My ongoing musings about bicycling.
If you'd like to know how I got started read my first post in the December 2006 Archives.
To find out what a Ludwig is, see below.
Sunday, December 31, 2006
Sunday on the Schuykill
A beautiful vacation Sunday morning allowed Annie and I to ride today in daylight. As I've mentioned we're usually on the road at 5:30 A.M. and it is only just getting light when we return home at 7 A.M. But today we slept until 7 and were on the road at 8:30. This also gave me an opportunity to take my camera with me and show you some of the sights of the Schuykill River Path. Aside from the rare daylight ride I keep thinking that the weather has to worsen to the point where taking pictures will not be an option. But with the sun still beautifully shining and the temperature at a balmy 35 degrees, it was most comfortable for stopping and taking in the sights. We start at the back of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (that is, the pictures begin there; we've already ridden about 2 miles to this point.)My family already knows well that I am not the world's best photographer but that is the back of the Museum that you're looking at here from just in front of the Azalea Gardens. Not to overdo things just two or three more: The first is just one of my favorite views as we come around an early curve in the path, beyond the famous boat houses.
The next is the first view from the Falls Bridge crossing from the Eastern leg of the loop, Kelly Drive. It took me a few weeks to achieve this view and I can remember the first time I finally saw it I was very pleased to say the least. Now I see it every morning, but it never fails to re-kindle that first experience. Finally, the view of the city skyline coming back into view as we head back into town along the western side of the loop around the river. All in all a beautiful ride in the midst of a great city. Annie left me after the first loop and I continued along for a second loop, bringing the daily trip to 22.5 miles. I happily met up with my friend Harry who rode with me along the western portion of the loop for a couple of miles before tearing back himself for another ride around. Then home for me, buckwheat pancakes, an afternoon at the University of Pennsylvania Anthropology Museum followed by a satisfying Eagle win and the prospect of play-off games on upcoming Sunday's.
I am a 64 year old Conservative Rabbi, published theologian and professor of Jewish Philosophy. I have also published two books of poetry and have recently become an avid cyclist along with my wife of 40 years.
I write two blogs, Bicycle-Musings and Pipe Pulpit.
In the news section of one of his early Fredcasts David told the story of one Ludwig from Znnin Poland who at 84 years of age went out for a ride on his bike. To make a longer story short (and you really should listen to the podcast to get all the details) Ludwig ended up in London, England! So I figure if (again, according to the explanation on The Fredcast #1) a Fred is someone who not only rides a bike but is severely attracted to the gadgets and accessories of a certain bike-cultural look (and I guess I'm a Fred without the financial resources to really express my Fredness) then a Ludwig could be anyone over the age of 55 who is not only a Fred, but also loves to just keep riding eating up the miles pretty much unconcerned with speed. Go Ludwig! I'm a Ludwig. Maybe someday I'll figure out podcasting and do a Ludwigcast.