bikeMAMAdelphia: parenting via pedaling in philadelphia
Monday, October 7, 2013
Forbidden Drive on the Arrow & Halsted
Any of you other parents watch Thomas the Tank Engine? My son is pretty obsessed so we have seen the Adventure to Misty Island episode a couple of times. There is a part where they go over the "Shake Shake Bridge". Yeah that bridge pretty much sums up riding on Forbidden Drive here in Philly with cargo bikes. My husband's birthday was on Saturday so we decided to take the very unseasonably warm October day and ride the Wissahickon trails by our home. We walk it (and biked parts on our smaller bikes) but I had been putting off biking with our cargo bikes. I knew it was possible to do the trail on them as two other Philly bakfiets owners have done them, but it made me no less nervous and exhausted thinking about it. Initially the trail is paved with a series of quick ups and downs. Then over two bridges (that freak me out on my light road bike let alone cargo) and finally the main part you ride (up hill the whole time) is on gravel trails. My battery wasn't very charged and I didn't find the power useful on gravel so I rode without it on. Riding the trail was very freeing. There was no quick starts and stops like in city traffic, it is also very wide for walkers, animals and bikes. The views are drop dead gorgeous and I almost forgot I was actually still in Philadelphia like the river was a bit smelly to remind me.The bike handled gravel okay. The big gravel was a bit scary as my bike felt as if it was sinking in like biking in sand. Smaller gravel wasn't bad and I didn't kick up any. I totally rolled through some horse poop. Gross. The bridges were less then desirable smaller bikes alone make the wood bend and flex. My big bike. Yikes I felt the shake, shake. Over all the total ride was 8.6 miles. Plus another 4 Misc. miles from morning soccer and some late lunch. It was a lovely day to ride.