Saturday was a day of riding at Wissahickon in PA. We drove to Deborah’s house and began our adventure from there. With Deborah leading the way and her husband Damon accompanying us, we were off. Deb is super lucky to be able to just hop on her bike and be in the woods a moment later, no packing up and traveling to ride an awesome place has to be great!
We were all excited for decent temps and to sport our new kits. Once we were in the woods life was good!! It had been too long since we were out and this was a much needed day for us. Teresa, Beth, and I followed Deborah through the trails with Jeff and Damon in the back as we started out. It was great to ride Deborah’s wheel a bit as she knows the trails so well and tackles the rocks like a champ. It’s nice to have someone give you feedback of the terrain you are about to encounter and then prep mentally to do it.
After coming up a rock garden we regrouped a bit and all of a sudden Teresa saw a donkey just hanging out near the trail. We obviously had to go check it out. The owners were super nice and allowed us to get a picture with Smokey the Donkey and pet him before leaving. Fun fact—he is 13 and they can live up to 40 years.
We continued on our ride, each of us had some moments of awesomeness and that really helped drive our excitement and boost our confidence a bit. As we were cruising the trails we made a turn and to my surprise it took us onto a huge cement pipe that drops on each side and devastation/disaster if you make a silly mistake. There is a moment of telling yourself to just look straight and pedal. Once across you are like “YEA!”, it’s really not technical at all just a mind mess but still a cool check off the list of new stuff.
Since we haven’t had the best weather as of late it felt good to be outside and have fun with awesome friends. The trails were hopping with lots of people taking advantage of the beautiful day. There were families of hiker, bikers, runner, and pups…lots of people. We made our way through a nice loop and back to Deborah’s, got cleaned up and walked to The Market for a tasty lunch to cap off our day before heading back to NJ.