Friday, August 19, 2011

Cleaning off the digi-cam


Haven’t had time for a lot of riding lately.  Towards the end of this heat spell


I came down with a wicked cold slash virus slash bronchitis slash “can’t totally get rid of the hideous nighttime cough.”  If I can’t sleep at night I sure can during the day, thus not much productivity…


Did manage to wander slightly off the trail near Lancaster Ave to Schlegal Park a couple weeks ago.  Not much happening there these days but it is a nice view of the fire tower, pagoda & city.


Whole lotta this going on…


My favorite “can barely grow it here Southern veggie.”   (okra for the under privileged)


A little bit of craftiness…transformed a $1.99 raglan into a custom biking tee.  Just Google ‘freezer paper tutorial’ if you’re into making your own.


And I took a couple plain reflective tees from my stockpile & made them a little more comfy for myself.  Left one shows the 2 back pockets I added to one.  Both got side color blocking which makes them fit better on the bike.  Stupid. Bad. Sizing. For. Tiny. People.


Last Thursday I rode tortured myself on the Perkiomen Trail through Montgomery County from Green Lane Park to wherever-the-hell it ends near Oaks.  I wasn’t quite sure where to start the trail from my parking space so I backtracked before I found the official start--but that allowed me to do the whole. damn. thing. in one shot.  41.3 miles of torture where I neglected to take any food or extra water, my own stupidity…a nice water fountain near Schwenksville on the return saved me from sure death.  Had the camera but only got a couple shots of the pure white great blue heron I spotted near Collegeville.  I turned back at the “Welcome to the Schuylkill River Trail” sign, that’s another ride for another day and my next big hurdle, the run from Oaks to Philadelphia.


This morning brought more of this (I picked a nearly identical basket just yesterday) and lots of canning time today.


I made 5 jars of candied jalapenos, 3 of pickled sweet banana peppers & 5 of peach freezer jam.  Should do us for a few days & then I’ll do it all over again!


Hoping to ride around Green Lane again tomorrow if I have wheels (car is in the shop so we’ll see).  Still coughing & hacking, wish me luck!  Happy trails!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Goal Met! And some pics


I wanted to ride 100 mi this week and did it!  Considering this is just week 3 of my new obsession I think that’s pretty good.  I feel awesome, lost a couple pounds, definitely feel stronger and I got to put away some clothes that were too big and now fit in some I haven’t worn for over a year.   Part of it is due to this


First large basket of veggies from the garden.  We’ve eaten them all (well, I canned about 10 jars of pickles too) and pick about this much every 2 or 3 days.


Today I biked to the river park in Pottstown, back through Birdsboro, to Gibraltar, up Gibraltar Rd to the Exeter Trail, I found this sign at the end (above).  I used to walk the Exeter Trail but had never gone this far.  It continues up Neversink Mountain but I tried pushing the bike up and it’s just too rough and steep to do on the bike (now anyway, I may get brave eventually).


Last week me and 2 buddies rode up to the Blue Marsh Stilling Basin.  Red Bridge seen along the way.


Beginning of the connector trail from the Union Canal Trail to Blue Marsh.  Sign above on one side of the road, below are on the other.



That’s Berks County Prison off in the distance, lol.




Beginning of the official Blue Marsh trails (we haven’t done that yet).





I’ve been trying to get a good Blue Heron pic…this ones not so hot.

I had a great week & I’m biking this route again Sunday to the Berks Heritage Center for a free tour day. 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

First Draft of Bike Bag



Excuse my cheap bike, it does get me from A to B (and I just picked up a second, nicer bike) but I wanted to share my first attempt at a frame bag.  You wouldn’t believe how much stuff I can haul around! 


That bottle holder pocket didn’t work, it hit my leg so it’s coming off but the rest worked great.  There’s a large zipper on the other side-inside is a spare tube, extra water bottle, wallet, tool pouch, a pretty decent first aid kit, sunscreen, digicam & granola bars.  I need to tweak the design a bit but considering I made it in about an hour with nothing but a newspaper template, tape measure & some scrap (waterproof) duck cloth I had on hand, I’m happy with it.  Now I need to figure out how to fit one on my true mtn bike that’s a girls model with less space.

Marker 594 Fred J Doberstein Overlook Campsite



This is a nice place to take a break & stretch your legs in the shade.  It’s between Birdsboro & Pottstown, near Gear Jammers Saloon.





Sweaty, red-faced pic but figured I should show myself here somewhere.  I’m off today for a ride to Reading & beyond.  Happy cycling!

Friday, July 1, 2011



I have to sort a ton of photos & figure out how best to share them for each section of the trail that I’ve traveled but for now I’ll share a few from today’s ride from Birdsboro to Pottstown.


Hmm, what’s that up ahead?





Ooo, 2 babies!


We were 3 feet away!  One was pretty spunky, he started to follow us and hissed when we passed.  Thank goodness mama wasn’t around, I kept watching for her to come running from the woods to defend her babies.  They were spotted near marker 594 (Fred J. Doberstein Overlook Campsite).