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DATE TRAIL DATE TRAIL
2015 October 01 Home Gym   2015 October 19 GTWP Health & Fitness Trail / Home Gym
2015 October 02 Home Gym   2015 October 21 GTWP Health & Fitness Trail
2015 October 04 Home Gym   2015 October 22 GTWP Health & Fitness Trail / Blackwood / Plus
2015 October 05 GTWP Health & Fitness Trail /Blackwood/Lakeland   2015 October 23 Perkiomen Trail (Complete)
2015 October 06 Home Gym     Skippack Trail / Evansburg Park State / Palmer Park
2015 October 08 GTWP Health & Fitness Trail /Blackwood/Lakeland   2015 October 25 Schuylkill River Trail - Phoenixville to Pottstown
2015 October 09 GTWP Health & Fitness Trail   2015 October 25 Chester Valley Trail
2015 October 11 Home Gym   2015 October 26 Monroe Township Bikeway
2015 October 12 Home Gym   2015 October 27 Home Gym
2015 October 13 Atlantic County Bikeway   2015 October 28 Home Gym
2015 October 15 GTWP Health & Fitness Trail   2015 October 29 GTWP Health & Fitness Trail / Blackwood / Plus
2015 October 16 Schuylkill River Trail   2015 October 30 Home Gym
2015 October 16 Schuylkill River Trail - Schuykill Banks Boardwalk   2015 October 31 Blackwood 4 schools Tour / GTWP Community Park
2015 October 16 Audobon Loop   2015 October 31 Audobon Loop
2015 October 18 Home Gym   2015 October Final Monthly Statistics
         

 

OCTOBER 1, 2015
Home Gym

The impending Hurricane has been awful to get outside. That plus being busy with interviews has not allowed me to bike the way I have wanted to. That said, I was determined to start the month off right. My goal this month is to have a better daily average then last month. Weather will be a challenge moving forward but that doesn't mean I can use that as an excuse for not reaching my goals.

Instagram Post: Not even #HurricaneJoaquin could stop me from starting #October off on the right foot. 32 miles today! #Biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay #MindOverBody

 

 

OCTOBER 2, 2015
Home Gym

A lot going on today but I did squeeze in a workout. It was actually I would say my most productive to date. Waiting for the rain to pass so I can go out and ride but this is better then doing nothing at all.

Instagram Post: (1) Back at it with a little inspiration from @bryanadams #GetUp (Need to learn all these new lyrics) #Biking #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #MindOverBody #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay (2) Very busy day today but I did find time to work out. No hurricane is going to slow me down. Now here's the thing, I had about 1.5 hrs, I put on my and selected a @bryanadams playlist. Selected songs from these three albums, I actually maintained a speed over 20mph & did the 25 miles faster (a lot - like 35 min faster) then I've ever done it before. Must have been the excitement of new music with classic songs that made me pedal harder :) #GetUp is now on repeat. #inspiration #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay #MindOverBody #Biking

 

OCTOBER 4, 2015
Home Gym

Last Sunday I decided that I would ride the recumbent bike while watching the Eagles game. It was a 4 hour workout and I did 60 miles. My highest mileage to date and felt good that I made an otherwise unproductive waste of 4 hours a valuable 4 hours.

Today I figured, lets do the same. Sunday also follows my Saturday cheat / rest day so I usually go hard to help offset Saturday as well as set the tone for the week ahead. Today my approach was very different. I set a mileage goal for each 15 minute interval. By setting these short realistic goals, it allowed me to celebrate small victories along the way while keeping an eye on the big picture. That was if I good keep the pace, I would break last weeks mileage total. I crushed it. In fact at the 3 hour 15 minute mark, I already eclipsed last weeks mileage total. I really pushed myself today averaging 18.90 miles per hour. Consider this as well, on average there is 2000 steps in a mile. Everyone is counting steps these days and trying to get to the magic number of 10,000 steps. Based on the average of 2000, I put in 151,220 steps today while riding. That is a truly staggering number. I was on my game today. Very happy about this result.

Instagram Post: WOW! So this just happened. 75+ miles on the recumbent bike. I did the same 4 hour workout as last Sunday. Last week I managed 60 miles. My legs are so dead tire but I really feel amazing and have this great feeling of accomplishment. I never thought I'd be able to do this. It's discipline, motivation, setting incremental achievable goals, determination and a wonderful support system in place to keep you going. #Biking #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #MindOverBody #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay

 

October 5, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail
and Blackwood Area

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail

For The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail see
the 2015 September 1 post

Blackwood Area

Will be discussed in The Ride

Instagram Post: Today's #Biking Adventure (the 1st one of September) is #GloucesterTownshipHealthAndWellnessTrail & #BlackwoodEstates So after 2 days of very hard #Biking Today was more about keeping the blood pumping. That said I did have my fastest split on the #GloucesterTownshipHealthAndWellnessTrail ever. I did this trail twice & my made up neighborhood trail once. A little over 15 miles on the day. Moderate miles but hard work out #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

 

The Ride: The Yellow outline shows the path I took on the August 18, 2015 ride. Todays ride included multiple loops around both tracks and the complex. The 1/2 mile and the mile loop are connected by a 3/10 mile section. There really was no specific pattern except I usually the biked each section twice before moving to the other part of the park. Overall I put in 16.4 miles on this track today.

 

OCTOBER 6, 2015
Home Gym

Not much to say, I squeezed in a workout today. Better then not doing one. 25 miles was a good moderate workout on the recumbent bike. Not feeling like myself right now.

 

OCTOBER 8, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail
Blackwood Area, Grenloch

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail

For The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail see
the 2015 September 1 post

Blackwood Area

Will be discussed in The Ride

Instagram Post: (1) Felt good to back outside and on an actual bike today. Wind was definitely a factor. Biked all over town. Put in 30 miles on the road today following yesterday's 75 on the recumbent bike. It was a good ride. Happy with the results. #Biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #MindOverBody #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay (2) I've been very anti-Social Media lately. A lot of real life issues that has really consumed my thoughts, time and mental being. That said, with so many of you supporting my #Biking these past few months, I just wanted to let you all know that I'm still out there getting it down. This picture is from Grenloch Lake. This scenery and today's weather reminded me that I need to leave the house. I love biking outside. Today was a good reminder of that. It was also a kick in the ass for me to stop being depressed and focus on the positives. All this other crap will work itself out one way or another. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #MindOverBody #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay Today wasn't about #Biking it was about appreciation. I appreciate all the support even if I've been M.I.A. for a while. Closing in on 80lbs down now. Feels great.

 

The Ride: Took my normal warm up through the neighborhood in Grenloch. I then Woodbury Turnersville Road. Made a left onto County House -Salina Road. Turned right onto County House Road. Followed this down past Blackwood Lake up to Church Street where I then picked up the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail again. The above description is shown as the large red loop on the map. Once on the Trail, I took it to Brown Avenue where I made a left. This main road is Pine Run Drive which takes you through the Lake View Apartment Complex. When Pine Run ends, I turned right onto Lakeview Drive, then right onto Lower Landing Road. The next intersection I turned right onto Landing Road. This takes me back to East Atlantic Ave which I turned right onto. This road runs back into the trail. This section is shown as the small red loop on the map. It is also highlighted in the Google Maps picture as this has not been shown in detail before on this blog. I then took the trail back home, repeated a section or two along the way in order to get to 15 miles but never leaving the trail. The cool down was back through Grenloch which is where I stopped to take a picture by the lake.

 

 

OCTOBER 9, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail
Blackwood Area, Grenloch

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail

For The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail see
the 2015 September 1 post

 

Instagram Post: (1) Let's do this! #Biking #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #MindOverBody #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay (2) More like it. #GloucesterTownshipHealthAndWellnessTrail 5x + a warm up in Grenloch. 31.24 miles today. Wind a little rough at times but a gorgeous day. #Biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #MindOverBody #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay

 

The Ride: This was as straight forward as it gets. I did the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail in suicide fashion for a total of riding the trail 5 times. I really wanted to do a good mileage workout to really get back in the groove. I am feeling a bit worn down, maybe all the stress and anxiety recently as caught up with me. At any rate, it was still a 31 mile ride today and that is a great accomplishment.

 

 

OCTOBER 11, 2015
Home Gym

Sunday's have become distance days. Today was no exception. I reached a goal that I had for a couple months now. I am so happy and proud of this accomplishment. Its now time to set new goals and standards. I never thought I'd ever be able to bike 100 miles in one session but today that is exactlt what happened. So excited here.

Instagram Post: Today I biked 100 miles. I've been working hard toward this and today it happened. This morning however I was so dehydrated and tired I almost didn't get on the bike. Fun time with friends last night led to the unmotivated moment this morning that the older me easily would have given in to being lazy. The newer me knows to have fun nights like last night requires sacrifice. There were times I wanted to quit today. I have never felt exhaustion like this either. Here's the crazy thing, besides tired, I feel amazing. What an accomplishment this was. I'm not trying to duplicate this feat every week. I wanted to see if I could do it and I did. Very proud of this workout today. Those that are curious, it took me 5 hours 45 minutes. Time I otherwise would have wasted. #Biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #MindOverBody #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay

 

OCTOBER 12, 2015
Home Gym

The Instagram post says it all.

Instagram Post: After yesterday's milestone of a ride, today I decided (late in the day) to ride. Not resting on my achievements I am starting a new program for indoor speed & outdoor endurance. Tomorrow I'll be outdoors but today was a 90 minute ride with a ladder effect of resistance. Not bad for the mileage. Legs were still a bit tired from the 100 miles yesterday. #Biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #MindOverBody #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay

 

OCTOBER 13, 2015
Today's adventure was the Atlantic County Bikeway

Atlantic County Bikeway

The 7.5-mile Atlantic County Bikeway offers a relaxing escape from the crush of traffic surrounding Atlantic City, the beachfront gaming and resort town. The trail is situated 9 miles west of Atlantic City, near the nexus of the heavily traveled Atlantic City Expressway and the Garden State Parkway. Quieter two-lane roads paralleling each end of the bikeway provide convenient trail access.

Wide swaths of mowed grass flank the clean, well-designed trail. Strategically planted trees provide a welcome buffer from the roads, and the 15 secondary road crossings are clearly marked for trail users and motorists. The trail periodically curves around utility poles, incorporating overhead electric lines into the design.

Starting at the Shore Mall, the trail passes through a corridor of trees. About 0.5 mile from the start, the trail runs between Reega Avenue to the north and West Jersey Avenue to the south. The adjoining landscape is a mixture of residential neighborhoods and undeveloped woodlands. A few benches make great rest spots, but places to stock up on supplies are scarce. Be sure to bring your own food and water.

The Ride: This trail had a very Monroe Township Bikeway feel to it. For a complete description of the Monroe Township Bikeway see the post from August 10, 2015. It is just about the same distance. Its very flat. There isn't a whole lot of scenery along the ride. There are many cross streets to stop at though. It was a good ride. Always nice to try new trails, this one however I probably wont go back to in the near furture considering its about 40 minutes away and like I said, a similar trail is half the distance.

Instagram Post: (1) New Trail Tuesday! (is that a thing?) #AtlanticCountyBikeway #Biking #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #MindOverBody #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay Thanks to @marathontrimom for telling me about this one. (2) #AtlanticCountyBikeway was today's #Biking adventure. Very flat, not much on the scenery and a lot of cross streets with traffic. That said, smooth ride with occasional wind resistance. Up and back is around 15 miles. I did it twice plus a few laps around the Atlantic County Institute of Technology parking lot to get to an even 32 miles on the day. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay #MindOverBody

Atlantic County Bikeway

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Atlantic
Length: 7.56 miles
Trail end points: AC VoTec School (Hamilton Twnshp) to Shore Mall (Egg Harbor Twnshp)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
Trail Activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

 

 

OCTOBER 15, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail

For The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail see
the 2015 September 1 post

 

Instagram Post: (1) Back at it #GloucesterTownshipHealthAndWellnessTrail #Biking #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay #MindOverBody (2) Here's the reason for the crime scene tape! Don't know how that could have happened #Biking Adventures (3) Shadow #Biking #Selfie

 

The Ride: Rode the trail again. Its been well documented throught this site. I did however take multiple pictures this time from the various street intersections just to show a more detailed look at the trail. The point of view of all but one picture is from Landing Road facing toward Lakeland Road. I ride the trail a few times today for 25.1 miles.

 

 

OCTOBER 16, 2015
Today's adventure was the Schuykill River Trail

The Valley Forge to Philadelphia segment of the Schuylkill River Trail stretches 27 miles along the historic Schuylkill River, from downtown Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art out to Montgomery County and Valley Forge National Historic Park. In Philadelphia, the trail uses Fairmount Park trails and the Manayunk Canal towpath. In Montgomery County, the trail follows a former Pennsylvania Railroad line. The trail is the spine of the Schuylkill River Heritage Corridor, a five-county area designated as both a State and National Heritage Area.

Originally conceived of by the Fairmount Park Commission, the trail route grew to include many municipalities. Montgomery County constructed the trail from the Philadelphia City line to Valley Forge National Historical Park. The Chester County Department of Parks and Recreation is currently planning the section between Phoenixville and Pottstown. The Schuylkill River Greenway Association is working on the sections from the Montgomery County line to Birdsboro and from Gibraltar into Reading. And finally, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation is managing the trail construction from the Water Works in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park and along the tidal section of the Schuylkill River, known as Schuylkill Banks. The Schuylkill River Greenway Association has detailed maps of each section along with construction up-dates on their website.

The river was once a major transportation resource that played a key role in the region's development. Evidence of several centuries of industrial use remain where river and canal navigation, quarrying of limestone and iron ore, and production of iron and steel have succeeded each other as mainstays of the region's economy.

Today the trail is a busy commuter route during rush hour. This trail's asphalt tread is somewhat narrower than that of many of the new trails—caution, as well as rail-trail etiquette, should be heeded. This section runs parallel to the Schuylkill River, with numerous access points at businesses and public transit. In Norristown, the trail connects with the 30th Street train station in downtown Philadelphia. There, the trail also connects with the spectacular Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk that travels over the water, 50 feet from the shoreline.

At Betzwood, just outside Valley Forge National Park, the trail provides a direct link to the 19.5-mile Perkiomen Trail and will eventually access the Cross County Trail in Conshohocken and the Chester Valley Trail in Norristown. Future development of the Schuylkill River Trail will extend it along the entire length of the Schuylkill River, more than 140 miles, from its confluence with the Delaware River to its headwaters in Schuylkill County.

Instagram Post: (1) Today's starting point #LowerPerkiomenValleyPark to the #schuylkillrivertrail #MindOverBody #Biking #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay #FightForIt #FitDontQuit (2) I made it #PhadelphiaMuseumOfArt #Rocky #Biking #schuylkillrivertrail #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay #MindOverBody Long ride home now! 30 more miles to go (3) My #Biking adventure today took me many places today. This place is special to #Hooters fans everywhere. So I'm dedicating to @ericbazilian @daviduosikkinen & all the band members past & present & to all those fans that immediately burst into song when they see #SouthFerryRoad #FairmountPark (4) Took a lot of pictures. Need to edit a few, but today's #Biking adventure consisted of 3 trails (mostly #schuylkillrivertrail ) & a total of 57 miles. I'm exhausted. My bike wasn't built for this kind of riding. I feel great. Wonderful accomplishment today. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #MindOverBody #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay (5) Another picture opportunity from today's #Biking adventure #Train (6) @oriley07 biked past this gem of a place today #manayunk I'm thinking places like this need to be a requirement on #Biking Adventures (7) #ValleyForge a lot of history (literally) happened in these parts #Biking (8) Oh yeah, this almost derailed my #Biking adventure before it started, but it all worked out. #NotWhatYouWannaSee

 

The Ride: Whenever I set out on a new adventure, I often research it out first. This is mostly because I go out on my own and really want to make sure of my surroundings. The path that this trail is on is an area I've been around all my life. That said, I have learned enough from local trails to know that they are off the beaten path and having a familiarity with an area just isn't enough.

I started this day at the Lower Perkiomen Valley Park. The reason is that I was unsure of the parking situation in Center City and I knew where the Perkiomen Trail intersects with the Schuylkill River Trail.

The first part of the ride runs parallel to RT 422 as it enters Valley Forge National Park. A nice ride, plenty of scenery. The historical aspects of ths area is off the path but there is still plenty to see thriough this stretch of the trail.

As you exit Valley Forge you come upon Betzwood. I stopped at a plaque honoring an old Motion Picture Studio that once stood there. At this point the trail follows the Septa Rail Line through numerous towns including Norristown, Conshohocken, Spring Mill, Plymouth and Topath. The large picture to the right with the train was near Topath. The thing I learned about this section of the trail (prior to Topath) is that is a long straight flat area. There is nothing around so being alone out there was a bit unnerving at times. Biking through the trailheads was a welcomed sign as civilization. That said, there was plenty of other bikers and people using the trail.

Once in Topath, the majestic scenery of the Schuylkill River led to some breath taking views. The terrain changes from paved to gravel to boardwalk. An interesting note here is the speed limit sign of 7 mph. This cracked me up. Where did they come up with 7?

Now we come up to Manayunk. There is no trail here. You actually need to bike through Main Street. The highlight here is there is a bike shop should you need anything. I also found the Manayunk Brewing Company interesting. I'll have to stop by sometime.

As you enter Fairmount Park, it is alive with people and scenery. For me however, my personal favorite moment was ariving at South Ferry Road. Read the Instagram post above for the connection to the band The Hooters. It was a great moment. Near the end of the park is Boat House Row. Its a historic landmark on the Schuylkill River which looks majestic from the Schuylkill Expressway especially around the Christmas Holiday Season and durring the 4th of July celebration. Its the home of the local college and prep schools crew teams. Hard to capture in a picture from this side of the river.

Finally I arrived at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Okay it was a tourist moment to take a picture at the Rocky statue I'll admit, but its a great picture for my blog and it went over well on Instagram.

Since I was down this far, I went over to the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. You can read about this below. On the way home I took the Audubon Loop back to my starting point. Again, you can view this below. It was a long day. 57 miles in all. Very happy and proud of this accomplishment. Its the longest I rode on my bike. I'd do it again.

State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Montgomery, Philadelphia
Length: 27 miles
Trail end points: Walnut St. (Philadelphia) to Port Providence Rd., Longford Park (Valley Forge/Phoenixville)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
Trail Activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

 

OCTOBER 16, 2015
Today's adventure was the Schuykill River Trail - Schuykill Banks Boardwalk

Although less than a half-mile long, the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is an incredible experience; built 50 feet from shore, you're walking directly over the Schuylkill River in the vibrant heart of Philadelphia. Along the way, four lookouts with benches allow you to stop and take in the expansive views of both the river and the city's skyline.

The land between the railroad tracks and the river becomes too narrow to continue the Schuylkill River Trail southward on land past Locust Street. To solve this problem, the City of Philadelphia and SRDC built a 2,000 foot long concrete structure running parallel to the eastern shore of the river from Locust Street to the new stairtower on the south side of the South Street Bridge. A 460’ long ramp also links the boardwalk to the north side of the South Street Bridge, providing ADA access and an easier connection for people with bicycles. This project provides an important link to the Schuylkill River Trail and Center City from University City and West Philadelphia.

The ramp and boardwalk are designed to accommodate emergency and maintenance vehicles. The boardwalk’s 15’ wide pathway is supplemented by four widened overlooks that allow people to rest enjoy the views along the boardwalk without blocking the trail.

The Boardwalk received federal stimulus funding through the Transportation Improvements Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, and other funding from FHWA, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia. The project was completed in October of 2014.

The Ride: Barely half a mile but worth it for the view of Philadelphia. I wouldn't go just to do this trail but in comjunction with other trails its a must. This was a nice place to stop and refuel as it was my half way point on the day.

 

Schuykill Banks Boardwalk

State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Philadelphia
Length: 0.4 miles
Trail end points: Locust Street to South Street
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
Trail Activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

 

OCTOBER 16, 2015
Today's adventure was the Audubon Loop

This is a 4.14 mi Bike Ride in Audubon, PA, United States. The Bike Ride has a total ascent of 75.54 ft and has a maximum elevation of 217.81 ft. This route was created by entrtaner on 04/14/2012. Average Terrain Bike Path Surface Creek Surroundings For Travel For Workout Lake Surroundings Medium Difficulty Rolling Climb Contour Rural Area

The Ride: Coming off the Schuylkill River Trail, this Loop takes me back to the parking lot at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park via Egypt Road. I finished my days biking activity by going this way because it added some mileage and also I probably wouldn't have the chance to ride this trail again in the near future.

 

 

OCTOBER 18, 2015
Home Gym

Today was a struggle. Actually the weekend was. The passing of a friend on Saturday had me depressed but also deep in thought. He was jogging and was hit by a truck. I realized after reading this that no matter how careful you are anything can happen. The accident was almost the same time Friday as I returned home from my 57 mile trek. That was in an area I never rode before. I was by myself and if anything happened, nobody would know. It made me think about how I want to handle this going forward and how to handle new trails that are unfamiliar to me. Saturday (which is usually cheat day and rest day anyway), was spent reflecting. Sunday was cold. I didn't want to go out. For the first time in months, I felt like sitting in my chair watching TV as opposed to riding a bike. Later in the day, I received a phone call from my sister and she reminded me that something was better then nothing. I've worked to hard and to long to start falling back into bad habits. This may not have been the furthest or hardest I biked, but at least I did get off my ass an exercise. So in the end, this was a rough day. A day I almost gave in to. In the end, this was my greatest triumph because I didn't allow my own laziness to win the internal battle of becoming the better me.

Instagram Post: Yesterday was rough. Today I almost, almost gave in to laziness & self pity. I fought through it & managed a work out. #OneDayAtATime #Biking #FitDontQuit #FitDontQuit

 

OCTOBER 19, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township
Health and Fitness Trail Extended and Home Gym

For The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail see
the 2015 September 1 post

 

Instagram Post: (1) It's cold out here. I must be crazy! #Biking #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #MindOverBody #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay (2) Umm Houston, we have a problem! #Biking (3) So today's #Biking Adventure really was. I know I ride my bike hard & definitely in a way it wasn't designed for. That said it was probably a good thing that I destroyed a pedal today because the lower bearing was stripped as well. I heard some clunking noises but thought maybe the gears were slipping. At any rate, got everything fixed and even had the brakes adjusted. So on the road I did 10 miles before all this and then did another 10 at home. 20 miles today, I'll take it considering all the drama. Back at it again tomorrow. Hopefully it'll be a little warmer. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay #MindOverBody

 

The Ride: Very cold. About 47 degrees. By far the coldest day I ever rode. Started out today with the intent of doing my normal GTHFT ride. About the two mile mark I realized that one of my pedals was busted. At this point I knew it wouldn't be a long ride and I just decided to make my way home. What I did just to get some extra mileage was go through a few of the neighborhoods off the trail on the way home. These are highlighted in the maps below. I then returned home and went to get my bike fixed. In addition to the pedals, I had a loose lower ball bearing that could have potentially allowed my gears to fall off leaving me stranded. Obviously replaced that and had my breaks tightened. It was about $75 of parts and labor but its worth it as I use the bike so much. Once home I did another 10 miles on my recumbent bike. This brought the total to 20 miles on the day. For all the issues, it actually turned out to be an okay day riding.

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail

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

 

OCTOBER 21, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township
Health and Fitness Trail Extended and Home Gym

For The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail see
the 2015 September 1 post

 

Instagram Post: (1) It's a gorgeous October day! 73 degrees. Excited to go #Biking A lot of people are using #RunForRob to honor our friend @robthomas_78 who passed away this week. I don't run but I will start using #BikeForRob as he was a huge supporter of my biking. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #MindOverBody #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay (2) Today's #Biking adventure was the #GloucesterTownshipHealthAndWellnessTrail & some side streets. New pedals, new lower bearing, adjusted brakes, bike felt great. First few miles I felt fast and smooth. My only complaint today was a tremendous amount of gnats! Other then that, a beautiful day out there today. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay #MindOverBody #BikeForRob

 

The Ride: Beautiful day. 73 Degrees. The Instagram posts say it all. I returned to the trail after I did some necessary maintenance to the bike. It rode very well. I was pressed for time and didn't want to ride the trail multiple times. I started doing laps along the sides streets off the trail. This actually was great. It gave me extra mileage but also increased my mileage. The lower right picture is of Harwan Park. Its directly across from the Gloucester Township Library. I took a picture of it because when I was a kid, there was actually a movie theatre in this spot. Just a random memory that hit me today as I was biking. Overall 20 miles and that is about the norm these days. I am just trying to keep the blood moving and my endurance up because I am planning another big ride on Friday.

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail

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

 

OCTOBER 22, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township
Health and Fitness Trail / Blackwood / Deptford / Grenloch

For The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail see
the 2015 September 1 post

 

Instagram Post: (1) Sun is shinning, little wind, beautiful October day! Time to get my #Biking on #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay #MindOverBody #BikeForRob (2) 30+ Miles today on my #Biking adventure. I basically did the #GloucesterTownshipHealthAndWellnessTrail but biked through every neighborhood that intersects it. So I was biking in parts of three towns, went 30 miles but was never more then 4 miles from my house at any point. A good ride. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay #MindOverBody #BikeForRob

 

The Ride: So today I set out to do decent mileage but not kill myself. I'm planning on a long ride tomorrow. I decided to stay local and expand on the ride from yesterday. I used the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail as my baseline. I biked through the numerous neighborhoods off the path for mileage. I started the ride by going through Lakeland / Grenloch, then continuing onto Lower Landing Road while biking through neighborhoods. At this point I never actually was on the trail. I did however work my way back to the trail at Almonesson Road and took it to Brown Avenue so that I could bike through Lakeview Apartments. As I worked my way back down the trail, I turned left onto Church Street and proceeded to do the Blackwood lap going past the High School and through multiple neighborhoods. I worked my way back to the trail by Church Street and then back home. Overall this was a quality workout. It was just over 30 miles and felt wonderful.

 

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail

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

 

OCTOBER 23, 2015

Today's adventure was the Perkiomen Trail (Complete),
Skippack Trail and Palmer Park

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 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.

Instagram Post: (1) Today's #Biking Adventure covered the #PerkiomenTrail #SkippackTrail & #PalmerPark I was in 3 PA State Parks ( #EvansburgStatePark, #GreenLakePark & #LowerPerkiomenValleyPark as well as the #PalmerPark athletic complex in Skippack. I covered 52.1 miles. A lot of pics for the blog but that won't be up until Sunday. #Biking #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #MindOverBody #BikeForRob (2) I seriously never encountered so many #Horses while #Biking I seriously gained an extra mile or two dodging Horse Do Doo on the trails. #ShareTheRoadsTheySay (3) The one benefit to all this #Biking has been the great scenery. Another from today, #GreenLakePark

Perkiomen Trail
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

Skippack Trail
State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Montgomery
Length: 3.3 miles
Trail end points: Perkiomen Trail to Thompson Road
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT

The Ride: Today I set out to complete the entire Perkiomen Trail and also ride the Skippack Trail. It was a very aggressive decision but since I completed the Schuykill River Trail last week, I knew from an endurance stand point I could do this. There was about an 8 mile stretch of the Perkiomen Trail that I did not bike as of yet. The first half mile or so was through a mountain, 12 percent gain and many hills. Very rough ride. Then it was very flat until you get to Green Lake Park at the end of the trail. The Lake was very nice. On the way back I did the Skippack Trail and Palmer Park almost exactly the way I did them on August 27, 2015. This gave me the mileage to go over 50 for the ride. An excellent day. Many of the pictures below are from the section of the Perkiomen that I did not bike before. There are many pictures of the Lake and a few from the Skippack Trail and Palmer Park

 

OCTOBER 25, 2015

Today's adventure was the Schuylkill River Trail -
Phoenixville to Pottstown

The Schuylkill River Trail is envisioned to begin in Philadelphia and stretch northwest from the city along the 128-mile river. As of 2015, 9.6 continuous miles of this “Phoenixville to Pottstown” segment are complete.

The southern end of the trail begins in Longford Park on the east side of the Schuylkill River. From there, it heads northwest through the village of Mont Clare, crossing the river on Bridge Street (Route 29). The trail continues through the center of Phoenixville paralleling the south side of French Creek.

After crossing French Creek, the trail meanders northward toward Cromby Trailhead at Township Line Road on the northern end of Phoenixville. From here, the trail follows the west bank of the Schuylkill River through Spring City and ends in Parker Ford.

 

The Ride: In my attempt to complete all sections of the Schuylkill River Trail, I set out today to conquer the Phoenixville to Pottstown section. For the most part it was flat and easy to navigate. Its very obvious where they continue to work on this trail. Like many other trails I've been on, this one has it share of crossings that you need to navigate safely through. The weather was okay. Little rain sprinkles here and there but cleared up. I think this kept people away as I did not see many people on the trail. From a scenery point of view, I capture the typical "trail" type pictures. Overall a very nice trail and ride. Definitely worth doing.

Schuylkill River Trail - Phoenixville to Pottstown
State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Chester, Montgomery
Length: 9.6 miles
Trail end points: Port Providence Road (Phoenixville) to
Linfield Road (Parker Ford)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail Activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

 

OCTOBER 25, 2015

Today's adventure was the Chester Valley Trail

Chester Valley Trail currently stretches 14 miles between Exton and King of Prussia. Its west end is anchored by Exton Park, while its east end stops just shy of the King of Prussia Mall. Along the way, the trail also passes through Tredyffrin Township and includes a bridge crossing of Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway).

When fully complete, the trail will continue farther east and west from Norristown to Downingtown—connecting to a number of other regional trails in both cities—via a former railroad corridor.

 

The Ride: Since I was in PA, this trail was not to far from where I was. In the attempt to explore trails, it was a no brainer to ride this one. It is a nice long trail with things to see and do easily accessible from the trail. The only real problem is the many many crossings. Some are ok and easy, some are a lot more difficult. Currently part of the trail is under repair so there is a clearly marked detour but that added 2 more crossings on a busy road. So there ends up being lots more stop and go along the path. But once you get some distance from 202 it is a downright nice ride. This was our longest ride since starting back to riding and we were wooped at the end. Definitely more downhill slope going towards King of Prussia. And don't get your hopes up when you see the 0.5 mile sign, there is still another mile or so to go. We will go back after a few more trails to see if we still think the same. This is a great trail for those that want to get in a good workout either running or biking without battling the hills of Chester County. Very well maintained with good shade.

Chester Valley Trail
State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Chester, Montgomery
Length: 14 miles
Trail end points: King of Prussia Rd. just east of I-76
(King of Prussia) to N. Ship Road (Exton)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail Activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

 

OCTOBER 26, 2015
Today's adventure was the Monroe Township Bikeway

For a complete description of the Monroe Township Bikeway see
the post from August 10, 2015.

 

Instagram Post: (1) Starting today's #Biking adventure off on the #MonroeTownshipBikeway Lets see where the road takes us. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #MindOverBody #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay (2) After a couple long and hard #Biking days Friday & Sunday, today was a moderate 26 miles. I went back to the #MonroeTownshipBikeway and rode it twice. The wind really didn't let up but overall it wasn't to bad temperature wise. A lot of fallen leaves on the trail did make traction interesting in spots however. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #MindOverBody #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay

 

The Ride: The wind was constant and there was a crisp in the air. It actually was a little uncomfortable at times. The weather was nothing compared to the amount of falling leaves on the ground that, at times made traction an adventure all its own. Riding this trail now, I can feel my progress as my endurance is a lot better. The 6.5 miles to the end of the track really is not the struggle it was the first time I rode it. I did the trail twice, that gave me 26 miles. After two long mileage days of biking, this was a good moderate mileage day. It was within my comfort level. This isn't a bad trail but its also a once or twice a month type things only because I have to drive to it. It has double the mileage of the Gloucester Township Health and Wellness Trail but at least that trail is in my back yard. Next time I ride this trail, I'll break off into a few of the neighborhoods just to explore a little more. Overall, not a bad day.


Monroe Township Bikeway

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

 

OCTOBER 27, 2015

Today's adventure was the Home Gym

 

Instagram Post: (1) Did that inside recumbent bike workout thing today. 25 miles an hour & change. Listened to two albums #BryanAdams #GetUp & #PseudoEcho #Race better then watching tv. It's the build up to another epic #Biking Friday. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

 

The Ride: Just one of those keep the blood moving kind of days. Usually its about this time that I am planning out my big weekend ride but honestly, I do not have one. I rode today because I wanted to and because I believe in the benefits that it is providing. Its all about training and keeping up with my cardio no matter what the source. I use this bike often when I can't make it outside. I also just put the headphones on and zoned out to the music. Perfect way to pass the time especially while riding a stationary bike.

 

OCTOBER 28, 2015
Today's adventure was the Home Gym

 

Instagram Post: (1) So it's been raining all day. That means #Biking inside. Why? Because #FightForIt #FitDontQuit So this recumbent bike has been as equally as valuable as my mountain bike in the pursuit for a better me. 30 miles today. Feels good.

 

The Ride: Rain forced me inside today. I increased my distance from yesterday. I think the 25-30 per day is a good distance to burn calories and get a good workout. I play around with the resistance, but I try to replicate my actual biking activity. Today was about going further and harder then yesterday. Happy with the results.

 

OCTOBER 29, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township
Health and Fitness Trail / Blackwood / Deptford / Grenloch

For The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail see
the 2015 September 1 post

 

Instagram Post: (1) You never know what you'll see on a #Biking adventure. Today I saw this dude hanging out on a swing. #Halloween 27 miles around a couple towns. All off shoot neighborhoods from the GTWP trail. Tried to clear my head with the ride (deep thoughts) didn't work but a gorgeous day out there for a ride. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #MindOverBody

 

The Ride: A lot of my mind today so I thought a nice ride would clear my head. It did not. On the plus side though, it was a beautiful day out there today. I went at a very moderate pace and zig zagged through a bunch of neighborhoods all along the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail. In the end it was 27 miles. Not a bad ride at all. I also saw some interesting Halloween decorations along the way.

 

OCTOBER 30, 2015

Today's adventure was the Home Gym

 

Instagram Post: (1) Bunch of appointments today. I had an hour so I squeezed in a recumbent #Biking workout. 20 miles in that hour. Listened to the new @bryanadams album #GetUp #bryanadamsgetup #Dedication #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

 

The Ride: The couple Friday's were very epic rides. Today real life made taking a 4-5 hour ride impossible. In fact, I squeezed this workout in between appointments. Just happy that I am motivated enough to find the time to keep going. It would have been easy not to do anything today. Although that devil on the shoulder says be lazy, I have worked to hard these past few months to start going backwards now. It truly has become a lifestyle change.

 

OCTOBER 31, 2015
Today's adventure was the Blackwood Area
The Four Schools Tour

 

Instagram Post: (1) #HappyHalloween it's a cold one. Getting in a quick workout before going to see the boys (and maybe another ride) #Biking #FitDontQuit #FightForIt (2) Pausing my road workout to do a little off road! Having been here in a while #Biking #FitDontQuit #FightForIt (3) 1st #Biking adventure was around town. 22 miles through a park, off road, past all my schools growing up. More pics to come. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

 

The Ride: I knew I was closing in on a mileage milestone for the month so I was determined to get out and do some mileage. I also knew that I would go biking with my nephews later but wanted any of that to be just a bonus.
On this ride I started of doing the traditional Grenloch warm up (which I had not done in a while actually.) From there I git this idea in my head to tour the four schools in the area. This set me on the path of going through the Gloucester Premium Outlets on route to Camden County College. I zig zagged through the parking lots of the college in order to had mileage.
Since I was so close to the Gloucester Township Community Park, I went there as well. I stopped my tracker and decided to do a little off roading adventure. The last time I did this was August 13. For the complete description of the Park on the off road activity, read the August 13, 2015 blog entry. In addition to the off road, I followed the blue trail (2 miles) in the park. It was okay, but I had never done this before so it was good.
Leaving the park, I headed out on Peter Cheesman Road towards C.W. Lewis Middle School. Now on Erial Road, I continued to Highland Regional High School. From here, I again zig zagged through the neighborhoods (just like the October 30 post) working my way back to the Black Horse Pike where I turned left. At Marshall Avenue, I arrived at Gloucester Township Elementary School. From here it was simply working my way back home thus completing 22 miles.

 

OCTOBER 31, 2015
Today's adventure was the Audubon Loop

This is a 4.14 mi Bike Ride in Audubon, PA, United States. The Bike Ride has a total ascent of 75.54 ft and has a maximum elevation of 217.81 ft. This route was created by entrtaner on 04/14/2012. Average Terrain Bike Path Surface Creek Surroundings For Travel For Workout Lake Surroundings Medium Difficulty Rolling Climb Contour Rural Area

Instagram Post: (1) Spent some time #Biking with the nephew today as well #AudubonLoop #AirBear (2) 2nd #Biking adventure was the #AudubonLoop with #AirBear quality nephew time.

The Ride: Spent a little quality time with my nephew. I can say this, there was one hill that I was never able to bike up before, and on this day I did. Looking back, I realized I always hit the Audubon Loop at the end of long mileage days. Therefore I was very tired. The hill wasn't really that difficult after all. Just nice to spend some time with the boy.