Sunday, August 24, 2014
Yesterday I rode 31 miles on the bike trail between Cornwall, PA to Elizabeth, PA and back. A total of 31 miles. How do I feel? Well, let just say that I feel the ride in my upper arms as I type this blog -- BUT it's a "good" sore.
We were going to go to Port Providence, PA (closer to Philly, PA) where the bike trail is paved. Paved trails are MUCH easier than the cinder ash trails. We decided not to head SE when we looked at the radar. It had rained where we went but we didn't get a drop of rain while we were out riding (a total of 185 minutes - 3:05 hr). I was so proud of myself. I got a bit "whinny" during the last 2.7 miles, which were all up hill. but I finished strong and felt great. I immediately fixed a hot bath and soaked in it for a while when we got home.
Some of you may be asking "WHY so many miles?!" Well, last year, before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, DH and I had planned to do the bike trail at in Wellsboro, PA (also known as the Grand Canyon of PA) which is 62 miles long. Unlike yesterday which involved riding up and down a mountain, this path is flat......VERY flat. This is good because my hamstrings and quads will not be streaming as they were yesterday. The bad part about this ride is that there is no down time. We will be constantly pedaling. We plan to get lunch items at the beginning and then ride about 30 miles before we stop for lunch. There will be one more stop for dinner at a great place close to the end of the trail. We are estimating the entire ride to take eight hours with the two 1-hour stops to eat. I am excited about this ride. It is a goal I can get done. An item on the bucket list that will be marked off this year! OH YEAH! WOO HOO!