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Philadelphia C&V Ride - rides again May 31

Old 05-06-14, 06:04 AM
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Philadelphia C&V Ride - rides again May 31

During the planning for the first trip several folks said "if only it was on a different weekend" so we'll do just that. Part 2 will be much the same as part 1. Let me know if you'd rather go all the way to the Water Works (more like 50 miles RT). Otherwise:

Saturday May 31st, 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 two big trees, the only trees 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 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 but you miss those really cool boardwalks out over the water.

We'll stop for lunch on the path in Manayunk (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 38 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. Let us know if you'd like to do the whole trail down past the Art Museum (50 miles or more round trip).
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This might work for me - but I'd probably ride up from town, meet you at valley forge and ride back - departing from Manayunk.
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Hey Prowler, I'm giving it serious consideration and if I don't work I'll add it to my schedule. Your planned route sounds like a lot of fun.
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Maybe we can triplet it!
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So far so good; I'm in town and no funerals/baptisms or weddings on the schedule
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Old 05-07-14, 04:26 AM
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This all sounds great. Yesterday (outstanding weather!!!) I rolled down to Ford St and the big blinky sign there says the SRT will be open all the time starting this Saturday. Nice. I also rode the section from the Perkiomen trail out to Port Providence - GOSH that saw a lot of water from the recent floods. Some parts had been 10 feet under water (from the flood debris up in the trees and on the rocks - ya can tell). I was rolling on hard packed mud for several hundred yards. Otherwise that section was AOK as its paved, no damage. The county had cleared the debris, limbs and trees off the trail beautifully.

Down east of Port Indian, several homes along the river there have ALL their stuff out on the driveways and lawns. Bad flooding there. Right next door were homes where the owners had just spent a fortune doing a up: raising the whole living space up 10 or 12 feet onto new block foundations. Talk about immediate payoff. Of course the SRT is on the old raised rail bed so it was AOK.

If anyone gets out on the Manayunk Canal Tow Path soon let us know what condition that's in, OK? Should be OK but best to get some eyeballs on it.
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My wife will be out of town with one daughter, so if I can get my 10 year old to ride the tandem with me I am in. He'll never make it to Manayunk but maybe to Norristown.

I rode the Perkiomen Trail up by me last night and it was all open. A lot of the gravel had been washed away but at least it was all clear. In most spots the high water mark was 50 to 100 yards in from the trail.
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This all sounds great. Yesterday (outstanding weather!!!) I rolled down to Ford St and the big blinky sign there says the SRT will be open all the time starting this Saturday. Nice. I also rode the section from the Perkiomen trail out to Port Providence - GOSH that saw a lot of water from the recent floods. Some parts had been 10 feet under water (from the flood debris up in the trees and on the rocks - ya can tell). I was rolling on hard packed mud for several hundred yards. Otherwise that section was AOK as its paved, no damage. The county had cleared the debris, limbs and trees off the trail beautifully.

Down east of Port Indian, several homes along the river there have ALL their stuff out on the driveways and lawns. Bad flooding there. Right next door were homes where the owners had just spent a fortune doing a up: raising the whole living space up 10 or 12 feet onto new block foundations. Talk about immediate payoff. Of course the SRT is on the old raised rail bed so it was AOK.

If anyone gets out on the Manayunk Canal Tow Path soon let us know what condition that's in, OK? Should be OK but best to get some eyeballs on it.
I'll check it tonight or tomorrow for you.

I do want to caution people - yeah, I've ridden it with 23cs too, but you should be careful if unfamiliar. I taco'd a rim on a hidden something or other once. Better off with 28c IMO.
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Old 05-21-14, 12:54 PM
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We're now close enough (next Saturday) that the 31st is coming up on the forecasts and it looks like a fine day - mostly cloudy but mid 70s and dry. That'll do nicely.

Let's get more Phila area forum members out and have some excellent tire kicking. Let us know.

Anyone been out on the Manayunk Tow Path lately? How are the surface conditions since the flooding a few weeks ago?

Hope to see you there. We push off from Lower Providence Valley Park at 10:00am
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Prowler, I'm still on the fence a bit on this. As it turns out I do not have to work. I can confirm later in the week.
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I'm not sure if I will be able to make it but is anyone potentially interested in doing another ride the weekend of June 21-22? My wife will be out of town so I should be free.
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Hey Prowler, I'm not able to make it tomorrow. I've been sick since Thursday.

I see 09box is proposing a ride June 21 or 22, which looks like a possibility to me.
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a Virus has struck......getting ready to leave and feel like crap....sorry, heading back to bed.
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Thanks for the notes guys. No worries. But you did miss an outstanding ride in perfect conditions. Perfect!!
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Weather looked great. I hope you do another soon.....I pledge to be there
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