I noticed that my favorite winery was very close to the Schuylkill River Trail so I decided to see if I could get a group together to cycle to it. I called it the Wine & Wheels bike ride, and although the trip was spur of the moment I had 8 people interested in joining in. I picked the Brentwood trailhead which was a little over 3 miles away from Ridgewood Winery and told everyone to meet there. Due to various reasons everyone dropped out except my friend Tracy. We decided to go a little earlier because rain was expected in the late afternoon. We also decided to meet at a spot further up the trail to make our ride a little longer – the day was so gorgeous that it was an easy decision to cycle the whole way there!
It has been a long time since I have hiked or cycled the Stony Valley Rail Trail. My friend, Laura, was the one who first showed me this trail and we explored various sections – especially the abandoned town of Rausch Gap. The Appalachian Trail also goes through this area so there are miles of hiking and cycling that can be done. I have been looking for new places to take my nephew bike camping so Kevin and I grabbed our bikes one sunny day and headed out to see if there were any campsites near the trail that we could get to with our bikes.
I think I first heard of the One Day Hike from reading other blogs. It is a non-competitive hike that is held every year. People start at about 3 AM in Washington DC and hike up the C&O Canal ending just past Harpers Ferry, WV. They have until midnight to complete their hike. There is also a 30 mile option. I wasn’t feeling adventurous enough to try either of those yet, so I saw they needed bike patrol volunteers. This is something I wanted to try for a long time. I often see cyclists at races, biking the course with runners. Honestly, half the time that I am doing a race I am wishing for my bike anyway – so this seems like a pretty good compromise! I contacted Frank, the coordinator, and requested a shift.
Getting into the Cherry Blossom 10 miler in DC isn’t easy – you have to put your name into a lottery because there are so many people that want to do the run and then names are randomly selected. I tried to get in last year, but wasn’t picked so I was very excited when I got the email a few months ago that I would be running this year. The cherry blossoms were supposed to be in peak bloom for the run – something that I don’t think has happened the last few years, and the weather was supposed to be chilly but sunny. So why did I drop down to the 5k?
I was able to complete the Errandonnee 2018 challenge this year! Basically you need to complete 12 errands by bike from 7 different categories – while cycling a minimum of 30 miles. You have 12 days in March to complete this challenge – so of course I procrastinated and did it in 2 days!
After the Phillies 5k, Kevin dropped me off at the Philly Convention Center so I could get my packet for the Philly Love Run – another race that I was supposed to do last year, but couldn’t because of my heel injury. I never realized how large the convention center was and had to wander around until I figured out where I was supposed to go. There was not a lot of people so I was able to get my packet fairly quickly – you also get a really nice tech shirt (which if you are ordering the women’s size – keep in mind they run very small) and a mug. I wandered around the rest of the expo, but there is never anything I need/want so I headed to my hotel for the night.
I really wanted to find the famous LOVE statue and noticed that my walk should take me right by it. I did have some trouble spotting it at first, but finally found it in a far corner of Love Park. I was really surprised at how small the statue was. For some reason I thought it was taller than the average person standing next to it…and while it was TALLER, it was raised up on a pedestal so people could stand under it and a lot smaller than I imagined. There was also a huge line that I didn’t feel like waiting in so I just strategically took photos which cropped the people out.
I was FINALLY able to complete the Phillies Charities 5K this year (after not being able to do it last year due to my heel issues). I was so excited to be around thousands of other Phillies fans and MOST excited to be able to walk a lap around the warning track and look up into the stands…