One reason to brave the cold for a few more miles is the view at the end. Biking 20 miles from Philly had our fingers and toes cold, but the scene at Valley Forge National Park was serene and pure autumn. I wish we had time to explore more of the park, but the rain was starting and we had the same distance to cover to get back before dark. I’m glad we chose to keep pedaling when we felt like stopping. It felt good to get where we had planned to and with such a nice view for our rest, we almost didn’t notice the temperature.
While biking on the Schuylkill River Trail from Philadelphia to Valley Forge, there were a lot of beautiful areas. The trail begins near downtown Philadelphia, passing by the amazing Philadelphia Museum of Art before heading into quirky Manayunk. Once you get off the part of the trail that is shared by Main Street you are treated to a boardwalk along the canal that leads to a surprisingly quiet wooded area. This mix of city and nature is abundant along this trail as it weaves in and out of populated areas. I really enjoyed the dichotomy of the trail and in this image.
The beauty of exploring places unknown is that you stumble upon things you may have never expected. Looking for the positive in everything really helps open up possibilities and saying yes can bring so many new experiences into your life. In this case, a bicycle ride on a very cold day took us 40 miles round trip between downtown Philadelphia and Valley Forge National Park on the Schuylkill River Trail. I couldn’t help but want to stop and do an impromptu photo shoot when I saw these hearts painted on the ground. It was just my luck that I had a beautiful model in tow who doesn’t mind lying on the cold ground and taking her hair down!
Sometimes when you can’t physically leave your town you have to find another way to get out. Luckily I have a bike, and New Jersey does have some beautiful sunsets when you find an open area. It so happens that southern New Jersey is pretty flat so you normally don’t have to go too far. I live near an airport, so I took my bike out for a nice 15-mile ride around the open areas for views of this gorgeous sky on a beautiful spring night.
The ride was a nice escape along with the photo op. I look forward to documenting the things I love about the northeast before I abscond for an indefinite period of time. The hardest part about biking around here is finding a place without traffic. It takes some of the fun out of riding when I’m always hoping that driver behind me can see me or isn’t texting and drifting off on to the shoulder of the road. Be careful out there, kids.
P.S. The watermark on the photos is mine, of course. You can see my photography work at www.dmphotographics.com if you are so inclined.