Camping was a lot of fun, and I was up at 6 to start packing everything back up. I did get up at 5 but it was still dark and I decided to have a lie in. It took an hour to dry the tent (it was spitting during the night) and pack everything away. I was back on the trail at 7.
Like I said before cycling the trail is pretty nice but the downside is that it’s pretty dusty. I thought my legs were already tanned until I wiped them and they returned to their pasty white complexion. I couldn’t wait for a shower, but I had another 30 miles till I hit the town of Trenton. Once I found Trenton it was 12 noon and it was time to figure out where I was staying tonight.
I found a library where Maureen the lovely librarian was explaining how another guy from Manchester was always at the library a few years back and telling me how what I was doing was really inspirational. I am actually overwhelmed with the amount of support and encouragement which the American people have shown me, it’s really humbling.
Anyway, back to the library. I remembered the warmshowers website which I got told about in NY and signed myself up to it. I picked a location in Philadelphia and emailed a few people who all got back to me within 30 minutes which was awesome. I picked a place to stay, printed out my directions (my hillbilly GPS) and tried to make it out of Trenton.
Had a major problem getting out of town though. I spent an hour going around in circles trying to find the start of the cycle trail. It turns out that the start is completely hidden behind a hotel and not signposted at all. I managed to get a whole 10 minutes down the path until some inconsiderate twonk put a mound and a railway across it. It was at that point I read that the pathway was closed for all use. I decided to go around which took me right next to a high-speed track, but it was the only way around. I got back on the path and the rest of the ride was OK from a directional point of view.
The ride started getting tough though. My ass isn’t in the best shape and I’m pretty saddlesore, and that’s with lots of vaseline! As a result I’m finding that I’m standing up a lot to ride which isn’t ideal. From what I’ve read standing up puts more strain on the wheels and spokes so it will only be a matter of time before I break a few spokes.
I made it into Philly, thanks mainly to The Prodigy for getting me the last 10 miles. I got to the door of Bryan and Steph at 20:45. They couldn’t have been more welcoming, friendly and awesome. Priorities were in order and I felt honoured to drink their last bottle of local beer, brewed 2 blocks down. I got shown to the bedroom and bathroom and proceeded to have the most satisfying shower ever.
Bryan and Steph then kindly fed me some delicious pasta, and I don’t eat olives but these were beautiful in the pasta. After talking for around an hour it was time for bed. A double bed, an overhead fan and show cushions!- what luxury compared to last night.