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DATE TRAIL DATE TRAIL
2015 August 2 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail / Grenloch Trail   2015 August 21 Perkiomen Trail (Graterford to Oaks)
2015 August 3 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail / Grenloch Trail   2015 August 22 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail / Blackwood Estates
2015 August 5 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail   2015 August 23 Tour de Blackwood
2015 August 6 Blackwood Estates   2015 August 25 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail / Lakeland / BWD
2015 August 7 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail   2015 August 25 Gloucester Township Community Park Trail / Outlets
2015 August 8 Perkiomen Trail (Graterford to Schwenksville)   2015 August 26 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail
2015 August 9 Perkiomen Trail (Graterford to Cedar Road)   2015 August 27 Skippack Trail / Evansburg Park State / Palmer Park
2015 August 10 Monroe Township Bikeway   2015 August 27 Perkiomen Trail (Graterford to Schwenksville)
2015 August 11 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail   2015 August 28 Skippack Trail
2015 August 12 Tuckahoe Road   2015 August 30 Monroe Township Bikeway
2015 August 13 Timber Creek Park   2015 August 30 Elephant Swamp Trail
2015 August 13 Valleybrook Golf View Drive   2015 August 30 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail
2015 August 13 Gloucester Township Community Park Trail   2015 August 30 Day Recap
2015 August 18 East Greenwich Township Thompson Family Park   2015 August 31 Recumbent Bike
      2015 August Final Monthly Statistics

AUGUST 2, 2015

Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) plus the Grenloch trail

The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail, formerly known as the Blackwood Railroad Trail, is a paved bicycle/pedestrian path in Blackwood, Gloucester Township. The bikeway is constructed on an abandoned railroad right-of-way and connects neighborhoods with schools and recreational facilities. One of the trail's highlights is the restored railroad caboose adjacent to the right-of-way near West Church Street.

The trail begins at Brown and East Atlantic avenues, where there is limited space to park cars. It passes through a wooded area before going under New Jersey Route 42, also know as the North-South Freeway. After crossing Clementon Avenue, the trail enters the woods again.

Once out of the woods, Washington Avenue is on the right and a ball field and play lot are on the left. Now running parallel to West Railroad Avenue, the trail passes a large athletic complex with three baseball fields. The trail continues past residential neighborhoods before crossing Elaine Avenue and ending at Main Street by Grenloch Lake.

For inquiring minds, in the picture above, that is the baseball fields I played on as a child. As pictured is my Elementary School. This path is scenic yes, but also nostalgic for me.

Instagram Post: (1) Hitting those Gloucester Township trails #Biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit (2) For those that know the area, today's ride was my house to the trail. Take the trail all the way to the end (end of Gloucester Township) but continue until the paved road ends at Landing Road. Turn around go all the way back. Except this time make a right on Lakeland Road. When the road T's, go left through Lakeland, into Grenloch. Turn left on Central Ave, down the S hill, past the Blackwood Lake, then turn left back onto the trail. Exit at my neighborhood and home. It's a 8 mile circuit filled with hills, scenery and plenty of resistance.

Blackwood Railroad Trail plus the Grenloch trail
State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: 8 miles
Trail end points: Brown Ave. at Atlantic Ave. to Main St. at Glenloch Lake
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail

 

AUGUST 3, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) short track plus the Grenloch trail Modified

For a description of the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) see 2015 August 2

Modified means I only took the trail two / thirds of the way (to Almonesson Road), then returned the entire trail into Grenloch. I rode past the Grenloch Lake and up the dreaded "S" Hill (Central Avenue). It is a very steep hill that winds. Extremely challenging and very poor visibility from oncoming traffic. I then looped around the block before coasting down the hill, back onto the trail and then home. This is only 5 miles, but the last mile is extremely hard.

The pictures: The Fitness Trail sign is seen in multiple spots along the path. Tis Welcome to Gloucester Township sign is at the base of the Grenloch Lake. The banner is over at the Train at Church Street. My selfie is at my old Little League fields as is the picture of the field. Finally, the lower right is the Grenloch Lake.

Instagram Post: (1) Back at it #Biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit (2) #Biking (3) Today's #Biking Adventure #FitDontQuit #FightForIt For those in the know, I biked up that damn S hill for the first time in like 30 years today. Felt good!!

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: 6.0 miles
Trail end points: Brown Ave. at Atlantic Ave. to Main St. at Glenloch Lake
Trail surfaces: Asphalt

 

AUGUST 5, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) Twice

For a description of the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) see 2015 August 2

Stated above this is a 6 mile track up and back. The first time around, I went for speed. The second time I took in some scenery along the way. Here are some new (and some better) pictures of the scenery along the path. I tried to take pictures of the township and trail signs as well as the landmarks. All of this images have been discussed in previous posts.

Instagram Post: (1) #Biking #FitDontQuit #FightForIt Some of today's scenery (2) At the train #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #Biking The bike trail is the old railroad tracks through town. That however was a loooong time ago (3) This is just sad #Biking #FitDontQuit #FightForIt (4) The bike trail takes me past my old elementary school #Biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit (5) Bike trail also goes past the good old little league field #Biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #Baseball #Wolves

 

AUGUST 6, 2015
Today's adventure was Blackwood Estates

This is a self made track using an adjacent neighborhood. There were many reasons for this. The primary reason was to bike somewhere new. Also wanted a course that was close to home. Finally, just wanted a change of scenery. All of my above variables were met and this course is relatively flat but does offer some resistance and hills. Its a nice little circuit that can be used on its own or combined with either the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) or the Grenloch Trail for additional mileage.

I was pretty pressed for time this day so no pictures or Instagram posts. Honestly not a lot to see, just your standard suburban neighborhood. Here are the specifications anyway.

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: 3.0 miles
Blackwood Estates
Trail surfaces: Asphalt

 

AUGUST 7, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) Twice

For a description of the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) see 2015 August 2

Stated above this is a 6 mile track up and back. Today was about speed, I road this track as fast as I could. I did set a new personal best in time. The return trip was increasing the resistance and going hard. I then did the trail again, going hard for the initial three miles then cooling down the ride home. I've shown all the pictures I could of this trail along the way. In the future I'll get a bit more creative with them.

Instagram Post: (1) New 3 mile personal best. Now the return trip home & do it all over again #Biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

 

AUGUST 8, 2015
Today's adventure was the Perkiomen Trail

The history of Perkiomen Trail railroad corridor extends more than 140 years. Founded shortly after the Civil War, the Perkiomen Railway Company started running from Oaks to Pennsburg in 1868. New transportation spurred development along the line, which then extended to Emmaus and the Lehigh Valley. In the 1920s the Perkiomen Valley was a favored vacation spot, and people used the railroad for access to recreation areas. The Reading Company bought the line in 1944, but a decline in recreational interests, suburban development on natural lands and the advent of the automobile as the favored form of transportation caused passenger trains on this route to cease operations by 1955.

Much of the old railroad right-of-way has been preserved as the Perkiomen Trail, a 19.5-mile multiuse trail extending from its connection with the Schuylkill River Trail in Oaks to Green Lane Park in Green Lane. The trail passes through a rich and varied landscape, including town centers, parks and rural areas, and parallels scenic Perkiomen Creek for much of its route. Most of the trail is surfaced with cinder and packed gravel, with some paved segments. The trail is a regional access between Green Lane Park in Green Lane, Central Perkiomen Valley Park in Schwenksville and Lower Perkiomen Valley Park in Oaks, as well as two significant sites, the Mill Grove Landmark in Audubon and Pennypacker Mills Site in Schwenksville.

The trail travels through serene wooded areas and rural and suburban neighborhoods, providing an everyday escape and also a versatile community transportation route. Small businesses along the trail demonstrate its immense popularity. One highlight comes near the southern end right where the trail meets up with Schuylkill River Trail. Here you can experience Valley Forge National Historic Park. In addition to enjoying a wonderful visitor center, explore the grounds to where George Washington and the Continental Army famously retreated in the winter of 1777 – 1778.

Today we went from E to about midway between H & I. (Graterford Trailhead to Schwenksville) Basically used the fire stations as our markers. I was a lot of fun to go do something with all the nephews. We had a great time and I was able to ride a new trail. A lot to see on the path. Many bridges, water ways and rest areas. We also at one point had to dodge a few deer. It was an enjoyable trail. Looking forward to seeing more of it. After the ride, We stopped off for pizza at Izzy's (its literally on the trail). Fun day.

Instagram Post: (1) #Biking with the nephews #FightForIt #FitDontQuit (2) 7 mile bike ride with the nephews today up at their place. #PerkiomenTrail #Biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit Great Time

State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Montgomery
Length: 19.5 miles
Trail end points: Hill Rd. at Lumber St. (Green Lane)
to Station Avenue (Oaks)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail

 

AUGUST 9, 2015
Today's adventure was the Perkiomen Trail

For a description of the Perkiomen Trail see 2015 August 8

After the success of yesterday, my nephews wanted me to stay over and go biking again. On this outting we went eight miles (Graterford to Cedar Road) It was a little further and we saw more of the trail. A few more bridges and more forrest. Today unlike yesterday there was no episodes of having to dodge deer. Today however, we did get my sister to come out with us. Another exciting day on the trails.

State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Montgomery
Length: 19.5 miles
Trail end points: Hill Rd. at Lumber St. (Green Lane)
to Station Avenue (Oaks)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail

Instagram Post: (1)Todays #Biking view #PerkiomenTrail #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

 

 

AUGUST 10, 2015
Today's adventure was the Monroe Township Bikeway

The Monroe Township Bikeway is a 6.36-mile connection between the suburban communities of Glassboro and Williamstown. In Glassboro the trail passes through the dense forest of the Glassboro Fish and Wildlife Management Area and then transitions through quiet residential neighborhoods and community open spaces. The trail follows the former right-of-way of the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Line that served the New Jersey shore points of Atlantic City, Ocean City, Wildwood and Cape May. The Seashore Line did not follow a stream valley like so many eastern rail corridors; the result is a trail that is arrow-straight for long distances.

Beginning in Glassboro the trail cuts east and passes a few commercial and industrial properties before it enters a hardwood forest within the Glassboro Fish and Wildlife Management Area. The heavy tree canopy helps keep this section of the trail cooler during summer. The forest thins out to a single-file line of trees on both sides before crossing Monroe Avenue. After the street crossing, the trail returns to a heavily wooded forest for the next 1.5 miles.

The Monroe Township Bikeway emerges from the forest at the edge of a residential neighborhood. The route becomes more open, as it passes residential neighborhoods for about 0.5 mile before returning to forested shade. After crossing North Tuckahoe Road, you pass the Williamstown Middle School complex, with ball fields and a football stadium. The trail crosses Clayton Road and runs parallel to Railroad Avenue for a short distance, and you pass community ball fields.

The trail reaches an unassuming end at Blue Bell Road across the street from the Williamstown Police Station. A plaque at the Williamstown end of the bikeway designates it as the George F. McDonald Sr. Memorial Bike Path. McDonald served as mayor of Williamstown from 1975 to 1978. A convenience store at the end of the trail is perfect for stocking up on refreshments before returning to Glassboro.

Instagram Post: (1) Just finished today's #Biking Adventure #MonroeTownshipBikeway Williamstown-Glassboro So I really pushed myself here, remember only doing roadwork for about 2 weeks. Today I was extremely proud of myself 13.0 miles. That's the most at 1 interval I've done. I've done that on a day over two rides but never all at once. It was a very productive day!

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Gloucester
Length: 6.36 miles
Trail end points: Bluebell Rd./CR 633 at Virginia Ave.
(Williamstown) to Delsea Manor Dr./SR 47 (Glassboro)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail

 

AUGUST 11, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) plus

For a description of the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) see 2015 August 2

The Instagram post below really says it all. I wanted to see some different things so I went onto the Black Horse Pike for a bit. New outlet stores opening in two days so I checked it out. Hopefully I'll be able to find a trail around them at some point. Tonight was the first time I experienced a little inclement weather and used my lights. Glad all the safety equipment worked the way it was designed to.

Instagram Post: (1) Tonight's #Biking activity. I thought it wouldn't happen with 3 interviews, 2 other appointments with friends & the lousy weather but I managed to squeeze in a 7 mile modified #GloucesterTownshipHealthAndWellnessTrail tonight. From Grenloch Lake (Upper Right) to the end of the trail and back. Lower left is the 42 underpass. It looks a lot more "Children of the Cornish" at dusk. So naturally my dumb ass stops for a picture. Had to use my lights for the first time through the woods (they work). Went off trail a bit to see the new #GloucesterPremiumOutlets opening this weekend. In all a good trip, but I have work to do hence the picture of the recumbent bike & elliptical. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

Below is just the extended part that I did in order to get in the extra mile.You can also look above for the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) map, its on here a few times.

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: 6.0 miles
Trail end points: Brown Ave. at Atlantic Ave. to
Main St. at Glenloch Lake
Trail surfaces: Asphalt

 

AUGUST 12, 2015
Today's adventure was Tuckahoe Road, Franklinville, NJ

Since I started biking, many people have connected on Instagram. I also have got back in touch with some friends I honestly haven't seen in a while (Dave and Amy). These interactions led to the Monroe Township Bikeway.

Today Dave and Amy invited me to ride with the local club (Williamstown) which is a branch of the Badgers Tri Club. Tonight they held a brick event. Honestly I had no idea what that meant. It simply means, you ride down the allotted path for 22 minutes at whatever pace is comfortable for you, then you turn around and head back. My return trip was 2 minutes faster then my initial trip (how do I know this? I got back to the house at 42 minutes). Overall I did 9.5 miles today. That's usually in my wheel house. Not bad for me especially because I never biked on that road before. Don't have much on the picture front. Just a sign and picture of some of the riders bikes. Nice group of people. I'm sure I'll ride with them again.

Instagram Post: (1) Tonight's Instagram (which I haven't posted yet, will be promoting this page. Thanks for following my journey. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

Below is a google map image of the location we road tonight. I have no idea how far down the road 4.5 miles is on this image, but at least you get an idea of the area I was in tonight.

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Gloucester
Length: 9.5 miles
Tuckahoe Rd
Trail surfaces: Asphalt

 

AUGUST 13, 2015

Today's adventure was Timber Creek Park, Blackwood, NJ

Formerly a horse farm and still locally known as “Slim’s Ranch,” Timber Creek Park is one of the more recent additions to the Camden County Parks System and encompasses a wide swath of forest in the Big Timber Creek Greenway. The North side of this 60 acre property is bordered by the north branch of Big Timber Creek. An extensive network of paved and natural trails explore mowed and fallow fields and streamside woodlands where resident and migrant wildlife is abundant

Location
Timber Creek (128 acres) is located in Lindenwold and Gloucester Township and is bounded by Chews Landing Road and Somerdale Road.

The Timber Creek Dog Park is located at the intersection of Chews Landing Road & Taylor Avenue in Blackwood, NJ.

Bodies of Water within the Park
The north branch of Big Timber Creek borders one side of the property.

Facilities
Dog Park – 9 acres fenced in the woods
Outdoor Amphitheater
Accessible Walking Track – just under ½ mile around
2 Pavilions
Parking
Cross Country Trails
Natural Trails throughout park
Indoor restrooms with covered pavilion
Water Fountains
Flag Pole

 

Instagram Post: First of 3 #Biking adventures today. #TimberCreekPark features a half mile asphalt track (I did 6 miles) & wooded trails (1.5 but damn hard) First attempt at off road work. It was hard! #FightForIt #FitDontQuit more info to be posted on the journal later tonight http://www.mwmowery.com/bike/bike%20story.htm

 

 

 

 

 

You can easily view the 1/2 track in the image below.
The yellow outline is showing the area where the trails are located in. A friend showed me this location. It is the home course of the local High School Cross Country team.


State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: 0.5 mile asphalt track, 60 acred woods / trails
Chews Landing Road & Taylor Avenue
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Dirt, Sand

 

AUGUST 13, 2015

Today's adventure was Valleybrook Golf Course
Golf View Drive
Blackwood, NJ

Ron Jaworski's Valleybrook Country Club is an 18 hole Semi-Public golf club located in Blackwood, New Jersey. The golf course is a classic design that offers a mix of flat and hilly terrain and fairly tight fairways offering scenic panoramic views, accessible to golfers of all skill levels.

Golfers will find water coming into play nine times throughout the round, as well as some great elevation changes. Making proper club selection off the tee and to the greens is a must in order to score well.

Ron Jaworski's Valleybrook Golf Course Information:
General: 18 hole regulation length course
Daily Fee golf course
Designed by Dave Beakley
72 par, 6,314 yards
69.7 rating, 124 slope
Just Golf facility

Instagram Post: Track 2 today in #Biking Valleybrook golf course. The Main Street around the community is 1.8 miles all up and down hills from each access point on Little Gloucester Road.Up and back is 3.6 miles. I did this twice. I did not bike on the main road, although you could easily do that. It was a pit stop on the way to the last stop. More later on http://www.mwmowery.com/bike/bike%20story.htm


The yellow outline is showing Golf View Drive. It is the main street through this community and circles the golf course. It is what I biked today.


State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length:1.8 mile street / sidewalk
Golf View Drive

 

AUGUST 13, 2015

Today's adventure was
Gloucester Township Community Park Trail
Peter Cheeseman Road and Hickstown Road, Blackwood, NJ

These trails are really undeveloped land which sits between the properties of Camden County College and the Gloucester Township Community Park. At its width the trails are only 200 yards wide, the length unknown but it does border Peter Cheeseman and Orr Roads. There are plenty of wide, fairly flat paths on the main trail. They is also a lot of branches off the main trail that are more challenging. Many of the branches exit onto the paved roads of the park or the college. Its pretty hard to get lost in here.

For those that have known me for a long time, this area, specifically the part that is now the park has sentimental value. 20-25 years ago all of this land used to be all undeveloped. Those that have seen my first film, "Buddy Boys: The Movie" may recognize this area as our Desert location. It was a fun shoot out there and now the land is allowing me to exercise.

Instagram Post: Track 3 of #Biking on the day. Between the Gloucester Township Community Park & Camden County College is a wooded trail section. The odometer called it 1.6 but it felt like 50. This off road stuff is fun and exhausting. Probably shouldn't have done all this today but wanted to try them out while I had the time #FitDontQuit #FightForIt. More later on http://www.mwmowery.com/bike/bike%20story.htm


The yellow outline is showing the area in which these trails are located. Above is the college, below is the park. Its nearly impossible to know how long the trails are in totally. The idea of off road is to do endurance, not speed or distance. This is a good track for that.


State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: unknown
Trail surfaces: Dirt, Sand

 

AUGUST 18, 2015

Today's adventure was
East Greenwich Township
Thompson Family Park
40 East Wolfort Station Road
Mickleton, NJ 08056

The Thompson Family Park on Wolfort Station Road in East Greenwich Township, NJ is a multi use park. The park is used for youth soccer and lacrosse athletic programs. It also features Tennis courts and concession stands. Surrounding the fields is two asphalt running / walking / biking tracks. One is a half mile and the other is three quarters of a mile. The tracks are connected by an asphalt trail from the main parking lot which connects the main fields by Wolfort Station Road. The two trails also connect by Devon Court through an off road access trail (about 1/10 of a mile).

Instagram Post: Got me bike back today! Tuned Up , new pedals & new tires! Less friction, more speed, better brakes. New course #EastGreenwichTownship #ThompsonFamilyPark Good workout today 10 miles. Felt good #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #Biking


The yellow outline is showing the area in which I biked. Starting at the main lot, head upwards past the concession stand and tennis courts. Follow the trail completely around the field and meeting the starting point. From the starting point, head down toward the bottom f the image following the access road to the second track and fields. I followed the far side of the track around the fields and then cut the the off road bypass back onto the first track by Polo Run. I then went 2/3 of the way around this track and stayed left on the track instead of biking past the tennis courts again. Follow this trail back to the starting point. This circuit I created is 1.8 miles long. I did this Five times for 9 miles. I then cooled down by going around the first track twice to make it an even 10 miles..


State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: unknown
Trail surfaces: Dirt, Sand

 

AUGUST 21, 2015
Today's adventure was the Perkiomen Trail

The history of Perkiomen Trail railroad corridor extends more than 140 years. Founded shortly after the Civil War, the Perkiomen Railway Company started running from Oaks to Pennsburg in 1868. New transportation spurred development along the line, which then extended to Emmaus and the Lehigh Valley. In the 1920s the Perkiomen Valley was a favored vacation spot, and people used the railroad for access to recreation areas. The Reading Company bought the line in 1944, but a decline in recreational interests, suburban development on natural lands and the advent of the automobile as the favored form of transportation caused passenger trains on this route to cease operations by 1955.

Much of the old railroad right-of-way has been preserved as the Perkiomen Trail, a 19.5-mile multiuse trail extending from its connection with the Schuylkill River Trail in Oaks to Green Lane Park in Green Lane. The trail passes through a rich and varied landscape, including town centers, parks and rural areas, and parallels scenic Perkiomen Creek for much of its route. Most of the trail is surfaced with cinder and packed gravel, with some paved segments. The trail is a regional access between Green Lane Park in Green Lane, Central Perkiomen Valley Park in Schwenksville and Lower Perkiomen Valley Park in Oaks, as well as two significant sites, the Mill Grove Landmark in Audubon and Pennypacker Mills Site in Schwenksville.

The trail travels through serene wooded areas and rural and suburban neighborhoods, providing an everyday escape and also a versatile community transportation route. Small businesses along the trail demonstrate its immense popularity. One highlight comes near the southern end right where the trail meets up with Schuylkill River Trail. Here you can experience Valley Forge National Historic Park. In addition to enjoying a wonderful visitor center, explore the grounds to where George Washington and the Continental Army famously retreated in the winter of 1777 – 1778.

Today we went from E to about midway between C & B. (Graterford To Coolegeville, Oaks) It was 3.2 each way, then we did a little extra which made our journey 8.8 miles. All gravel this direction but realitively flat. Took the nephews, one of their friends and now my sister has a bike so she joined us. In addition to this, my nephew Aaron and I did a couple laps around the neighborhood to get to an even 10 miles on the day. In the future this will be know as the Cornwallis Way Trail. There is so much of the Perkiomen trail left to explore, but hopefully will get the opportunity soon. Also a few other trails in the area I want to ride, The Skippack Trail and the Valley Forge Trail. Someday soon.

Instagram Post: Back on the #PerkiomenTrail for today's #Biking adventure. Hanging with the nephews. Went a different direction today. Blog post later #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Montgomery
Length: 19.5 miles
Trail end points: Hill Rd. at Lumber St. (Green Lane)
to Station Avenue (Oaks)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail

 

AUGUST 22, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail and Blackwood Estates

For a description of the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) see 2015 August 2

For a description of the Blackwood Estates trail see 2015 August 6

Today was very strange indeed. Woke up early. Was going to use this as a recovery day but felt compelled to ride. Wanted to stay local (tired of lugging my bike in the car, yes I need a bike rack) so I hit up the trail behind my house. Half way through I knew I was going for more so I biked the neighborhood across the street from my house. All said and done, 10 miles on a day I did not plan to bike at all.

I tried to take a few pictures of the Blackwood Estates part of this trail which is the top two right pictures. The bottom right is on the Gloucester Township trail right past the train (also pictured). I like to document where I ride and also for this blog. I felt really good today. The new tires create less friction for a smoother ride. All in all a good day. Very happy with the results.

Instagram Post: Couldn't sleep, woke up at 7 no intention of biking today .....
Just finished 10 miles #GloucesterTownshipHealthAndWellnessTrail #BlackwoodEstates

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: 6.0 miles
Trail end points: Brown Ave. at Atlantic Ave. to Main St. at Glenloch Lake
Trail surfaces: Asphalt

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: 3.0 miles
Blackwood Estates
Trail surfaces: Asphalt

 

AUGUST 23, 2015
Today's adventure was the Tour de Blackwood.

The intention was to make this a day off especially considering that yesterday I biked when that was supposed to be a day off. Around 4pm I was feeling tense and frustrated. I thought a simple ride, maybe 6 miles up and back on the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) would be appropriate. One thing led to another and that 6 miles turned into 26.4 miles. Truly the greatest distance I ever went.

Toady's blog will be a little different. I took many pictures along the way and I will caption each of them. This way those that are interested can view and see a good part of my town. For those familiar with the area, I will lay out the turn by turn directions and site landmarks so you know where I went.

Instagram Post: (1) In the middle of my ride & oh boy look for this blog update #TourDeBlackwood #Biking #FightForIt #FightForIt (2) 2 hrs ago I made a post of my half way point, it wasn't quite half way as it turns out. In this battle of Man vs Bike, Man kicked Bikes Ass!! 26.4 MILES HOLY COW!!!I wasn't even planning on riding today. New personal best for distance. The blog from tonight will take time to produce but like I teased earlier it's definitely #TourDeBlackwood #FightForIt #Biking #FitDontQuit I'm so exhausted. My thighs are pounding, feeling the good burn, dehydrated, but feels so amazing. Can't believe I just did this. Did I mention HOLY COW!!!!

Here is the Turn by Turn Journey:
The (Red Number) in the turn by turn
corresponds to the pictures below marked
by the same number

1) Q4 Yellow to Q2 Yellow - Follow the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (1) from Woodland Avenue to the end. On the return trip, follow the yellow line (Q4) to Lakeside Avenue around the circle then turn right onto Pine Avenue. Turn left onto Marshall Avenue and right onto Railroad. Next follow the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail to the end emerging on Linden Street. Turn right onto Central and go up the "S Hill". Turn right at the top of the hill and do a rectangle pattern through Grenloch. Proceed back down the hill turning right onto Main Street and ending at Rt 168 (2) (on to Q3)

2) Starting in Q3, follow the orange line. Although this map does not show the actual structure of the new outlet stores, the land is there. I did a pattern of weaving in and out of all the connecting lots circling the perimeter of the complex ending back on Rt 168. (3,4)

3) Follow the Green line starting in Q3 and head north on Rt 168. Now in Q4, turn right onto Fairmount Avenue. Continue (Q3) to State Street and then left onto Cressmont Avenue.

 

(Q4) Turn right onto Estelle Avenue and then right onto Carol. (Q3) Left turn onto Adrianne Avenue, then left on Elaine. (Q4) Continue onto East Lake then turn right onto Cloverdale Road. Here bare left to Devonshire Street. Make a left onto Church Street (5) and follow back to Rt 168. Take Rt 168 to Marshall Avenue (6) and turn right. At Railroad Avenue turn right and pick up the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail again. Follow the trail to Church Street. (7) Make a right on Church Street and follow that straight out to Erial Road.

4) (Q3) (8) Now follow the blue line from Erial Road and bare right onto Little Gloucester Road (9). Continue straight as the name changes to Peter Cheeseman Road. (10) Turn right on Watson Drive. Turn left on College Drive. Turn right on Commencement Drive and turn left to go over the bridge over Route 42. At this point, a half loop around the Outlet stores again. Next turn left onto Woodland Avenue.

 

5) (Q4) Now following the magenta line take the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail from Woodland Avenue to Church Street.(11) Turn around and follow the trail back to Lakeland Road. Turn right on Lakeland Road. Turn left onto (12) Woodbury-Turnersville Road. Turn left onto Edgewater, then right onto Linwood. Make a left onto Central Ave, go down the hill baring left onto Linden Street. Make a right onto Main Street and (Q3) onto the Outlet Stores for another complete perimeter lap.(13)

6) Now follow the grey line (Q4) going North on Route 168.(14, 15, 16) Turn left onto Marshall Avenue, left onto Railroad Avenue and pick up the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail to Lakeland Road. (17) At Lakeland Road turn left. Cross over Route 168 onto Davistown Road. (Slightly going into Q3) Follow Davistown Road to the Post Office. Do a lap around the parking lot and now go left onto Davistown Road. Make the immediate left turn into the (18) Shoppes At Gloucester Township. Make an L pattern and come to Route 168. (19) Turn Left. Turn Right on Woodland Avenue and finally Right on Melrose Avenue (20).- End

(1) Top two pictures is the two mile mark off the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail is Almonesson Road and the Blenheim Fire Company. The bottom pictures is the Minor League baseball field between Prospect & Lincoln Ave. (2) Top left is another perspective of the train at Church Street. Lower left is the Italian Village at the corner of Main Street and RT 168. The three pictures on the right are multiple points on Lakeside Avenue.
(3,4) Various pictures from different locations around the new Gloucester Premium Outlets
(5) Top pictures are 7-11 and Santini's Pizza. Two long time staples on Church Street. The two lower left pictures are numerous banners always on display in the historic downtown Blackwood district. The lower right is the Gloucester Township Public Library. (6) Top left is my Elementary School Gloucester Township at the corner of Marshall Avenue and RT 168. Top right is the intersection of RT 168 and Church Street. Lower right is the Meadows Diner located at the corner of RT 168 and East Lake Avenue. Bottom right is a spot on the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail between Morris and Glenn Avenues.
(7) Top left is just another view leading toward the train at Church Street. Top right is a township sign on the corner of RT 168 and Church Street. The two lower pictures are of my Church growin up Luther Memorial which is at the corner of Church Street and Erial Road. (8) Slightly past the Church on the opposite side of Erial is my former high school, Highlander Regional High School.
(9) Left Center is the Wawa on Erial Road. The two pictures on the right is my former Middle School, Charles W. Lewis located at Erial and Little Gloucester Roads. The lower right picture is the Lamp Post Diner set on Little Gloucester Rd (10) Upper left is at the base of Camden County College on Peter Cheesman Road and Watson Drive. The upper right photo is from the traffic circle at Washington Drive and College Drive. The remaining photos are all different parts of the Route 42 over pass bridge leading to the Outlets.
(11) Top pictures are signs at the Church Street Railroad Trail. At the corner of Marshall and Railroad Avenues is the Little League Complex. Middle left is the Seniors field. Middle and Lower Right is the Majors. Lower right is the T-Shirts (12) Left picture is the Armed Forces Reserve Center located on Sewell County Road and Woodbury Turnersville Road. The lower right picture is the Camden County Youth Detention Center located across the street from the Armed Forces Reserve Center. The upper right is a sign for Glouvester County as a little bit of this course went into this County. The majority is in Camden County.
(13) Picture of my bike in front of the Outlet sign. The lower left is a picture of the moon just because I was biking so long, the moon came out. (14) Just some businesses on RT 168, top picture is DelGiorno Pediactric and the lower pictures are from the Custard Shack.both near RT 168 and Frankford Avenue.
(15) St Judes Church and Our Lady of Hope Regional School at
RT 168 and Cresmont Avenue.
(16) Top pictures are of Mario's Pizza a friends business. The bottom is another view of Gloucester Township Elementary School. Both located at RT 168 and Marshall Avenue.
(17) Top left is Autosheen Car Wash at the corner of Lakeland Road and RT 168. The lower left photo is of Lakeland from Elmwood Avenue and Lakeland Road facing RT 168. The upper right is the Lakeland Terrace appartments on Dollina and Lakeland Roads (where that sign is now, when I was a kid, it was a community pool). The lower right utility building on Elmwood Avenue and Lakeland Road is a place where all the neighborhood kids used to play football and hockey. A lot of good times there. (18) Top pictures are of the Blackwood Post Office located on Davistown Road and Estelle Avenue at Shoppes At Gloucester Township. The lower pictures are of the shopping center (now under a remodel) adjacent to the post office on RT 168 and Davistown Road. Lower left is Taormina Pizza and East Lake Chinese both have been there forever. Lower right is Sams bar. They are relocated to the other side of the shopping center.
(19) Directly across RT 168 from the Shoppes At Gloucester Township is My Cleaners and Cacia's Bakery. The lower right is a picture of the back of my house (20) Finally home. 26.4 miles later. A great ride and experience.
 

 

AUGUST 25, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail with modifications and the Lakeland Complex. Also some of Downtown Blackwood

For a description of the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) see 2015 August 2

The first of two bike ventures on the day saw the warm up of the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail with a couple changes. To save some space, the maps below only show the trail up to Church Street. The trail itself has been on this site numerous times. Click the link above if you want to see the entire trail.

Going out, I got off the trail at Glenn Avenue, made a right onto Pine Avenue and then a left onto Lakeside Avenue. Followed Lakeside Avenue all the way around and got back on the trail taking it to its end. On the return trip I got off the trail at Elaine Avenue, Made a left onto Linda Avenue and then a right onto Fay Anne Drive. Followed Fay Anne Drive until it met up with Linda Avenue then turned left onto Barbara Lane.(On the map its where 1-2 meet up). I took both of these detours because they are hills and the resistance of going back up the hill is a better work out plus it increases the mileage

.The next leg of the journey was turning right on Lakeland Road. Going a different way, I turned right instead of left onto Woodbury-Turnersville Road. This takes me through the heart of the Lakeland Complex which is Camden County Emergency Training structures, the Police Academy, Senior Center, a park and an athletic complex (all of which are in the picture collage below). Next I turned right onto Barnsboro Road. Proceeded to West Railroad Road past the Blackwood Lake. At this point I picked up the trail headed back toward Lakeland Road.

I got off the trail by making a left onto Fanelli Lane, then turned right onto RT 168. Made a left onto Davistown Road. Went over the RT 42 bypass and turned left onto Argyle Avenue. Made a right onto Douglass Avenue and a left onto Erial Road. Now passing the high school on the right, I cut trough the church to make a left onto Church Street. Took Church Street to RT 168 and turned left. Turned right on to Elaine Avenue and proceeded to do the Fay Ann Drive loop again. At Lakeland Road, I made a left. Turned right on Melrose Avenue and was finished. Total distance was 13.7 miles. I have become more comfortable biking on street roads. Even still, there is wide shoulders on the main roads and I try avoiding them as much as possible.

 

AUGUST 25, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Community Park Trail / Outlets / Blackwood

For a description of the Gloucester Township Community Park Trail see 2015 August 13

I did a second bike ride this evening. I knew a friend was going to be at the Gloucester Township Community Park so I used this opportunity to bike over there and see him. Nothing about tonight's journey is new. I've done all of this before but I did mix up the terrain a little.

Started Melrose Avenue to Lakeland Road. Lakeland Road becomes Davistown Road and I took that to the end. Made a right onto Erial Road, then slight right onto Peter Cheeseman Road. Turned right onto Hickstown Road. Went into the park, circle one of the fields as I was looking for my friend. Once I said hi, I continued the journey home. I went back the way I came and then when I got to the Off Road track I went in there for a while. Would have stayed longer but was concerned with light and also the new hybrid tires didn't work so well. I did actually crash at one point. I made a few funny Instagram posts about being in here:

Instagram Post: (1) Tonight's biking adventure (there was one this morning to) in the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, "I should have made a left back in Albuquerque" Where the hell am I? #FitDontQuit #Biking #FightForIt #IKnowWhereIAm (2) #obstacle #Biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit (3) It was bound to happen, a little off road excursion and well bike got revenge. Shake it off and keep going. #Biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #thatswhywewearhelmets

Continuing the journey, I biked through Camden County College eventually turning left on Watson Drive. Turn left on College Drive. Turn right on Commencement Drive and turn left to go over the bridge over Route 42. At this point, a one and a half loop around the Outlet stores. Turn right onto RT 168, Left onto Main Street and then a right onto the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail. Made a Right onto Woodland Avenue and left on Melrose Avenue. Total distance 8.1 miles.

Combined 21.8 miles on the day. Very pleased with those results.

 

AUGUST 26, 2015

Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) plus the Grenloch trail

The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail, formerly known as the Blackwood Railroad Trail, is a paved bicycle/pedestrian path in Blackwood, Gloucester Township. The bikeway is constructed on an abandoned railroad right-of-way and connects neighborhoods with schools and recreational facilities. One of the trail's highlights is the restored railroad caboose adjacent to the right-of-way near West Church Street.

The trail begins at Brown and East Atlantic avenues, where there is limited space to park cars. It passes through a wooded area before going under New Jersey Route 42, also know as the North-South Freeway. After crossing Clementon Avenue, the trail enters the woods again.

Once out of the woods, Washington Avenue is on the right and a ball field and play lot are on the left. Now running parallel to West Railroad Avenue, the trail passes a large athletic complex with three baseball fields. The trail continues past residential neighborhoods before crossing Elaine Avenue and ending at Main Street by Grenloch Lake.

 

Instagram Post: (1) Today's #Biking adventure was the #GloucesterTownshipHealthAndWellnessTrail worked hard a couple days this week. Next couple will be hard trails in PA so I choose to ride this trail a couple times just to get in the mileage. Normally I was it as a warm up/starting point but it served its purpose today. People seem to like the bridge pics so here's a couple different perspectives. Stay up to date, link to blog in bio. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

Blackwood Railroad Trail plus the Grenloch trail
State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: 8 miles
Trail end points: Brown Ave. at Atlantic Ave. to Main St. at Glenloch Lake
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail

 

AUGUST 27, 2015

Today's adventure was the Skippack Trail / Evansburg State Park
/ Palmer Park

The Skippack Trail traverses a township of the same name in eastern Pennsylvania, about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Its western end connects to the Perkiomen Trail, a 19-mile north-south route from Green Lane to Oaks. From there, the pathway follows the Perkiomen Creek for its first half mile before heading east past a residential area. Here, you'll head up a large hill, under a set of power lines.

At about mile 2 from the Perkiomen Trail, the Skippack Trail splits; one branch goes north to the picturesque Village of Skippack. The trail's eastern end offers wide open landscapes and ends near Evansburg State Park, a scenic recreational area bisected by Skippack Creek.

Evansburg State Park is in southcentral Montgomery County between Norristown and Collegeville. Evansburg offers a significant area of green space and relative solitude in an urbanized area. Its main natural feature, the Skippack Creek, has dissected the land into ridges and valleys that create feelings of enclosures and provide scenic views.

The narrow valley was first settled and farmed by Mennonites who also powered their industries with the water of the Skippack. Even now, mill remnants, mill buildings and houses from the eighteenth and nineteenth century dot the park landscape and serve as reminders of early American life.

Today, the park is a quiltwork of cropland, meadows, old fields and mature woodlands that attracts day use visitors from the Montgomery County and Philadelphia areas. People come to the open play fields, picnic areas, trails, golf course and the relatively tranquil, natural environs.

Palmer Park
55-acre park between Heckler and Creamery Roads. 2mile walking trail, tennis and basketball courts, baseball and soccer fields, tot lot, bocce court, pavilion and the Brown Family Memorial Garden.

The Ride: Skippack Trail (3) is pretty straight forward. You first need to go about half a mile on the Perkiomen Trail to reach the starting point. You then run parallel to the Perkiomen Trail for about half a mile before the Skippack goes off into its own direction. At this point for are faced with two very steep hills to climb. There is a steady incline the entire trail so going out there is nothing but resistance, but coming in, its not so difficult. The trail takes you through farm land and horse stables mostly.

When I reached the end of the trail, I continued onto Evansburg State Park. Had to dodge a for people horse back riding so I got off the trail and returned to the main roads. Eventually worked my way through the park and came out to Skippack Golf Course. At which point I headed back.

On the return trip, I detoured slightly around the one mile mark and explored Palmer Park (2). Home of the Lower Perkiomen Little League, a 55 acre multi sports complex. Many trails in here with unlimited mileage capabilities. I did a perimeter loop around and then returned to the Skippack Trail for the remaining two miles.

This entire biking journey was 14.1 miles.

Instagram Post: (1) Two different #Biking adventures today. 1st all through Skippack Township, PA 14.1 miles. The other back on the #PerkiomenTrail 8.0 miles. 22.1 miles today. A good day. Here's the tease, blog updated sometime tomorrow #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

Skippack Trail
State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Montgomery
Length: 3.3 miles
Trail end points: Perkiomen Trail to Thompson Road
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail Activities: Bike, Walking

In order to get on the Skippack Trail, you need to take the Perkiom Trail. From the lot across from the Perkiomen Fire Station, the trail bwgins about a half mile west.

Though the lower left picture doesn't do it justice, about a half mile in, is this steep incle. Once at the top, you have another incline a couple hundred yards away. A lot of farms, fields and horses on this trail.

 

All pictures from inside Evansburg State Park. As big as this place is, one good easily get lost. I referenced these maps often. I did both off road and main street through here. Though not to much of my total distance, it was challenging with the inclines. Also saw many people riding their horses through here on this day. Exiting the park to a main road, I came upon Skippack Golf Club. I've actually played this course with my brother in law a few times years ago. I decided to make this my stopping point as I still had to get back to the beginning point.
Approximately one mile back on the Skippack Trail from Evansburg State Park is an access road that leads to Palmer Park. There is many paved trails around the athletic fields and complex. Though I don't have a total mileage of the paths, I was able to get in a couple here as well. These are just a few more random photos along the way. This leg of my journey was 14.1 miles. I knew I was going out with the family later so this was a good warm up.

 

AUGUST 27, 2015
Today's adventure was the Perkiomen Trail

The history of Perkiomen Trail railroad corridor extends more than 140 years. Founded shortly after the Civil War, the Perkiomen Railway Company started running from Oaks to Pennsburg in 1868. New transportation spurred development along the line, which then extended to Emmaus and the Lehigh Valley. In the 1920s the Perkiomen Valley was a favored vacation spot, and people used the railroad for access to recreation areas. The Reading Company bought the line in 1944, but a decline in recreational interests, suburban development on natural lands and the advent of the automobile as the favored form of transportation caused passenger trains on this route to cease operations by 1955.

Much of the old railroad right-of-way has been preserved as the Perkiomen Trail, a 19.5-mile multiuse trail extending from its connection with the Schuylkill River Trail in Oaks to Green Lane Park in Green Lane. The trail passes through a rich and varied landscape, including town centers, parks and rural areas, and parallels scenic Perkiomen Creek for much of its route. Most of the trail is surfaced with cinder and packed gravel, with some paved segments. The trail is a regional access between Green Lane Park in Green Lane, Central Perkiomen Valley Park in Schwenksville and Lower Perkiomen Valley Park in Oaks, as well as two significant sites, the Mill Grove Landmark in Audubon and Pennypacker Mills Site in Schwenksville.

The trail travels through serene wooded areas and rural and suburban neighborhoods, providing an everyday escape and also a versatile community transportation route. Small businesses along the trail demonstrate its immense popularity. One highlight comes near the southern end right where the trail meets up with Schuylkill River Trail. Here you can experience Valley Forge National Historic Park. In addition to enjoying a wonderful visitor center, explore the grounds to where George Washington and the Continental Army famously retreated in the winter of 1777 – 1778.

Today we went from E to about midway between H & I. (Graterford Trailhead to Schwenksville) Basically used the fire stations as our markers. The family did this a few weeks ago but it was still a lot of fun to doing something with all the nephews. We had a great time. A lot to see on the path. Many bridges, water ways and rest areas.

Instagram Post: (1) #Biking adventure this morning. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit Then a second #Biking Family Adventure this afternoon @crobromo @dc__34 @44griffman #airbear

State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Montgomery
Length: 19.5 miles
Trail end points: Hill Rd. at Lumber St. (Green Lane)
to Station Avenue (Oaks)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail

 

AUGUST 28, 2015

Today's adventure was the Skippack Trail / Palmer Park

The Skippack Trail traverses a township of the same name in eastern Pennsylvania, about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Its western end connects to the Perkiomen Trail, a 19-mile north-south route from Green Lane to Oaks. From there, the pathway follows the Perkiomen Creek for its first half mile before heading east past a residential area. Here, you'll head up a large hill, under a set of power lines.

At about mile 2 from the Perkiomen Trail, the Skippack Trail splits; one branch goes north to the picturesque Village of Skippack. The trail's eastern end offers wide open landscapes and ends near Evansburg State Park, a scenic recreational area bisected by Skippack Creek.

Palmer Park
55-acre park between Heckler and Creamery Roads. 2mile walking trail, tennis and basketball courts, baseball and soccer fields, tot lot, bocce court, pavilion and the Brown Family Memorial Garden.

The Ride: Today my nephew Aaron and I did a modified Skippack Trail. We did the first two miles, then biked around Palmer Park. The desccriptions and photos are on the 2015 August 27 journal entry. I was proud of Aaron for making it up the first incline. His favorite part was going down that hill on the way home. My favorite part was just spending some quality bonding time with him,

Skippack Trail
State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Montgomery
Length: 3.3 miles
Trail end points: Perkiomen Trail to Thompson Road
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail Activities: Bike, Walking

 

AUGUST 30, 2015
Today's adventure was the Monroe Township Bikeway

The Monroe Township Bikeway is a 6.36-mile connection between the suburban communities of Glassboro and Williamstown. In Glassboro the trail passes through the dense forest of the Glassboro Fish and Wildlife Management Area and then transitions through quiet residential neighborhoods and community open spaces. The trail follows the former right-of-way of the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Line that served the New Jersey shore points of Atlantic City, Ocean City, Wildwood and Cape May. The Seashore Line did not follow a stream valley like so many eastern rail corridors; the result is a trail that is arrow-straight for long distances.

Beginning in Glassboro the trail cuts east and passes a few commercial and industrial properties before it enters a hardwood forest within the Glassboro Fish and Wildlife Management Area. The heavy tree canopy helps keep this section of the trail cooler during summer. The forest thins out to a single-file line of trees on both sides before crossing Monroe Avenue. After the street crossing, the trail returns to a heavily wooded forest for the next 1.5 miles.

The Monroe Township Bikeway emerges from the forest at the edge of a residential neighborhood. The route becomes more open, as it passes residential neighborhoods for about 0.5 mile before returning to forested shade. After crossing North Tuckahoe Road, you pass the Williamstown Middle School complex, with ball fields and a football stadium. The trail crosses Clayton Road and runs parallel to Railroad Avenue for a short distance, and you pass community ball fields.

The trail reaches an unassuming end at Blue Bell Road across the street from the Williamstown Police Station. A plaque at the Williamstown end of the bikeway designates it as the George F. McDonald Sr. Memorial Bike Path. McDonald served as mayor of Williamstown from 1975 to 1978. A convenience store at the end of the trail is perfect for stocking up on refreshments before returning to Glassboro.

Instagram Post: (1) After a day off & cheat day, back at it today #Biking adventure today is back on the #MonroeTownshipBikeway I last did this trail 20 days ago. It was a challenge for me then, but I've come a long way in 3 three weeks & with some bike upgrades I'm interested to see how this ride compares. Starting point Williamstown Middle School. See you all in 13 miles! #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Gloucester
Length: 6.36 miles
Trail end points: Bluebell Rd./CR 633 at Virginia Ave.
(Williamstown) to Delsea Manor Dr./SR 47 (Glassboro)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail

 

AUGUST 30, 2015
Today's adventure was the Elephant Swamp Trail
Elk Township, NJ

The Elephant Swamp Trail is built on top of the former railroad bed that once ran from Glassboro to Bridgeton, NJ. Elk Township maintains the easement through Elephant Swamp, and the trail passes among streams, wetlands and farm fields from the Elk Township Recreation Complex in Aura to the baseball fields in Elmer.

The northern portion of the trail is well maintained and is used by walkers and cyclists. Although ATVs and dirt bikes are prohibited, you may encounter them. A useful brochure, available from the link under "Related Links" to the right, identifies significant plant and animals species trail users might see.

The gravel trail can become muddy in places and sport large puddles or be overgrown with grass and weeds, especially around Monroeville. From Monroeville Road to Isles Road the trail is in good shape; however, from Isles Road to Elmer it can be poor—more ATVs and a less-than-perfect surface.

Trail users will pass through rural portions of Gloucester and Salem counties, amid tracts of forest and wetlands; farms are prevalent. A stone marker dating from 1949 is visible at the county line. The trail crosses four roads: Swedesboro Road (Rt 538), Monroeville Road, Island Road and Isles Road. Swedesboro Road is a major thoroughfare, and though the other roads are not as busy, use caution at all crossings.

Instagram Post: (1) #Biking trail #2 on the day #elephantswamptrail New to me so this should be interesting. In Elk Township somewhere

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Gloucester, Salem
Length: 5 miles
Trail end points: Recreation Complex (Aura) to Baseball fields off US 40/Harding Hwy (Elmer)
Trail surfaces: Gravel, Sand
Trail Activities: Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

 

AUGUST 30, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) Twice

For a description of the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) see 2015 August 2

Stated above this is a 6 mile track up and back. The first time around, I went for speed. The second time I took in some scenery along the way. Here are some new (and some better) pictures of the scenery along the path. I tried to take pictures of the township and trail signs as well as the landmarks. All of this images have been discussed in previous posts.

Instagram Post: (1) #Biking Trifecta? Sure Now back on the "home course" #GloucesterTownshipHealthAndWellnessTrail probably will do it twice

 

AUGUST 30, 2015
A recap of the days three trails. This was posted on my Instagram

Instagram Post: Well this was an unexpected #Biking Adventure Day! I started on the #MonroeTownshipBikeway 13.1 miles. My avg speed from three weeks ago improved from 11.8 to 14.7. I then went on the #elephantswamptrail (new to me, hard to find) tough terrain the whole way 8.2 miles. Then figured why not ride the #GloucesterTownshipHealthAndWellnessTrail Funny thing is this used to be hard. I couldn't do it a month ago. Now it's a warm up/cool down thing or I use it to chart my progress. Funnier thing is I realized how far I biked today & decided I will do this twice (plus a little in the neighborhood) because I saw a new daily personal best for distance in my grasp. This trail was 13.5 miles. Add it all up and you get 34.8 total. 34.8 Miles on my bike today. In the end I'm only competing against my self so today I pushed it. Tomorrow I'll be sore, but the end result will be worth it. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

 

AUGUST 31, 2015

Home Gym, Recumbent Bike.

Finished the month off a bit differently:

Instagram Post: My hand is bothering me so I gave it a rest from gripping the handle bars. That doesn't mean I didn't ride today though. Easier on my hand is my recumbent bike. The other trade of is I get better speed and controlled resistance. It's also good to mix things up once in a while. That said, I still put in 25+ miles today #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #Biking