Biking it old school

A few months ago I bought a bike as a birthday gift to myself — mind you, my birthday was months away, but it seemed like a good excuse after talking about it for two years. I finally had a chance to take it out last week for a ride on one of  the trails along the river banks of Pittsburgh. The rails-to-trails system is perfect if you’re a recreational biker like me – i.e., I like the wind in my face and getting exercise outdoors without having to master big hills (or any hills) or road traffic. It doesn’t hurt that the trail we often ride after work conveniently goes by a bunch of restaurants for a little dinner-time stop off.

Yes, I realize the irony of stopping at a place called The Cheesecake Factory where the smallest-sized portions are the size of, say, a bike.

Anyway,  I just love my new Schwinn — it’s kind of old-school with new features, comfortable and fun to ride. The weather is gorgeous here today and we might head north for a ride after work at a nearby state park. Someday we’d like to take a whole week and bike along the Great Allegheny Passage, which runs from Western PA to Washington, DC. First, I need to build up some stamina…and I might require at least one Cheesecake Factory along the way.

 Schwinn Voyager 2 Step-Thru


3 thoughts on “Biking it old school

  1. T says:

    I have a friend who has done the rails-to-trails system up there. I think the Pittsburgh one goes to Wash, DC? Anyway, glad to see you enjoying some cycling. Feels good to the body and soul.

  2. Hi, T! Thanks for your comment. Yes, the Pgh route does go all the way to DC:

    “The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) rail-trail offers 150 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland, MD, and Pittsburgh, PA. In Cumberland, the GAP joins the C&O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous 335 mile long trail experience to Washington, DC.”

    Joe has wanted to do this for years — and he’s certainly capable. Me? This is a WHOLE LOT of biking to even write about, let alone do, but I’ve read and heard it’s a great way to see the state, plus some neat stops along the way (B&Bs, antiquing, etc.) Sidenote: My use of descriptors like “great” and “neat” and “antiquing” only points further to my old school status. Not to mention the idea of buying antiques while riding a bike being about as rational as the idea of burning calories on a bike and then eating cheesecake! At any rate, I’m going to add the ride to my bucket list.

    PS. I could never keep up with a skilled cyclist like you, but someday when you want a relaxing ride we can go!

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