We traveled to Perkasie, PA this weekend with our bikes fully-loaded as a test to feel what it was like to bike with everything that we will be taking on the trip (see picture below). Despite the nearly 40 mile ride being entirely uphill, the ~40 degree temperature, and the fact that it poured rain the entire night, the trip was a success and an important learning experience.
|Taking a break on the Schuylkill River Trail (pronounced 'skoogle' by Philadelphians)|
Our hosts were a lovely couple who became friends with my grandfather in Ft. Myers, FL and own a farm in Perkasie, PA. We arrived, had dinner, set up our tent amidst a grove of apple trees, and drifted off to sleep to the soothing sound of raindrops hitting the roof of our tent.
The tent proved itself worthy as we awoke to a dry tent and dry gear; however, I realized I had forgotten one very important item -rainpants. It was still heavily raining, and the temperature was still in the 40s, so we made an executive decision. Rather than risk catching pneumonia on the trip home with only a week before our actual departure date of this Saturday (!!!!!), we decided to get a ride to a train station and load our bikes up for the return trip to Philadelphia. Call us lame, but I don't think that I'll be looking back on this decision and saying hindsight is 20/20.
Well that's all for now. We have a very busy few days ahead of us before our departure and want to let everyone know to keep checking the blog as we will be posting about how you can get your hands on our bicycler's guide to healthy, nutritious, and sustainable eating on the road.