Mother’s Day Weekend

 
I don't know where we are going but the bikes are on the car so it's going to be good.
 
 
Our destination revealed! We are staying the night in the 1740 House Country Inn in Lumberville, Pennsylvania.
 
 
The stone walls in our room date back to the original 1740 construction. They were short in those days…
 
 
The deep window looks out on our patio, just feet from the Delaware River.
 
 
Ready to start our ride on this beautiful spring day.
 
 
We cross the pedestrian bridge at Lumberville to Bulls Island State Park in New Jersey.

 

 
For 30 miles the towpath trails of Pennsylvania's Canal State Park and New Jersey's D and R Sate Park parallel the Delaware River. Six River bridges connect the two trails, making it easy to bike a loop, or to combine loops for a longer ride.
 
 
On the New Jersey side, the trail is smooth and shady and peaceful. The 70 mile trail from Phillipsburg south to Trenton is part of the National Recreation Trail System. Gary and I peddle north for about 9 miles to the bridge at Frenchtown. One of the best parts is going through the small river towns. There are locally owned restaurants to get lunch or a drink or just rest on a park bench.
 
 
Back on the Pennsylvania side, the trail follows the towpath of the historic Delaware Canal. In the early 1800's, canal boats loaded with coal from the Upper Lehigh Valley were towed by mules. From Easton, 60 miles of canal to Bristol provided transport for goods moving on to Philadelphia and New York.
 
 
Today, the canal retains almost all of its features as they existed during its century of commercial operation. I find the old locks and dams absolutely fascinating and stop to read all of the interpretive signs along the way. The boatman would blow on his conch shell to warn the lock keeper of his approach. Lock keepers wives provided services such as selling fresh produce, hot meals and doing laundry. Families lived on the boats, going down the canal with a load of anthracite, making the return trip back up north with a different load of goods to sell.
 
After riding the canal tow path back to our Inn, we change clothes and head out for dinner at the restaurant at Phillips Mill. A car is a very appreciated form of transportation! This evening is so warm, we eat outdoors by candle light in the beautiful courtyard. Surely I biked enough calories to justify the delicious chocolate mousse desert!
 
 
 
 

 


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Comments

  1. Christine says:

    looks glorious! I will share this with Mark

  2. That looks like so much fun! Gary is quite the planner, I am very impressed!

  3. Stephanie says:

    What a wonderful weekend! A very Happy Mother’s Day!