Hello all... Saturday looks to be a scorcher, but I've mapped out a nice 40 mile route that should expose the non-Philly folks to the best place to ride.
We are going to meet near the Temple/St. Joe's boathouses, which has free parking... then head upriver to the head of the Wisahickon trail and ride just a few miles on that (also because it is shaded... and to give folks an idea of how to get to the Forbidden Drive trail, which one can take all the way up to Flourtown and then back through Germantown)... then when back on the SRT, upriver again to the mysterious Pencoyd Bridge and into the West Laurel Hill Cemetery to the Bala Cynwyd Heritage Trail head... then back down the BCHT (exploring a spur of that) to Manayunk onto the SRT again and upriver to the Conshy Brewing Company for battery recharge/bladder discharge/beer/rehydration/food/etc. That should be at about the 20 mile mark.
Then when core body temperatures have dropped back below 145F we can head downriver on the SRT (where we will all remember to ride *very courteously* so the pedestrians and bicyclists don't have us EUCers thrown off the SRT) all the way past our initial parking spot, and boathouse row, and the Art Museum and all the way to the end across the river from Penn's Campus... then back across the river to UPenn... zip west and then u-turn to come down the famous Locust Walk on Penn's campus. Maybe a quick loop through their park/athletic area near Franklin Field... then across the river and over to South Street east to maybe 5th street so we can do a run by Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Constitution Center... and keep heading north to Spring Garden where we'll hang a louey to head West again back down to the Art Museum.. maybe jump over past the Rodin Museum... past the (very popular but highly inappropriate) Rocky statue at the Art Museum... then back to the SRT and then to our vehicles.
This is the Komoot Map.
Alas my wife has made dinner plans, so I can't join y'all for dinner and a night ride.
The map is "aspirational" in that this is my first effort with Komoot. We should run pretty close to the route I have mapped, but maybe we will deviate a bit for game day decisions. If anybody has any question/problems, please hit me up here or on my cell 610.570.8652.
I would like to comment again that strictly speaking, while there are TONS of great trails in the Philadelphia area (Chester Valley, Valley Forge Park, Perkiomen, Wisahickon, SRT, etc.) many of them have "no motorized vehicles" rules. In friendly chats with the folks who police the trails, most of them encourage responsible electric vehicle riders. The Chester Valley trail guys are trying to get traffic off 202 and took Federal dollars to do so, thus they are VERY happy to see EUC on their trail because it is one less car on the road, even though the trail is well marked for no motorized vehicles. Way up the SRT, I had some official ask if my EUC was electric, I said "YES", he smiled and was on his way. The Perkiomen Trail rules say you need a medical note to ride an electric vehicle. But none of these "no motors" rules are enforced against EUCs in the Philadelphia area at present. That is because we EUC-ers here all SMILE and WAVE and are NICE to people. No doubt this is the legacy of William Penn permeating the area (except at professional sporting events, during which we are the meanest people on the planet).
In NYC the bicycle-nazis seem to dislike all EUCers and complain about them and try to get them banned from "their" bicycle paths. Here in Philadelphia, only one bicyclist has ever made a negative comment to me "NO MOTORS!"... he was probably from NYC :-).
PLEASE help us keep Philadelphia an EUC friendly region on our ride on Saturday and elsewhere by keeping speeds reasonable, always yielding to pedestrians and bicyclists, and in general being the friendly good folks that you already are. William Penn would expect no less... and maybe for the evening ride y'all can swing by Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware. :-)