Day 13: Back on the Road

36 miles

2014-06-30 15.04.34Well, after four days of relaxing, visiting friends, and sightseeing, it was time to hit the road again today.  We weren’t in a hurry since we weren’t planning a long day.  After loading up the bikes we said goodbye to Susan and Peter and headed north along the Delaware River.  We crossed over to the New Jersey side early on and rode along the towpath next to an old canal near the river.  The towpath was actually a nice way to go.  It was gravel and dirt, which was a little dusty, but it was nice and flat and mostly shaded.  Having no cars to worry about was icing on the cake.  Our destination for the night was the Quality Inn in Easton, PA so we eventually crossed over to Pennsylvania again and rode on the towpath on that side of the river.

After checking into the hotel and taking a quick shower, we walked into town to the nearest bike shop.  Today I finally decided to give up on my current bike seat (or saddle as they’re usually called) and look for a more comfortable one.  My current saddle is a leather model from Selle Anatomica.  It was pretty comfortable to begin with, but lately it has been stretching out too much and I’m ready to try something else.

The towpath we rode most of the day today.

The towpath we rode most of the day today.

The bike shop had several models to choose from, but I decided to buy a model from a company called Selle SMP.  (Selle is italian for saddles, so a lot of bike saddle companies have the word Selle in their names.)  The bike shop guy let me put the saddle on their bike fit machine so I could sit on it for a few minutes to try it out.  It’s hard to know how it will feel during a long ride, but it felt good enough for me to buy it.  I also bought a stem extender which raises the handlebars 2 to 3 inches.  I installed a similar one on Caroline’s bike yesterday and she seemed to like it.  I wanted to try one as well and see if raising my handlebars helped take some pressure off my hands.

On the way back to the hotel we stopped at a restaurant called Mesa Modern Mexican.  Their guacamole con frutas was really good.  I also had black bean and sweet potato enchiladas that were very tasty and Caroline had fish tacos.  After that, it was back to the hotel to write a blog post from a couple days ago and head to bed.

A couple photos of the bridge we crossed to get back into Pennsylvania.  It was designed by the same guy who designed the Brooklyn Bridge, John Roebling.2014-06-30 15.04.44

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