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I did a nice ride yesterday afternoon.

At the place where I would normally head north on the perk trail toward egypt road, I headed south toward phoenixville.

The last time I did this, the trail was mostly gravel. Yesterday, I rode it all the way down to port providence on nice paved path.

When did that happen? I admit, I hadn't gone down that way for years, always expecting it to be gravel.

Wow.
 

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Well, finally had a chance to check out the newly open Sullivan's Bridge to Valley Forge.

It's pretty nice. It was really crowded but it was Labor Day.

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Nice. So how are the roads over in VF national park? A few years ago, the parks dept were trying to get many of the roads closed to all traffic except tour buses.
 

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Hey SRT fans... been a long time since I posted here.

I have a rant...

I was out today and saw 3 or 4 groups of people with toddlers (2 or 3 years old) on toy bikes (bike shaped toys) on the SRT. The parents are on road bikes, weaving and trying to go slower than the toddlers on toys. The toddlers on toys are all over the place, and don't respond to anything... bells, calling out, etc.

I'm not the kind of rider who blasts by people. I have no problem slowing down to a crawl, no matter how fast I was going.

And I'm a dad who raised a son, and kept him on the child seat when he was a toddler, and later the Burley Piccolo when he was too young to be on his own bike.

I don't mind people going slow, walking, jogging, riding two abreast not paying attention to the surroundings, people with baby strollers.

But toddlers on riding toys? Come on. I feel sorry for the toddlers, and the parents who are trying to herd them along, while riding adult bikes and trying to stay balanced at slower than walking speed.

I think there should be signs when you enter the SRT saying that riding toys and tiny bikes with training wheels are not allowed.

End of rant.

Sorry.
 

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Top o' the mornin' to ya, SRT fans.

I just read this announcement of a temporary trail closure in Norristown where they're doing the Lafayette Street work:

Montgomery County has announced that a portion of the Schuylkill River Trail is scheduled to be closed temporarily between Swede and Ford streets in Norristown beginning the evening of Sunday, May 6th.

The portion of the trail, just under a mile, is planned to be closed from 6:00 p.m. on May 6th through 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12th. There isn’t an official detour designated for the closure. Trail users can use local streets to find the route that is most convenient to them.

The closure is due to work being done to complete the Lafayette Street Extension Project. The viaduct that carries the existing trail will be demolished east of DeKalb Street to rebuild part of the trail in its new location. The full relocation of the trail will be completed by the end of the closure.

https://morethanthecurve.com/portio...rain-in-norristown-to-be-closed-temporarily/?

If you're heading west on the SRT, Ford Street is where the new Lafayette Street Extension work begins at its east end, and Swede Street, where the SRT reroute ends, is at the Norristown Transportation Center.


That's all I got. I didn't see any information about this on the official SRT website: https://www.montcopa.org/923/Schuylkill-River-Trail

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This type of conversation/thread should be in reverse dated order. So new replies and updates are first not last. Anyway to fix that?
I'm not sure if you're still around. But if you are, and for other SRT fans who are still around... your suggestion is good.

Here's how to do it.

When you're in the Mid-Atlantic sub-forum... Just select the radio button under "Order threads in..." (see the bottom of the following graphic captured from my browser) for "Ascending Order" unlike the way I have it for Descending Order.



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Hey SRT Fans! Today was my first time this year heading west from Conshohocken.

I have some great news! I'm happier SRT-wise than I have ever been.

1. The new SRT at the Lafayette Street to Norristown Transportation Center is great. Wider, smoother, and that annoying hill has been smoothed out.

2. Just west of the Norristown Trans Center, they have finally widened and paved over the SRT all the way out to where the wooded part near Betzwood begins.

3. The new paving includes covering up the awful bumpy stretch I used to refer to as The Corduroy Road.

4. Today was my first time over the new Betzwood Bridge. Awesome.

5. In Valley Forge Park, they put a crosswalk between the end of the new Betzwood Bridge and the park, across that deadly stretch of Route 23.

Note on that last part. Even when you push the button to cross, which activates flashing lights which supposedly requires car traffic on 23 to stop, a lot of people ignore it. Today, it took a while before cars actually stopped, and the idiots behind the cars that stopped started blowing their horns.

But hey, I'm a happy SRT'er!
 

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SRT repaving work going on beginning at Spring Mill train station at the eastern edge of the work. Not sure where the work ends on the western edge.

Sign says work is ongoing from 6/25 until 6/29.
 

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Hey SRT fans... I just did a ride from Conshohocken to Valley Forge.

The paving is done! It's great. Smooth, wide, and flat.

I haven't been out much this year. Busy at work.

If you haven't done an Out-n-Back from Philly or Conshy to Betzwood in a while, I highly recommend it.

 

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Say, it's pretty quiet in here.

I just got back from a conshy - valley forge out n back.

I can't say enough how much I appreciate the excellent paving job the county has done between conshy and valley forge.

Thanks!

That is all.
 

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Kind of a ghost town in here.

Any of you SRT fans out there in the cold, dark, damp winter conditions on the trail?

I've been toying with the idea of digging out my old cold weather gear (if it still fits!) and doing one of my usually-summertime out-n-backs, from conshy to audubon loop to conshy brewery for a nice post-ride porter.

Any brave souls want to join me?

I average 18 - 20 mph (but am willing to go slower for a buddy) and usually include a climb up the mill grove hill (but will totally forget about that for a non-climbing buddy).
 

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Any rider reports?

Looking to ride from conshy to audubon and phoenixville tomorrow. 6/1/19

Is there storm damage? Trees, branches down? Mudslides across the trail? Etc.

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My rider report, first ride out that way for 2019.

Good News!

They repaved the previously bumpy segment between the Mittal Steel Mill at the east end of the new surface... west to Ernest Station Road which is just a bit west of the Brad Fox Memorial.

It's smooth, wide, flat blacktop. A good job. It feels like they milled the surface to remove all the bumps and uneven parts before they laid down the new surface. It seems a bit wider too, but I might be imagining that. Much appreciated trail maintainers!


In other news: my nose was pretty stuffed up due to allergy. I don't always breathe through my mouth when I ride. But when I do, I inhale a bug. (I forgot about all the gnats and mayflies along the river at 4 PM this time of year.)

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I realize that I'm kind of talking to myself in here.

But man, what a beautiful day out the SRT from Conshy to the Audubon loop, up the Mill Grove Hill, and back.

Perfect weather. Headwind going out, tailwind coming home.

And here's the kicker: I didn't see one squirrel, crazy or otherwise. It must have been their day off. Usually this time of year, they're scampering toward my wheels no matter which way I swerve.
 

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SRT rider reports requested.

I haven't been out on the SRT between Conshy and Audubon since last September.

I've been avoiding it due to Covid-19, and all that jazz.

Have any of you ridden that section of the SRT lately? If so, what's it like? Are people including cyclists wearing masks? Social distancing, as much as possible, being done?

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Here's my first SRT rider report for 2020:

I rode from Conshohocken to Norristown and back today... only about 8 miles round trip. My normal ride is about 30 miles out to Audubon and/or Valley Forge National Park and back after a couple laps out there.


This was a look-see ride to get a sense of how many people are out there during this phase of the Covid-19 lock down... masks, distancing, etc. There had been complaints in local media about the SRT being overly crowded with adults and kids who would normally be at work and school... and most of them not wearing masks, distancing, etc.

I went out around 4:15 PM, weather was clear, 54% humidity, temperature 85-90 F, wind about 9 mph SSW.

I saw just a few people, most jogging or walking. One family with kids on bikes.


That's my report.

Next ride, I'm going to do my full 30 mile out-n-back, but at a time that the SRT is usually empty... late afternoon on a hot weekday, like today.


Stay tuned for more....
 
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