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Philadelphia C&V Ride - time to get on with it

Old 04-09-14, 01:31 PM
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Philadelphia C&V Ride - time to get on with it

Ok, we're just over two weeks away from the first (as far as I know) Philadelphia area C&V ride. This is the plan so please read it over and let us know if you're joining us. We got several responses from the first thread (March 2nd) but it's about time to turn the 'maybe' folks into "Oh, yeah, I'll be there" and get a good count.

Saturday April 26th, setting out at 10:00 am. Start point is the Lower Perkiomen Valley Park (Lower Perkiomen Valley Park) in Oaks, PA (that's just north of Valley Forge National Park). Maps will show that you take the Oaks exit off Rte 422 onto Egypt Road then just east of there turn south to the park on New Mill road. First left into the large gravel parking area. I'll be parked near the big tree, the only tree in the lot. This is all REAL CLEAR on the satellite view.

We set out south on the Perkiomen Trail for about a mile then intersect the Schyulkill River Trail (Schuylkill River Trail), up and around the hairpin then east through Valley Forge Park. Folks could also park at the Betzwood trailhead and join us there (10:15??). Continue east past the Norristown Transportation Center and down to Ford Street.

The closure at Ford Street may still be in place there (or maybe not if things go well). If so, we take the 1.3 mile detour via Ford Street, E.Main Street/Ridge Pike, Conshohocken Road and Ernest Station Road back to the trail at the Fox memorial. Then smooth sailing all the way to Shawmont Ave. From there we contine on the Manayunk Canal Tow Path which is in very good condition and quite suitable for road bikes, especially those with 25mm or larger tires. An alternative is folks can go up to Umbria Street and into Manayunk.

We'll stop for lunch on the path in Manayunk at the access point across from Kildares Irish Pub/Publik House and Starbucks (between Conarro and Gay streets). There is a nice set of steps there, a collection of park benches and several resturants near by. Nice section of Manayunk. Please feel free to pack your lunch as it's a fine place to sit and visit and watch the traffic on the trail and on Main Street. I will. We could linger there for, maybe, an hour or until folks are getting restless.

Then we reverse, converse and disperse on the journey back to Oaks or where ever folks joined us. The round trip from Oaks is about 36 miles, 98% flat, 90% paved.

Post a reply here and let us know where you'll join in. There are several places along this route where folks can park and link up. Should be a great day.
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Old 04-10-14, 07:23 AM
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I have been looking for a vintage ride for a while now, living in NYC area thought it would be easy but no luck so far. This sounds like a great event and I will put it on my calendar.
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I would be down to go. But the fact I'm horridly out of shape is preventing me.
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Old 04-10-14, 10:39 AM
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I would be down to go. But the fact I'm horridly out of shape is preventing me.
This ride is about a) riding and b) people. b = drooling on bikes, telling tires and kicking lies. We'll do that before setting out and during the lunch break and at the conclusion. This route also offers many options, no one has to do the whole 36 miles to enjoy the day. From Oaks you can ride part way then swing off to ride elsewhere (I can offer suggestions if you like) - all nice county here. Folks can join the mob from several parking areas along the way (again, I can help you find em) or can just meet us for lunch in Manayunk. All good.

Do come anyway and I'll help you create a plan that you'll enjoy. We were all "horribly out of shape" at one point, some still are. SO WHAT!!
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I'm in unless I get delayed. I'm planning on being back in NJ by the evening of the 25th, a few hours of sleep and I'll head out to meet you at Lower Perkiomen Park. I'll bring either:

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I am not sure if I can attend - it's in the middle of finals week. I hope to be able to and know which bike I'll use if I can.
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I should be in, barring any surprise events from the kids. I plan to do the 10 mile ride ride down from Scwkenksville on the Perkiomen trail.

I am sure I won't be on anything as cool as Velognome's this or that, but probably on this....




or maybe that...

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I am sure I won't be on anything as cool as Velognome's this or that,
First time a Raleigh Sport was described "cool as" !
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Old 04-12-14, 04:10 AM
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
I am not sure if I can attend - it's in the middle of finals week. I hope to be able to and know which bike I'll use if I can.
Aaron, Surely you'll need at least a wee mental break at that point. At least join us in Manayunk for a crumb and a swig. We'll be scattered around on the benches. Good tire kicking there. You could even then ride west with us as far as time permits then back to the grind.

Hope so.......
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I'm going to try and make this one. It's close to one of my favorite beer snob establishments, Capones in Norristown. If I can make it, I plan to ride on of these.



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I'm going to try and make this one. It's close to one of my favorite beer snob establishments, Capones in Norristown. If I can make it, I plan to ride on of these.
Great. I've not been to Capones but we are getting a lot of micro's around Philly now. Folks are making some really excellent beer, all sorts of flavors, plenty of hops and not a grain of rice to be found. Back to the ancient Pennsylvania tradition of brewing: over 300 breweries in the state at one point. Nix Besser. Glad you can make it.

At this point the models are predicting sunny, clear 62deg F. "Poifect!!" Let's get some more local C&V folks out.
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The weather looks great for next Saturday so let's turn em out for this: clear, dry and sunny. Nice group so far but there are more eastern PA C&V members we've not heard from. Please join us so we can connect more faces and names with 'handles'.
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The weather still looks great for Saturday. Lovely weather. I recently rode down to recon the detour in Norristown (Ford St to Ernst Station). Despite what the Project Manager told me the construction ain't gonna be done 'by the end of April'. Maybe not till July. So we'll ride the detour together. No worries.

I'll be at the Lower Perkiomen Valley Park around 9:30, parked by the big tree. Hope to see you soon.
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Well, I wont be back on the east coast in time to make the ride I hope there will be more group rides in the future!
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I'd love to join but I'm having a surprise bday party for my wife Saturday. Have a great ride guys!
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We'll miss seeing you Rob. The weather still looks perfect and I just learned yesterday that the SRT section from Ford St to Ross St will be open tomorrow (never woulda guessed!!). We do not need to detour out into traffic. That section will now be open weekends only for a bit then all the time by mid May. We'll be on the trail the whole way.

SO: all's well for our first C&V ride. I also learned that the Park is holding an Arbor Day event tomorrow so the section of the gravel lot closest to the trail will be closed. No worries, we'll park in the section closest to New Mill Road. I'll be there in my 2008 silver Toyota 4 dr sedan (with the black/yellow Nishiki International). We'll walk em over to the trail and push off at 10:00am. See you soon.

NOAA says rain is unlikely and, if so, not until late afternoon. We're golden.
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I was holding out hope that I would not have to drop off and pick up the kids at their water polo match in Allentown this morning but last night I got the news that I am. I was hoping to make t lest a portion of the ride but now it looks like I am out totally.
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Back home to blue skies and mild weather. Too late to join the ride....so it's off on a short solo ride. Hope you guys are enjoying yourselves!
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I couldnt make it due to 2 morning soccer games, will be heading out for a local ride. Wish I could have made it.
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How did the ride turn out?
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What a great day it was.

Boy, did I have a great day yesterday. The storm that so sadly soaked the folks on Cape Cod rolled thru here on Friday night and left us with bright sun and cool dry air. The sort of beautiful spring day that we'd longed for all winter, thru 18 winter storms. Spring has not sprung this year, it has exploded outta the ground - clawing at the sun just the way us humans are doing. Pushed off from LPVP while watching numerous gangs of volunteers planting new trees around the park (and saw other Arbor day activity in various spots along the trail). Rolled around and thru some residual puddles but otherwise had perfect trail conditions. For those who know the SRT: the entire stretch thru the sylvan tunnel from the Betzwood Bridge to Port Indian has been repaved in the last week. Excellent surface now. 60deg F, clear, mild west wind. Celtic music in the ear buds, classic purr of the chain and FW, flowering everything on both sides and the gentle river 'right there' to watch.

Lots of folks on the trail but mine was the finest classic lightweight in play. Lots of full zoot cyclists out on their full carbon and aluminum rigs, 11spd rears, proper kit, proper up-to-date everything having a great day. I normally do not pass them but when Lunasa is cranking in both ears that Nishiki just gotta go. "Sorry about that." My pace is often determined by the tempo of the tunes.

The trail was open at Ford St so no public roads all day. Right before Ross St it's currently rough loose stone (best to just walk the road bike) but that's only 50 yds or so. No bugs yet, all the flowering trees out, tulips, forsythia, even the weeds looked good. Good girl watching too, some very good watching. The Manayunk Tow Path is in fine shape so I just rolled along past the spillway and along the canal, thru the geese and past the flowers. In spots the old buildings are right on the water so board walks are build out over the canal for the trail. I do enjoy those sections as it reminds me of riding out on the docks at Menemsha, MA.

Arrived at Kildare's earlier than expected (due to the pace) and found the perfect bench on Main St, in the sun. For a while I just sat and watched the show. Lots of folks out, lots of bikes blasting along Main St (the cars are VERY used to the bike traffic there) and light car traffic. All sorts of bikes, all sorts of people, kids, cops, old folks, someone with a unicorn head on (funny watching people trying to ignore that), motorcycles, flashy cars and more good girl watching.

I'd checked the radar loop before leaving home and knew that Cape Cod was getting hosed down and thought about them often. All just luck. I've done the CCRT in warm sun but knew it was not happening. After a nice blow I pushed off & headed west and enjoyed it all again. You all know how a route looks so different just going the other direction - just like that. But, as is so often the case, I was pushing a headwind back - not bad but the pace was down a bit. Still plenty of folks out, even a few packs of families and scout troops on their mountain bike trains. Just part of the fun.

As the trails turns along the way the headwind changes but when I saw the wind sock at American Water I knew it was 'a job of work' from there on (7 miles). Good for the heart. Back to the car, on wobbly legs, around 1:00 after 38 miles. Could not have been a much better ride. Several folks had said earlier 'if only it was on a different weekend' so I think I'll do this again on May 31st (saturday) same time, same place. Maybe ride on down to the end and eat lunch under a huge tree at the Water Works. We'll see.

Nope, didn't carry a camera - never do. Just soaked in the day.
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