|A little older, but still goofy!! Standing in front of Eastern State Penitentiary.|
|Mean streets of Philly don't look so menacing.|
|It's a mandatory stop when in town.|
|Well signed system.|
|We started right near the middle of the map, where the green & blue come together at the 'P'.|
|Lots of smiles early on, still dry too!|
|Taking a break on the Hydro Loop.|
|Not sure about the 'Most Difficult' designation, but it sure was fast & fun!!|
|The El Mariachi back at the top of Hydro.|
|Still chugging along.|
|This was the trail surface for the day.|
|Came across a 5' Eastern Rat Snake crossing the trail.|
|Only a few puddles here & there.|
|Nice woodwork too.|
|Posing with the rental steed.|
|Landspeeder fun on Ray's Revenge!! Woohoo!!|
|Picked up a tag along rider.|
|How can you not ride fast here?|
|Up I go, short, but the steepest climb of the day.|
|13 miles in.|
|Carving some turns.|
The rental shop was open until 6p, so I bolted for a quick OnB to the next trailhead, about 2 miles away. Shortly after leaving the trailhead I found something so foreign to the rest of the system: techy rocks!!
|It took over 25 miles to find some of this.|
|My turnaround point.|
As you can tell by the photos, the weather held up just fine. No threat of rain the entire day, simply perfect.
I'll definitely make the 3 hour trek out to Raystown Lake to ride again. I can't recommend this place enough. It was such a fun system of trails that flowed and flowed some more. Granted, if you're looking for a technical challenge, this isn't the place, but there are plenty of trails north of here reportedly filled with rocks. I told Brant I'd love to come back and put together a Raystown 100, he just shook his head. But really, it would be a blast - do the route I did (29 miles) plus the one loop I missed puts a 'lap' at nearly 35 miles. Repeat 3 times!!
I only had two things left to do before heading back to the desert. Have breakfast with my Mom and do some beer shopping!!
|I thought I did pretty good on my beer haul.|
|Adios Allentown, until next time.|
The next flight proceeded to go on a 1 1/2 hour maintenance delay before boarding and to my surprise my name was called almost immediately. Boom! Seat 4A and for a second I thought I may have snagged a first class upgrade, but no, bulkhead instead. The crew made a couple of announcements for people to take their assigned seat so we could get going. Apparently some lady behind us had an issue with her seat location and couldn't wait until after takeoff to relocate. So what did she do instead? Locked herself in the lavatory!! 10 minutes later a few of Philly's finest escorted her off the plane, not a wise relocation effort.
Here's another pro-travel tip: Upon landing, do not, get out of your seat while the plane taxis to the gate to retrieve overhead items!! This will make the crew cranky and yes this too happened on this flight!! C'mon people.
Let's get back to the riding stoke. Cheers!!