamburg. But it's 18 miles I've not done before, it's my first ride of more than 30 miles in eight months, and a chance to be awesome. Also, it's training for my rides later this year and will help me get in shape for probable knee replacement.
The route map isn't available yet. But here's my draft route, based on the report from 2007 on the trail's website:
Only concern is riding parts of PA Rt. 61. But they are short, and you only live once. Also, I've ridden some of these roads with Sayre Kulp, so I have an idea of what to expect.
I'm starting Sunday morning in Hamburg. Anyone care to join me?