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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#27 - Schuylkill River Trail

A new area explored as we spent a long weekend in PA for a family reunion, celebrating both family and friends. With food and drink aplenty, a hike was in order, and I found the nearby 130 mile Schuylkill River Trail, stretching from Schuylkill County to Philadelphia.

With family activities planned, we accessed the trail at the nearest point to our location, Pottstown, PA, to get a 5 mile hike in. The trail was paved and well maintained and a brisk hike felt good in the morning heat and humidity.

Schuylkill River Trail

Nice scenery adorned as we headed upstream. Two things were apparent from the start; while you could hike this trail for miles and miles, this section was made for biking and running. These activities added to the speed of the flat, fast moving trail.

Schuylkill River Trail
The length and mile markers of the trail allowed for a long, focused workout. As we wound away from the river, through fields and to the outskirts of town, I couldn't help but feel that this section was best for biking the 20 or so miles to Reading, PA. Even so, we picked up the pace and moved briskly along.
Crossing the river to the outskirts of town
A hike with family, joined by my wife, daughter and brother, made for a good workout. Yes, today it was shorter and faster; but hey, we had 50 family members gathering upon our return. We had got our miles in, now it was time to share laughs, exchange hugs, and relive fond memories. Somehow, the hike had set the tone for a perfect day.

East meets West - My brother and I
Keep hiking! And may the path end at family and friends.


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