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DATE TRAIL DATE TRAIL
2015 September 1 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail / Blackwood Estates   2015 September 17 Gloucester Twp / Grenloch / Hiltop
2015 September 2 East Greenwich Township Thompson Family Park   2015 September 18 the Epic Fail
2015 September 3 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail / Blackwood Area   2015 September 19 Perkiomen Trail / Schuylkill River Trail / Audubon Loop
2015 September 4 Home Gym   2015 September 21 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail
2015 September 7 Home Gym   2015 September 22 GTWP H&F Trail Extended & the Grenloch trail
2015 September 8 GTWP Trail / Blackwood / Lakeland / Washington Twp   2015 September 23 GTWP H&F Trail plus Blackwood Estates
2015 September 9 Gloucester Twp (Blackwood, Clementon)   2015 September 24 Monroe Township Bikeway / GTWP H&F Trail
2015 September 11 Gloucester Twp / Grenloch / Hiltop   2015 September 25 GTWP H&F Trail / Blackwood / Lakeland / WTP
2015 September 12 Home Gym   2015 September 27 Home Gym
2015 September 13 Home Gym   2015 September 28 Home Gym
2015 September 14 GTWP Trail / Blackwood / Lakeland / Home Gym   2015 September 29 Home Gym
2015 September 15 Home Gym   2015 September 30 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail
2015 September 16 Salisbury University and surrounding areas   2015 September Final Monthly Statistics

 

SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail and Blackwood Estates

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness 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.

 

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.

 

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

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

Blackwood Estates

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2, 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: 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.

Thompson Family Park

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

 

SEPTEMBER 3, 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

The Ride: First (yelloe) I took the trail from Main Street in Grenloch to the end at Landing Road as fast and as hard as I could go. A little over 14 minutes for 3.3 miles. Still can not break 14 minutes yet. On the return trip (pink) I made a right onto Coles Rd and took that to Fairview Drive where I made a left. Have not biked Coles Road before. A little elevation, some resistance, only part of it has side walks. It does take you past Skeeter's Pub and the Democrat Club. Once onto Fairview Drive, I followed it and turned left onto Golfview Drive. This takes you around Valleybrooke Country Club. Then turned right onto Little Gloucester Road, Right again back onto Golfview drive and left back onto Fairview Drive. Fairview changes names to Peters Lane as you cross over Coles Road. I stayed on Peters Lane until it intersects with Blackwood-Clementon Road.A quick right, ten left onto Erial Road takes me past Highland High School. I turned right onto Douglass Avenue, right onto Argyle Avenue then right onto Davistown Road.Turned right (blue) into Blackwood Estates on Lehigh Avenue. Made the first right onto Fairmount Avenue. From here I followed my Blackwood Estates course (refer to the 2015 September 1 post). The difference here is that I went right on Indiana Avenue and the left onto Church Street. Took Church to Pine, then right onto Clifton before picking up Lakeside Avenue which brings me back to Pine. Followed that to Marshll, turned left and the picked up the trail again (green). Went back to Church Street, turned around and followed the trail all the way to Lakeland Road. Made a right, then left onto Woodbury-Turnersville Road. Turned left on Milburn, right on Linwood, then left on Central and down the S hill.. Made a left back onto the trail and a right off the trail at Woodland Avenue. Then home. 15.6 miles in all.

 

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

Blackwood Area

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: unlimiited
Trail surfaces: Asphalt

 

SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
Home Gym

Some days you just need a changed. On those days I use my recumbent bike to get a workout. Today was one of those days.

Instagram Post: Stayed inside (potential bad weather all day) for today's #Biking adventure. 20 miles. Not bad. Exercising daily, one way or another #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

 

 

SEPTEMBER 7, 2015
Home Gym

Instagram Post: (1) Took the weekend off for a little fun, so today a little indoor cardio to get the blood moving. Returning to outdoor #Biking tomorrow still have goals to achieve #FitDontQuit #FightForIt (2) This turned into 16 miles oops

 

 

SEPTEMBER 8, 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 / Lakeland / Washington TWP Areas
Will be discussed in The Ride


Instagram Post: (1) After taking the holiday weekend off, and I frustrating morning looking for a job, it's time to get back to it & re energize, re focus & continue on my path to a better me. It'll be good to clear my head too. #Biking #FitDontQuit #FightForIt (2) Today's #Biking adventure turned out to be more than expected. It started out with the usual local spots but also branched out into some new territories of Washington Township. At one point even ran into @katethegreat256 & #Dude so stopped and chatted for a bit. In all just over 21 miles today. Not a bad way to start back on the road work. Working on the Blog update now. It'll be up tonight. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

 

The Ride: Start off following the Yellow Line (section 3) on Melrose, turn right onto Woodland and take that to the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail. Make a left on the trail and follow it to Linden Street. Make a right onto Central Ave and then right onto Woodbury Turnersville Road. Continue (section 2) to Barnsboro Road, Follow until it merges with West Church Street. Make a left to return to the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail. Follow the trail (section 1) until the end at Landing Road.

Turn around and now follow the Blue Line (section 1) back to Church Street (section 2). Turn Left on Church and continue to Erial Road where you turn right. Make a right onto Douglas Avenue, left onto Argyle Ave and a right onto Davistown Road. Make a right onto Lehigh Avenue, right on Fairmount and left onto State. Turn left on Cresmont, right onto Carol and left on Adrienne. Make a left on East Lake and follow to the Blackhorse Pike. Turn right on the Pike and left back onto Church Street. Mak a left back on to the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail. Follow to Marshall Avenue and make a left. Turn right back onto the Blackhorse Pike. Make a right onto Elaine Avenue and left onto Linda Avenue. Now (section 3) turn left on Barbara Lane and follow the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail back to Woodland Avenue where you turn right and left onto Melrose.

At this point, I wanted to do more so now follow the red line starting in (section 3). Down Woodland and left back onto the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail. Just like before, follow to Linden Street, turn right onto Central and then right onto Woodbury Turnersville Road. Make a right onto Wilson Road. Now on (section 4) turn left onto Bryant Road and then bare left onto Forrest Drive. Make a left onto Cambridge Drive and a left onto Shoppers Lane. I went about half way up the road into the shopping center then turned around. Made a left onto No Name Road, then a right onto Greentree Road. Turn right onto Hurffville Road then made the hard right on Hurffville Grenloch Road. (back on section 3) Make a left onto Woodbury Turnersvillw Road, Right onto Park and a left onto Eastview Drive. I turned right onto Central and a left onto Linden Street which led back to the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail. Made a right onto Lakeland, a right onto Oakwood, left on Woodland and finally a left on Melrose.

This took me into many areas I had biked before, but also did about a third of the miles in Washington Township which was new for me. The pictures above are from the Washington Township loop. Overall todays biking adventure covered 21.1 miles. Very happy with this performance after having a couple of days off.

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden, Gloucester
Length: unknown
Trail surfaces: Asphalt

 

SEPTEMBER 9, 2015
Today's adventure was
Gloucester Township

Instagram Post: (1) My kind of sign #Biking #FitDontQuit #FightForIt get it done before the rain, (referring to the yellow and black sign in picture 1) (2) Not the worst view on this #Biking adventure #FightForIt #FitDontQuit (referring to the picture of my bike at the golf course below)

The Ride: I'll refer to The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail throughout this journal as "The Trail". Today was one of those days were I set off with no idea where I was headed. Actually I planned on going for a quick ride, staying close to home in case it rained. Then I was going to go inside and ride my bike. That didn't happen. In fact I went a lot of new places today as seen in the photos below. Now onto the ride which covered 20.5 miles.

(1) Out of my neighborhood and onto the trail towards Grenloch. I went up Central Ave then turned right onto Eastview Drive, left on Milburn and right onto Woodbuty Turnersville Road. At this point I went in a new direction by turning left onto County House Road (this takes you past the Animal Shelter). I turned right onto Blackwood Road which turns into Blackwood Barnsboro all the way down to Blackwood Lake (discussed many times before). At the base of the lake, I turned right onto Church Street.

(2) Follow Church to Erial Road which I turned right. I made a left onto Woodlane Drive and then a right onto Blackwood Clementon Road. Taking a moment, I biked passed many businesses on this road all featured in pictures 2 and 3. McDonalds, taco Bell, Kmart, Ritas, Friendly's, etc. The business district of town and until today, I had not biked it. I made a left onto Kelly drivers Lane.A few miles down the road, I cut through a shopping center to Chews Landing Road. Once here I went right for the sole purpose of going to Little Pond Golf Center. I then turned around and went to the Township Municiple Building / Park / Police Station (picture 5).

Coming off Chews Landing Road, I crossed the street onto Hidler Lane. Then made a right onto Little Gloucester Road. Followed this down to the Loring Flemming Elementary and Glenn Landing Middle Schools. At which point I turned around, then turned right onto Golfview Drive at Valleybrook Country Club which I've biked through before. Followed Golfview to Fairview Drive which turns into Peters Lane. I made a right onto Blackwood Clementon Road and then a left onto State Street.(1) Made a right onto Cloverdale Road and right onto East Lake. Made a left onto the Black Horse Pike. A right onto Marshall, then a right back onto the trail. I took the trail to the end, turned around and headed back. On the return trip, I got off the trail at Pine Avenue (by Church Street), made a left onto Marshall and resumed the trail. I detoured again by going right on Elaine Ave, left on Linda Ave, right on Fay Ann Drive and right onto Linda Ave before picking up the trail. Took the trail to the end, turned around, made the right onto Woodland and then home. I great ride.

 

SEPTEMBER 11, 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

 

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

Blackwood Area

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: unlimiited
Trail surfaces: Asphalt

Instagram Post: (1) It's wet out here! #Biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #GloucesterTownshipHealthAndWellnessTrail (2) You know the summer is over when you get stopped behind a bus while #Biking

The Ride: So today I set out on a journey where I thought I would do about 12 miles. I started out by taking The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (the Trail), towards Grenloch. At this point, going up that dreaded S hill is no longer a problem. I took a couple of laps around the neighborhood as a warm up. At one point I turned right off of Park Avenue and onto Eastview Drive. At this point I noticed the Grenloch Lake Memorial Park. Living in this area most of my life, I never realized that this park was here. There were a few off road trails but nothing to exciting. The upper right picture shows the park, lake and the towns post office.

Now back down the hill and onto the Trail, I took it to the end at Landing Road. My intent here was to turn around, go back a mile, come back to Landing Road, turn around, go two miles down the trail, etc, etc until I finished the entire trail again. What I did was when I returned to Landing Road, I turned left, then made another left onto Lower Landing Road. At one point, a car passed me as I was going through a puddle and well I got an unexpected shower. This road runs parallel to Rt 42 and the lower most right picture is a view of RT 42 from the Almonesson exit. The road changes names twice but comes out at Blackwood Lake by Church Street.

I took Church to Erial Road, turned right. Went past the high school and eventually turned right onto Davistown Road. Made a right onto Lehigh Avenue and did the Blackwood Estates loop like so many times before (yes I got stopped behind a school bus at one point). I came out at the Black Horse Pike and made a right. Turned left back onto Church Street. This eventually intersects with the Trail. I took the trail to the end at which point I did a few more laps around Grenloch before returning home. My quick bike ride turned into 20.6 miles. A good day.

 

SEPTEMBER 12, 2015
Home Gym

Woke up at 5:30am. It was dark and it was supposed to rain all day. It was cheat day and rest day. I decided that if I wanted to be bad, I had to be good first.

Instagram Post: What's happens when you can't sleep? You #GetUp and put in a #Biking workout on the recumbent bike. You listen to @bryanadams new tunes #BrandNewDay & #YouBelongToMe from the upcoming #GetUp album and put in 31+ miles all before 8am! It's definitely a #BrandNewDay & brand new me. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

 

 

SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
Home Gym

Cheat day wasn't that successful. I added a bad ingredient and didn't quite get the meal I craved. I did have a few soft pretzels earlier in the day so it wasn't all bad. Anyway, glad I biked 30+ miles yesterday. I was exhausted. I slept for 10 hours. Today (like yesterday), I had no intention of working out. I just migrated to my gym as I started watching TV. I started off casually and by the end, I actually went further today than yesterday. I'm now exhausted AGAIN.

Instagram Post: After yesterday, I seriously was going to take today off. I started waiting time watching TV so I decided to lightly ride while I did that. Somehow that turned into 33 miles. I may have a problem #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #Biking

 

 

SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
Home Gym,
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

Basically the Lakeland Complex and Blackwood Estates which have been discussed numerous times on this site.

 

Instagram Post: As the Joker says: I might be loosing my mind . I went on a #Biking adventure today and put in 21 miles. I return home, felt like I still had gas in the tank so with 5 minutes of parking my bike, I got on my recumbent bike and did another 20! Over 40 miles in one outing a new personal best for endurance. I also knocked 11 minutes off my best 20 mile mark on the recumbent bike. My legs feel like jello but honestly I feel pretty amazing right now. I keep thinking back to that first day where 3 miles killed me. I've come a long way. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

 

 

SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
Home Gym

I knew I had a big day planned in Salisbury tomorrow, so I just wanted to keep the blood moving. It was a big week so today was only 10 miles.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
Today's adventure was
Salisbury University and surrounding areas

Instagram Post: (1) A lot more from this epic #Biking adventure later, but today was 37+ miles around the campus of @SalisburyU and around the town of #Salisbury #MyHappyPlace #FightForIt #FitDontQuit @sualumni (2) It's taking a lot longer to organize all the pictures from my @SalisburyU #Biking adventure Wednesday. I was able to capture most of campus so you'll get a good look at the campus when the post is up later tonight. In the meantime here is a tease. Off to today's #Biking adventure now though. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #SelfieWithSammy @sualumni

The Ride: Salisbury University is near and dear to me. Not only did I graduate from here, but I now serve as the Vice President of the Salisbury University Alumni Association. I also formed the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Alumni Organization, served the Admissions department at multiple college fairs and served on many committees over the years.

Below is a lot of pictures, most of which are on campus. I probably covered 85% of the campus during my ride. Instead of a street by street description, I will include captions with each photo. I am also including two google map images. The first is the entire area in which I bike in around town. The second is a closer look at the campus. Note: Google Maps is behind as the campus has changed since their last picture update. It still gives you an idea of the campus and the area however.

 
Random bike signs on Riverside Drive. The Salisbury sign is actually on Route 13 leaving Fruitland and entering Salisbury. Top left and top right are pictures of the Wicomico River from Riverside Drive. The middle right is a picture of Brew River. Great bar and Food. The bottom pictures are of a random Carnival I passed along the way.
The Hampton Inn and the Railroad crossing is actually in Fruitland, MD off of Cedar Lane. The other three pictures are of University Park which is off campus housing located on Milford Street. Staying on Milford Street, you will pass the University Fitness Club and the Indoor Tennis Center. The water Tower is best viewed and located between Power Street and Milford Street. It is in the same complex as the Nabb Research Center.
On Wayne Street you can see the construction of the new Sea Gull Stadium. The top left picture is the track and the top right is the practice field located across the street from the stadium. Between Wayne Street and Plant Street is the Baseball Stadium (bottom two pictures). Above is the women's soccer field and scoreboard which is located across from the Football stadium.
Connecting the East Campus to the Main Campus is the Route 13 Tunnel (bottom left). Both building pictures are the Maggs Physical Activities Center where the Basketball Court, Pool and Volleyball Courts are housed. The upper right picture is Hensen School of Science and Technolgy. The other three pictures is the Henson Science Hall. These are two different buildings. The Sammy Statue sits on the corner between Hensen and Maggs.
These are all pictures from different viewpoints of the new Academic Commons which is scheduled to open in 2016. It is on the old Caruthers Hall lot The Sammy Statue I discussed above. The upper left is on the corner of Route 13 and W Camden Ave in front of the TETC Building (Teacher Education and Technology Center).
The top pictures as seen from Route 13, (left) Perdue School of Business and (right) Sea Gull Square, which is retail shops on the ground floor and upper classmen dorms above. The University Center and Commons. Located on the Dogwood Drive and Camden Avenue corner. The Commons is where the dinning hall and book store are located.
The marque building, first building on campus Holloway Hall. It sits on the corner of W College Avenue and Camden Avenue. Scarbrough Student Leadership Center is where many meetings I attend on campus take place. It sits on Camden Avenue next to the Admissions House. The Simulation Center is off of Dogwood and is state of the art simulation lab for the Nursing program.
The Alumni and Admissions Houses are on Camden Avenue and the buildings I spend the most time in when I visit. The Ward Museum is part of the University but it is about two miles away at Beaglin Park Drive and S Schumaker Drive. I biked there so I included pictures.
Back on campus by Route 13 and Camden Aveue is some Upper Classmen dorms, Chesapeake and St Martin Halls. A lot of my friends and myself lived here when we were students. Behind the dorms on the left is the TETC building.
These are more but not all of the residence halls on campus. With the exception of Chesapeake, St Martin, Sea Gull Square and Dogwood Village, all the residence halls are grouped together in the same section of campus located close to Camden Avenue from about the middle of campus going down towards the University Center. Blackwell Library which will eventually be replaced when the Academic Commons opens and Fulton Hall. Fulton houses the school of Liberal Arts.

 

SEPTEMBER 17, 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

 

The Ride: I redid the 2015 September 11 route with a few exceptions. Actually cut through a neighborhood off of Lower Landing Road (Timber Cove) and a neighborhood off of Good Intent so I good go past the Midget Football Field. This road intersects with the trail. Overall it was a 20 mile day. I actually forget to take pictures of the new areas and the speedometer. Ooops, oh well. The important thing is that I'm out there.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
Today's adventure was the EPIC FAIL

Today's intention was to go out and either bike to my friends house or explore somewhere new. I choose the later root. Actually it started off fine. Up through Grenloch which is my normal warm up, then down Hurffville Grenloch out to Delsea Drive. Its here where Bethel Cemetery sits and is the resting place for my parents so I stopped by to say hello. Leaving the cemetery, I continued up Delsea Drive and turned right onto County House Road. At some point I began loosing air in my front tire. I stopped, added air and continued. Within a quarter mile, the tire was completely flat. I jumped off the seat so I didn't fall, but the pedal snapped back and cut up my shin pretty good. So now bloody, hurting and a flat, I began the 4 mile walk home. I did bike about 8 miles before all this happened. I then had to get my tire fixed because I was anticipating biking in PA tomorrow and I was leaving early. So I keep saying this is an Epic Fail, but the reality is I biked and walked so I still was able to get in a cardio workout today.

Instagram Post: (1) Nothing like cutting yourself & getting a flat (that I can't repair) to add the Adventure to the #Biking Adventure. #LongWalkHome (2) My version of Curt Schillings bloody sock game. #Biking Adventures #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

 

 

SEPTEMBER 19, 2015

Today's adventure was the Perkiomen Trail / Schuylkill River Trail /
Audubon Loop Trail

My whole goal today was to finish the Perkiomen Trail down to where it connects with the Schuylkill River Trail. I accomplished that.There is still about 8 miles of this trail I still have to explore but that will be another day. After the Epic Fail of yesterday, I did have some reservations about exploring an area that I didn't know or knew anyone close by that get help me out. I did over come that early on and had a great ride today going 21.5 miles. Part of this trip was on the gravel road which is very difficult so that was great for resisitence. Overall, very happy with today's results.

For a description of the Perkiomen Trail see 2015 August 8 as it has been covered frequently on this blog.

Audubon Loop Trail

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.

Schuykill RiverTrail

In the Audubon Map bedew, you can see the Schuykill River bike path highlighted in green. I spent minimal time on this trail so I'm not including a picture. I will explorer this trail in greater detail in the future.

Instagram Post: (1) After yesterday's #EpicFail #Biking Adventure, get right back on the horse! #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #PerkiomenTrail (2) It was a productive #Biking Adventure. No blow outs or injuries. I won't say I was ever lost, but there was times I wasn't 100% sure where I was :) #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

 

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

 

SEPTEMBER 21, 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) I may get wet on this #Biking adventure #FitDontQuit #FightForIt (2) The sky was angry today my friends #Biking #GloucesterTownshipHealthAndWellnessTrail #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #Rain #SlipperyWhenWet So I did progressive suicides on the trail today just over 20 miles but at a higher resistance level on the bike. My legs are feeling it.

The Ride: First I did a 2 mile warm up through Grenloch then hit the trail. I did a progressive suicide ride today. That means I started at the beginning of the trail, went to the first street, turned around, went back to the start, then out to the second cross street, turned around, went back to the start, etc. I used each mile marker as a section for each suicide. Two of the sections have 3 streets, 1 has 4 streets. In the end, it was just over 20 miles at a higher resistance. A good workout.

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

 

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail) Extended - 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) Tried the map my ride feature for today's #Biking adventure. Whatever looks all jumbled up. Oh well new things #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

The Technology: This ride was something I've done before. I used the map my ride feature on my phone for this ride. At first, I wasn't a fan. After looking at it again, I realize there is a lot of valuable information on there. Also, it automatically populates a map for me which is a nice feature if I'm just wandering around a town. I am starting to like it now and when not on a trail, I will probably use this feature a lot more in the future..

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

 

SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

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

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) Wasn't planning on #Biking today but come on, it's a beautiful day out there. That and I'm slightly addicted to this #Biking thing if I don't go I'll feel guilty. Plus a lot of people have been complimenting me recently on my results these past 12 weeks so I still have work to do. But that beautiful day thing, yeah that's why I'm out here right now. It'll be a short ride. Better then nothing though #FitDontQuit #FightForIt (2) So #GloucesterTownshipHealthAndWellnessTrail on my Mountain Bike end to end 3.3 miles good resistance and a lot of streets to cross, I could never break 14 minutes. RIGHT NOW I just did it in 12:36 seconds!! Only competing against myself & today I kicked my own ass for a personal best. HAPPY!! by the way for those asking I'm now down 71lbs in 12 weeks. Getting closer to the goal Thanks for the support #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

The Ride: Like the post says above, I went at it hard. Set a personal best. I road the trail back then jumped into Blackwood Estates for a bit. It was only 15 miles today but it was a great 15 miles. The only difference in the picture below of the Estates is that I biked up and down each side street.

 

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

Today's adventure was the Monroe Township Bikeway &
Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail (aka Blackwood Railroad Trail)

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

For a complete description of the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail, see the description from September 1, 2015.

Instagram Post: (1)

The Ride: Today I truly wanted to get in a good distance workout. I also wanted to do something different. I realized I haven't been on the Monroe Township Bikeway in a month so that made my decision easy. I also immediately new when I got there, that I would ride the trail twice. This but me right around 27 miles. That close to 30, I wanted to get it in. Thats when I decided that I would return home and do the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail just to get the miles in. I felt good today. My legs are tired now. I used the map my ride app just to see the elevation of these trails.

 

SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail
and Blackwood / Washington Townshp Area

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail

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

Blackwood / Lakeland / Washington TWP Areas
Will be discussed in The Ride

Instagram Post: (1) So when you set out to do a quick workout because you went hard yesterday, and you still go 20 miles? Okay somethings scrambled in the brain. Obviously speed wasn't my friend today. Legs are dead. #Biking #MindOverBody #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

The Ride: I set out today with the intention of doing 10 miles. Honestly my legs were sore from yesterday but I wanted to ride just to get in some exercise. Never having a plan, I always do the same warm up which is a couple miles around the neighborhood in Grenloch (1). I decided that I would go into (2) Washington Township because I only biked the neighborhood off Wilson Road once. I then crossed Greentree Road and biked through part of the neighborhood by Bells Lake. This brought me out to Ganton Road so I turned down Bells Lake Drive and did the other section of the neighborhood. I basically made a loop getting back into the same neighborhood I started with and backtracking to Grenloch. Once there I choose to go down Wilson Road and onto the Blackhorse Pike. I turned right onto College Drive and then left through the Gloucester Premium Outlets. At this point I crossed the Blackhorse Pike again so I could pick up the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail from the start.

(1) I took the trail to the end. Looking at mileage, I was on pace for 16 miles by the time I returned home. At this point, I began thinking how I could get an extra four miles in. So I basically took side streets and worked my way back to Lakeland Road and then turned right. I biked through Lakeland and then back through Grenloch. Zig Zagged through my neighborhood and complete 20.45 miles on the day. A lot of wind resistance and tired legs made this ride have slower splits then yesterday, but in the end, 20 more miles biked and I'm happy about that.

 

SEPTEMBER 27, 2015

Home Gym

I used my recumbent bike today. After yesterday's cheat day and no workout, I wanted to do something where I could ease back into it a bit. I quickly realized that I could make this ahard workout. In the end, I set a personal best for distance at 60.09 miles. It was a productive day.

Instagram Post: (1) Today's workout / #Biking plan. Since I'm going to sit on my ass watching the Eagles, I may as well be productive while doing it. Also want to jump start the week and put up good mileage coming of the cheat day. Also haven't used this machine in a while so i figured a change of pace will do me good. So off we go #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #MindOverBody (2) Started at the pre-game and biked throughout the game. Was close to 60 by games end so I just went for it. 60 miles on the recumbent bike & just shy of 2000 calories burned. That's being productive while watching the Eagles game. #Biking #MindOverBody #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

 

 

SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

Home Gym

I used my recumbent bike this morning. Had a lot going on today so I squeezed in a workout. Two days in a row inside, workouts were good, but tomorrow I need to get on my actual bike and hit the road.

Instagram Post: (1) I have a lot going on this afternoon so a little morning indoor #Biking working to get things going. Not the epic 60 miles of yesterday, but high resistance and a harder ride. Good start to the day. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #MindOverBody

 

 

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

Home Gym

I used my recumbent bike again because the rain prevented me from going outside.

Instagram Post: (1) Rain is forcing me to do my #Biking indoors. I'm making the most out of it. 115 miles last 3 days. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #MindOverBody #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay

 

 

SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness 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) Tired of #Biking indoors. Dark clouds though, if I get wet, I get wet. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt (2) Felt good to actually ride a bike instead of the recumbent bike. The rain held off. Today's #Biking adventure was the #GloucesterTownshipHealthAndWellnessTrail x4 Yep 4 times 25+ miles. Very humid. I can feel how much better in shape I'm in compared to July. There's still work to be done though. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #WhereTheresAWillTheresAWay #MindOverBody

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