Winter Saturdays where the mercury hits 60+ with sun and rideable trails are almost like an overture from nature to put aside other activities or obligations and break out the bike for a good, long, leg-burning ride. Today was that kind of day.
I had been PMed on the MTBNJ to meet up with Brain and his brother Pat from NJ for a ride at Wissahickon. hey had never been there before and were hoping to have a guide along to prevent their having to figure out all the turns on their own. So I met up with them at the Inn around noon or so and we headed out for a loop.
|Brian (left) and Pat at the overlook above Lincoln Drive - these guys can ride!|
Those NJ guys could ride and we had a blast doing a figure-8 lap heading counter-clockwise on the southern section and clockwise toward Bell's Mill. I have to admit it's been pretty fun showing fellow riders our local stomping grounds over the last month or so, and it's given me a new appreciation for the Wissahickon Valley and all it offers. And in this particular instance, it turns out that the guys I was riding with grew up very close to me and we even went to the same elementary school (until I transferred) and then the same high school! Small world!
At any rate, even after we'd finished the loop, Brian and Pat had to hit the road to get to a family function, but I wasn't ready to quit so I headed back out for another 8 or so miles. when you have a day like today, it's hard to see it end, and as tired as my legs were after a full week of actual training (as opposed to just riding), I decided I wanted to enjoy every second I had on the trail.
A few shots from a near-perfect day in the Wissahickon Valley ...
|There were tons of people all over the park today - on the trails and on Forbidden Drive.|
|These folks got lucky for a January wedding!|
|As the shadows fell, the temps still hovered around 60 and the trails still beckoned!|
|But despite the 60 degree temps, there'd been enough cold weather this week to make some pretty large ice blocks ...|
|... And a few hearty ice flows still clung to rocks along Forbidden Drive|
|Tired legs - a reasonable price for a spring day in January!|
|A near-perfect day!|