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DATE TRAIL DATE TRAIL
2016 April 01 Recumbent Bike   2016 April 21 Midnight Madness: Blackwood Estates / Grenloch Park Manor
2016 April 02 GTWP Health & Wellness Trail / Deptford / Washington TWP   2016 April 22 Perkiomen, Skippack, Audubon Loop, Schuylkill River Trails+
2016 April 06 Grenloch / Washington TWP / Deptford   2016 April 24 GTWP, Camden County College, Forest Ridge +
2016 April 07 Swimming   2016 April 25 Blackwood Estates, Highland High School + neighborhoods
2016 April 15 Atlantic County Bikeway / Monroe Twp Trail / GTWP Trail   2016 April 27 Salisbury University, Salisbury, Fruitland
2016 April 17 Christina Raiver Walk / Riverview Trail / N. Delaware Greenway   Final Stats  
2016 April 18 GTWP Health & Wellness Trail / Surrounding Neighborhoods      

 

April 01, 2016

Instagram Post: Forgot to post yesterday's #biking activity. #AprilFoolsDay #recumbentbike for 25 miles. The weather & work made this my only option. #seagullcenturytraining #SeaGullCentury2016 #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #LLLR

 

April 02, 2016

Instagram Post: Tonight's #biking adventure was 17 miles. I did bike the #gloucestertownshiphealthandwellnesstrail and then just where ever the road took me. Nice night & really glad it's staying lighter later. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #SeaGullCentury2016 #seagullcenturytraining #LLLR

The Ride: It basically started off as a trip up the GTWP Health (Blackwood) and Wellness trail and then branched off from there. On the return trip I went through the Lower Landing neighborhood and made my way to the Blackhorse Pike. I headed south then turned right onto Clementon Ave. I made the loop around the midget football field and worked my way back toward Good Intent Road (Deptford). Made a left at the route 41 intersection and a right onto Woodbury Turnersville Road. As the road changes townships to Washington Township, the name changes to County House Road. I then biked the Reserve, before crossing onto Park Avenue in Grenloch. I then worked my way back home to Blackwood. A couple long stretches of road, but unfortunately, they were not the easiest to navigate therefore I couldn't truly open up on the road like I wanted to.

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Hilltop, Lower Landing, GTWP Midget Football, The Reserve, Lakeland Complex, Grenloch Terrace, Grenloch and Grenloch Park Manor.

 

April 06, 2016

Instagram Post: Almost 18 miles of #biking after work tonight. The darkness snuck up on me though. Bonus, I did not injure myself tonight. Getting more comfortable with the clips. Until tomorrow #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #seagullcenturytraining #SeaGullCentury2016 #LLLR

The Ride: Headed down Lakeland Ave and turned right onto County House Road. I then turned left onto Blackwoodtown Road and bared right onto Blackwood Barnsboro Road. I took this almost to the end and entered Willow Ridge. I worked my way back down Blackwood Barnsboro Road biking through Millstream and Sawyer's Creek. I came out of Sawyer's Creek on County House Road so that I could easily enter Heritage Woods. I navigated the development until I came out onto Good Intent Road. I turned left and headed into Blackwood Terrace. Leaving Blackwood Terrace back on Good Intent Road, I preceded towards Hurfville Road where I turned left. Another left back onto County House Road led me to Hunters Gate. Back on County House through the Lakeland Complex, up Lakeland Road and into Grenloch Park Manor.

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Blackwood Terrace, Hunters Gate, Heritage Woods, Willow Ridge, Millstream Apartments, Sawyer's Creek, Lakeland Complex and Grenloch Park Manor.

 

April 07, 2016

Instagram Post: Raining today so no #biking so that meant a trip to the pool for some #swimming 3550 yards (just over 2 miles). Checking back its been almost a month since I was in the pool and yes I'm feeling right now. Tired is an understatement. I'm twice as old & twice as slow as as was when I competitively swam in college but the #SilverLining here is that I still have the endurance and stamina to swim continuously for over an hour. That's a win right there. All this working out is leading to #SeaGullCentury2016 so let's continue the #seagullcenturytraining and #FightForIt #FitDontQuit and most importantly the motto all who knew @robthomas_78 now shares when living in the moment #LLLR

The Swim: Felt pretty good considering I wasn't in the pool for a few weeks. Still have the endurance to oswim for an hour so that was a plus. Pool pretty empty so I was also excited about that. Finding swimming as a good alternantive exercise. Trying to make an effort to get there at least once a week.

 

 

April 15, 2016

Instagram Post: So today I sat on my ass for a few hours. Luckily my ass was attached to my bike, and biked I did. 65 miles in all today. I did the #AtlanticCountyBikeway (2), #MonroeTownshipBikeway (1), #gloucestertownshiphealthandwellnesstrail (2) & a quick loop around the Lakeland Complex. After the most stressful work week in a long time, the perfect weather & an opportunity to just clear my head, this was a much needed way to spend a day off. On a side note, I'm feeling it. I don't think I had another 35 miles in me so that means there is still work to be done before #SeaGullCentury2016 in October. I'll be ready! #seagullcenturytraining #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #LLLR #biking

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

Today was a good day. I went out to the Atlantic County Bikeway because I haven't been there since last season. Also with the new bike, I wanted to see how it would handle. There is this one stretch of a straight away where I got up to 25+ mph. Better equipment made the difference. I then decided to ride this trail twice (since I drove down to it). On the way home, I stopped off at the Monroe Township Bikeway. I've been here a lot recently actually. Just rode the trail twice as well. Time was definitely on my side today. Finally I returned home and hit the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail. I definitely felt it by the time I did the trail once. I powered through it a second time to reach 65 miles on the day.

 

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Atlantic County Bikeway, Monroe Township Bikeway, Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail.

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

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

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail
State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: 2.7 miles
Trail end points: Brown Ave. at Atlantic Ave. to Main St. at Glenloch Lake
Trail surfaces: Asphalt

 

April 17, 2016

Instagram Post: Today's #biking adventure took me to Delaware. I started off doing the #ChristinaRiverWalk for about 4 miles. I then went over to #FoxPointStatePark and rode the #RiverviewTrail for a little over 7 miles. Finally headed into #BellevueStatePark where I rode the #NorthernDelawareGreenwayTrail which at some points is part of the #EastCoastGreenway and also biked around #BellevueStatePark a bit for 22 miles. It was nice to see some different trails and actually the first time I rode in Delaware also. In all about 33 miles on the day. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #seagullcenturytraining #SeaGullCentury2016 #LLLR more pics and info on the blog.

The Ride: The Christina Riverwalk is short (1.3 miles) but pleasant pathway along the Christina River, between the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge and the end of S. Popular Street, just beyond Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park. The trail offers access to the Shipyard Shops and downtown Wilmington. It's nicely landscaped and passes through small parks where you can stop to sit on a bench along the river. Hare Pavilion overlooks the Christina River at the foot of Old West Street and is a nice gathering place. The Riverview Trail makes a loop through Fox Point State Park along the Delaware River in Wilmington. The trail circles an open field along the west bank of the river. The Northern Delaware Greenway Trail spans 10 miles of northern New Castle County from Bellevue State Park on the Delaware River to Brandywine Creek in Wilmington, Delaware’s largest city. The surface varies along the way from asphalt to crushed stone. At its western end, the urban trail connects with Wilmington’s waterfront path system, combining to link residential communities, schools, businesses, parks and cultural sites. Part of this trail is a portion of the East Coast Greenway which is 3,000 Miles from Maine to Florida. The East Coast Greenway is a developing trail system, linking many of the major cities of the Eastern Seaboard between Canada and Key West. Over 30 percent of the route is already on traffic-free greenways, creating safe, accessible routes for people of all ages and abilities. The ECG fosters healthy lifestyles, empowers sustainable transportation, and promotes tourism.

Today was a good day. I went out to the Atlantic County Bikeway because I haven't been there since last season. Also with the new bike, I wanted to see how it would handle. There is this one stretch of a straight away where I got up to 25+ mph. Better equipment made the difference. I then decided to ride this trail twice (since I drove down to it). On the way home, I stopped off at the Monroe Township Bikeway. I've been here a lot recently actually. Just rode the trail twice as well. Time was definitely on my side today. Finally I returned home and hit the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail. I definitely felt it by the time I did the trail once. I powered through it a second time to reach 65 miles on the day.

 

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Christina Riverwalk, Riverview Trail,
Northern Delaware Greenway Trail, East Coast Greenway

Christina Riverwalk
State(s): Delaware
Counties: New Castle
Length: 1.3 miles
Trail end points: S. Poplar St. to Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge
Trail surfaces: Concrete

Riverview Trail
State(s): Delaware
Counties: New Castle
Length: 1.4 miles
Trail end points: Lighthouse Road to Fox Point State Park (Wilmington)
Trail surfaces: Concrete

Northern Delaware Greenway Trail
State(s): Delaware
Counties: New Castle
Length: 10.4 miles
Trail end points: N. Market St. and Glen Ave. at Brandywine Creek (Wilmington) to US 13 at Stoney Creek and the Delaware River (Bellefonte)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

 

 

April 18, 2016

Instagram Post: I had two big rides on Friday & Sunday so with the beautiful weather today I decided a short ride after work, just to get the blood pumping a bit. That turned into 21 miles. Local track #gloucestertownshiphealthandwellnesstrail & its surrounding neighborhoods. Also I broke out the #pedometer for the first time in weeks. Walked 5500 steps at work today. Good day overall #biking #seagullcenturytraining #SeaGullCentury2016 #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #LLLR

The Ride: 21 miles covering the Gloucester Township Health and Wellness Trail with surrounding neighborhoods. I did feel tired but I felt a sense of accomplishment as well. These longer rides followed by shorter ones is becoming my training norm. Its important to get back on the horse and keep building on the momentum of previous rides. The temperature and conditions were fine. No new neighborhoods explored. It was simply a good ride.

 

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail. Hilltop, Lakeview Appartments, Blenheim, GTWP Midget Football, Downtown Blackwood, Railroad Crossings, Kiwanis Little League, Liberty Park, Lakland Terrace, Grenloch Park manor.

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail
State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: 2.7 miles
Trail end points: Brown Ave. at Atlantic Ave. to Main St. at Glenloch Lake
Trail surfaces: Asphalt

 

April 21, 2016

Instagram Post: (1)It's really nice outside right now. Something about the moonlight & peaceful ambiance when in conjunction with #biking a serenity that I really find peaceful. I may just have to go hit the neighborhoods real quick tonight. #MidnightMadness (2) So I did it. #MidnightMadness #biking #PinkMoon felt drawn to it. Very peaceful out there tonight. Put on the iPod, listened to #Prince #PurpleRain and biked around the adjacent neighborhood for 6.5 miles. Seemed appropriate. It was a beautiful night and peaceful ride #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #seagullcenturytraining #SeaGullCentury2016 #LLLR

The Ride: The Pink Moon inspired me to ride. I listened to 'Purple Rain' as a tribute to Prince. I really enjoy these moonlight biking adventures. Its very peaceful out there when you know nobody else is around. Very quiet. Just cruised through Blackwood Estates. Not much to the ride, just wanted to be out there.

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Blackwood Estates and Grenloch Park Manor.

 

April 22, 2016

Instagram Post: Spent the whole day #biking in PA. New personal best 72 MILES!! Wow. Feels great. A lot more on this soon. Needed to share this epicness with you all Mostly on the #PerkiomenTrail #SkippackTrail #SchuylkillRiverTrail #AudubonLoop #GreenLanePark #EvansburgStatePark and more. #seagullcenturytraining #SeaGullCentury2016 #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #LLLR

The Ride: Parked at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park because it is the melting pot of a lot of the things I wanted to accomplish on the day. I rode the Perkiomen Trail straight to the end point at Green Lane Park. I did veer off the trail to explore Foy Park and the William Rahmer Memorial Park. On the return trip, I took the Skippack Trail out to Evansburg State Park. Right on through to Skippack Golf Club. On the return trip, I went over to Palmer Park and biked around the complex a few times. Completing the Skippack Trail, it dumps you back onto the Perkiomen Trail. I finished this trail back to my starting point. From here I proceeded through the park and picked up the Schuylkill River Trail. I rode down to the Pawlings Road Trailhead. I turned around and headed back. At the point where the Perkiomen and Schuylkill River trails meet, I veered left staying on the Schulykill (towards Valley Forge) and connected with the Audubon Loop Trail. The Loop ends back at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park. I biked through here for a bit until I hit the 72 mile mark. A new personal best.

 

Perkiomen Trail
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.

Skippack Trail
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

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

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

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Perkiomen Trail, Skippackpack Trail, Audubon Loop, Schuylkill River Trail, Evansburg State Park, Green Lake Park, Palmer Park, Foy Park, William Rahmer Memorial Park.

 

April 24, 2016

Instagram Post: Today's #Biking adventure was 16+ miles. I biked at to my best friends house then biked around his neighborhood with his son for a bit. That was nice. I then came home. In between I biked through areas of #GlocesterTownship that I hadn't before so this was exciting. Always like exploring new roads. Locals you'll appreciate that today's journey took me past #Villari's I also went past #TimberCreekHighSchool Biked on a couple major roads with no issues. Also biked through the circles around #CamdenCountyCollege & the #GloucesterPremiumOutlets Just followed the rules of the road and it was fine. Not a bad day riding. I also mowed the lawn. My pedometer was not functioning properly so I don't know how many steps but exercise none the less #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #SeaGullCentury2016 #seagullcenturytraining #LLLR

The Ride: I started out biking through the premium outlets. This took me to Camden County College and then onto Hickstown Road. Took this to Kearsley Road and made a right. My friends neighborhood (Forest Ridge) is off of Blue Spruce Drive. I biked around this neighborhood for a while then began the journey home. I decided to take Jarvis Road. This took me past Timber Creek High School on the way to Sicklerville Road. Making a right on Sicklerville Road, I passed Stonebridge Run (I used to own a townhouse in this community) and Villari's Lakeside (the locals will appreciate this). Made a right onto Garwood Road, a left onto Peter Cheeseman Road and that brought me back to Camden County College. Traced my path back through the Outlets and home. Saw new things on this short ride. A win!

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Forest Ridge, Gloucester Premium Outlets, Stonebridge Run, Camden County College, Timber Creek High School

 

April 25, 2016

Instagram Post: After work #Biking activity was 15 miles around the surrounding neighborhoods. One of those get out for a little is better than not at all kinda things. Beautiful night. Still doing it! #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #seagullcenturytraining #SeaGullCentury2016 #LLLR

The Ride: A quick ride through Blackwood Estates and Highland High School with adjoining neighboorhoods. Just something to move the blood. Big ride planned for tomorrow,

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Blackwood Estates, Highland Regional High School, Chestnut Glen, Highland Park, Highland Village, Brooklyn Court, Grenloch Park Manor

 

April 27, 2016

Instagram Post: Back in my #HappyPlace #SU Board meeting tonight so today I did some #Biking around campus, Salisbury & Fruitland. 50 miles on an overcast day with moderate wind and a sprinkle of rain here and there but not to bad. Went by the new #SeaGullStadium looks awesome. The #AcademicCommons is coming along as well. It's always a good day to be back in the 'bury Looking forward to #SeaGullCentury2016 more than ever now. #seagullcenturytraining #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #LLLR @sualumni @suseagulls

The Ride: Started and ended at Salisbury University. In between I biked through downtown Salisbury and the town of Fruitland. Fruitland is great because there is a lot of long, desolate, flat roads. Fruitland is bad because its a lot of long, desolate, flat roads. There is nobody around. I had my bike up to over 35 miles an hour. I admittedly must say I could have gone faster but I was a little scared. The campus is coming along. Took a few pictures of the new Stadium. If you would like to see pictures of the rest of the campus, look at the post from September 16, 2015.

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Salisbury University, Salisbury, Fruitland

 

April Final Stats

Recap: Somehow, I rode less (a lot less days) in April then in March. I did however bike more miles. In training for a long distance ride, this is a natural progression. As we get into the summer months, I intend to bike more days with one long ride a week and shorter workouts the other days. I also need to get back in the pool more often. At leats once a week.

I really am enjoying the new bike a lot. Its a definite upgrade. April also allowed me to explore new trails in Delaware and Maryland. I am going to explore new trails on days off moving forward.