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Great place to ride: Pennypack Park, Philadelphia, PA

2011-09-19 by . 0 comments

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I found I had an unexpectedly free weekend, so decided on a short weekend tour. Why not, yes? I had the time and the bike and the desire for it. My route would take me through Pennypack Park on the way out of Philadelphia.

The Pennypack Park path is paved, and is quite twisty and hilly. Since the first day of the tour was characterized by rain, I had to take it easy when rounding corners. The rain became more than an annoyance perhaps a mile after entering the park, so I took shelter under the Bensalem Avenue Bridge.

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While waiting, I reviewed my directions yet to come. I didn’t have long until I got to Tyler State Park and the hostel there. I had no idea at the time that the rain later that day would be so poundingly, painfully thick that I’d accept the offer of a ride for the last few miles.

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The park is quite beautiful. I would probably be using the modifier breathtakingly if I had seen it in the rain. Pennypack Park is only a few miles in length, but it’s well worth the trip.

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This guy rode his bike to the park with his fishing pole. He clearly wanted to be left alone, so I did.

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The park has nearly ten miles of path, but I left the trail at Lorimer Park, a mile or so before the end. This is a good place to park if you’re going to drive here.

Pennypack Park is a great place for a day’s ride. You’ll use your hill-climbing gears here, but the hills are all short sprints. This’d be a challenge for kids or new bikers, or a fun diversion for seasoned cyclists.

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