Day 8: Langhorne to Philadelphia (another windy day in PA)
We awoke later than planned, at 9am. Ellen’s friend, Dan, stopped by with coffee, tea and bagels from Dunkin Donuts on his way home from his graveyard shift job.
Fortunately, we had a short ride to Philadelphia from Langhorne, although, after Dan’s suggested changes to our route, the distance went from under 30 to close to 35 miles. We made good time in spite of the wind, stopping only twice – once for a snack and once about 4 miles out from our destination due to a flat tire. This was Phil’s 4th flat tire in only 4 days of riding. This time it was the front tire, which isn’t as much of a pain to change, but we are going through tubes much faster than we had planned!
When we reached Steve and Lucia’s home in Philadelphia, their dog Danny greeted us eagerly and followed us to our room. We quickly changeed our clothes and walked a few blocks to Jim’s on South Street, where we ordered the classic Philly cheesesteak sandwiches (hoagies?). After eating, we walked west to EMS, stopping for ice-cream at Scoops DeVille on the way. After purchasing a pair of pants at EMS, we walked back towards our hosts’ home.
I was really craving a beer, and Phil wanted tea, so we found the perfect place to chill out and drink our beverages of choice while listening to good music and catching up on e-mail – The Coffee Bar.
We walked back to Steve and Lucia’s house, where we had some tea, loaded the next day’s route into Garmin, and talked about bicycling and traveling before retiring to bed.