Day 9: Philadelphia to Elkton, MD

Breakfast with Lucia and Steve

Steve and Lucia treated us to an excellent breakfast at a famous Jewish Deli within walking distance of their house, where the portions were enormous.  Afterwards, we went back to pack up our bikes.  Steve and Lucia biked with us to a bike shop, s0 we could buy a spoke wrench, and then escorted us through the city, including the Italian market, and to the edge of town where we said goodbye.

While the wind wasn’t nearly as heavy as it had been the previous two days, it still did not blow in our favor.  To top it off, the terrain was hillier than it has been for the entire trip thus far.  About 25 miles out, Phil realized that his fleece had fallen off his back rack, where he had secured it with a bungee cord.  We ended up cycling a few miles past the Delaware state line sign (which proudly announces that you are entering the home of tax-free shopping) on a busy road to get to a mall, where he could buy a new one at EMS.

Welcome to Delaware!

Our only other stop was at an orchard about 4 miles from the home where we were staying, drawn in again by the smell of donuts and apple pie.  We bought a pumpkin pie and some ice-cream to take to our hostess, Norma, as a gift.  Norma’s home is absolutely beautiful, and the plumbing in the bathroom adjacent to the room where we were to stay had been finished in the nick of time, just a half hour before our arrival that evening.  Norma cooked a lovely stew, and her boyfriend, Peter arrived with fresh bread.  Her neighbor, Darrell, joined us a bit later (arriving by golf cart) to hear about our trip.  Since we were so tired from the long ride, Phil and I excused ourselves around 10pm to go to bed (and here I am, just finishing this post).

About Sarah

Sarah grew up in Cranston - just south of Providence, Rhode Island - and developed a love for travel, music, and outdoor sports at an early age. She had started bicycling long distances at age 12, as a participant of the MS150 bike tours to raise money for the MS Society. She didn't use her bike regularly until she built her own while studying in Montreal and found it an excellent way to get around the city. After graduating from McGill and moving back to Providence, Sarah started working at Brown University's office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biological Safety Specialist. She was living 4 miles away at the time, and for the first few weeks was driving to work. She made the switch from driving to bicycling when she realized that she could get to work faster, avoid parking tickets, and integrate a few miles of training into her day. Bicycling was better for the environment and better for her own health and mood. She found that she had more energy and felt much happier once she started biking to work. When her car broke down several months later, she never bothered replacing it. After 4 years of working in Biosafety (and on her master's in Environmental Studies), Sarah left her job to pursue her passion. She has been working various jobs in the bicycle industry since June of 2011, including pedicab driver, bicycle tour guide, bike mechanic and traveling bicycle advocate. In between seasonal jobs, she has done a few long-distance bike tours, which is the main reason for this blog. Her dream is to eventually ride around the world and sail across the oceans.

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