Camp by Bike – French Creek

12 Aug

Saturday morning I woke up early and packed my panniers to get ready for an overnight cycle camping trip to French Creek State Park. I threw a rear rack on my cross rig using 4x P-clips and loaded her down. We assembled at the Art Museum with a 9:00 9:30am roll out. The route is pretty easy from the city… Take the SRT all the way out past Valley Forge, jump on the Perkiomen Trail to Phoenixville, then take 23 to St. Peters then into French Creek State Park. Its just under 50miles each way which makes it a pretty perfect day trip type of ride.

Strava Jawn / Directions

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Photo Cred: Andrew

 

 

We cruised out via West River to the SRT and chatted it up.  The weather was beautiful and everyone was in a good mood.  Its nice have a ~20mile flat rail-trail path that leads out of the city for things like this.  No maps are needed, no stressing about cars, just easy riding.  We got to the end of the trail and picked up Bridge St going into Phenoxville.  Stop 1 of the tour was at Sly Fox Brewing for beer, and a little food.  A few others who don’t live in the city joined us here as well.  After pounding 4 pitchers we got back on the road a little tipsier than before.  For some reason the semi-intoxicated riding turned into a race and people got dropped 🙂

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I kept the speed mellow and proceeded to help get our group lost / add 10miles and ~1000ft of climbing… for some people this wasn’t a good thing and morale was a bit low.  We eventually made it to the camp site and get ready to get our food on.  After eating, setting up camp, making a fire, then eating again, we hung out into the wee hours of the morning drinking a few cases and bottle of bourbon.

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The camp site was really nice.  Id never been camping there before but they have restrooms and showers which makes life pretty easy.  You do have to register a camp ground (2-days minimum) a bit in advance as they seem to fill up quickly in the summer months.  It seemed to mostly be families which was nice to see minus the 7:30am wakeup call of little kids screaming.  I had a couple things to do back in the city so after some breakfast and hanging, I hit the road solo and giddied up back to the city.  Another solid weekend.

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One Response to “Camp by Bike – French Creek”

  1. yunkk August 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    Love the shot of Jared in front of the Colonial!

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