I met a friend at Valley Green Inn on Sunday morning with the intent to get some miles in and climb some hills, in preparation for a much longer and more difficult trip. From Wissahickon Park in Philadelphia, we rode the Schuylkill River Trial (SRT) through Valley Forge and out to Phoenixville. We meandered through the streets of downtown Phoenixville, stopping for coffee, before we hit the the road portion of the ride.
The ride from Phoenixville to St. Pete’s was absolutely beautiful. Endless countryside, longhorn cattle ranches, horse farms, meadows of wildflowers, and even a bio-dynamic dairy farm!
St. Peter’s Village is a tiny little town that sits on French Creek, and abuts French Creek State Park. It’s a popular tourist spot because of the large black granite boulders and it’s historical and industrial significance. It’s a sleepy-dreamy kind of town. We had lunch at The Inn at St. Peter’s Village and then stopped by the Bakery for more coffee and a brownie for later.
We biked a short distance to the Horseshoe trail, which runs through St. Petes and French Creek state park. These trails were too difficult for me to ride, so I ended up carrying by bike. The Horseshoe trail is a long distance trail that runs 140 miles from the AT in Harrisburg to Valley Forge. Pretty neat!
Read more about the history of the Horseshoe trail here: http://hstrail.org/
From there we biked back towards Phoenixville, and I caught a ride back to Philly. The ride from Philly to St. Petes, and St. Petes to Phoenixville, was about 5.5 hours in the saddle and approximately 65 miles. I carried only the essentials with me on my ride: pump, extra tube, levers, energy bars, water and chap stick.