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).