Tuesday, October 21, 2014

We Ride the Covered Bridges Ride, and Visit Philadelphia

Last weekend, Helen and I went to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, for the Covered Bridges Ride, hosted by the Central Bucks Bike Club. There are a variety of distances available, and we selected the mostly fine gravel towpath and Delaware River path ride. It started in Tinicum Park, Pennsylvania, crossed the Frenchtown Bridge into New Jersey, and continued down the gravel path to Bull's Island, then returned via the same route. 
I chose my Jamis cyclocross bike for this ride, and Helen was riding her new Giant Anyroad with disc brakes. Both of our bikes had 32mm knobby tires, which proved to be the best choice for the fine gravel surface, both in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The rest stop at Bull's Island was well stocked with snacks, and we met lots of friendly riders there. 
We also visited close relatives in Warrington, Pennsylvania. Thanks a lot to Ira and Terry for putting us up for two nights! Our tour of Philadelphia included the River Walk, Omega Cheesesteak, and the new Barnes Museum.
One can't say too much about the scenery around New Hope. It is a riders paradise, with good country roads, an excellent gravel path along the Delaware River, and lots of restaurants/galleries/shopping in the towns of New Hope and Lambertville, NJ.