Last weekend, Piercen, myself, and our friend Tricia participated in the Sowing Seeds Charity Bike Ride. The ride raises money for The Seed Farm and passes along several of the preserved farms that have booths at our local farmers markets. We had chosen to do the 20-mile ride, and since it started at 9:30am, we figured we'd get back in time before Hurricane Irene made her grand entrance into eastern PA. Due to an unfortunate health incident, we were only about to complete about 1/2 of the ride, but we met some extremely nice people along the way (big thanks to the folks who let us shelter in their barn from the rain that started early while waiting for assistance, offered us beer at 11am in the morning, and proceeded to give us detailed info about their gun collection) and it was great to participate in such a good cause.
This past Labor Day weekend, Piercen and I decided to go back and make the full ride. While twenty miles is nothing when it comes to road biking, this ride in its entirety was a beast. Those last 10 ten miles were all hills--steep and long hills. I thought I was going to need knee replacement surgery right there on the side of the road. But we made it in the end and in surprisingly good time. The best thing about both rides is that it got us away from our city lives and into the country if only for a little while. I often forget how beautiful eastern Pennsylvania is; drive just ten minutes outside of Bethlehem and you're surrounded by rolling hills, idyllic farmland, and Pennsylvania-Dutch hex signs. Once the aches in our bones have subsided, we'll get out on the bikes again to take advantage of the warm weather before it gives way to a cold and rainy autumn. I think I have a map for the 40-mile ride in this area.