We rode through mountains and countryside and fancy estates and arrived at Valley Forge. We thought about sight-seeing there but it was threatening rain so we pushed on to Philly. From Valley Forge to our hostel we were able to ride a bike path, which was nice. We got to our hostel excited to air out all our things that had gotten wet in the rainy night, especially our sleeping bags and tent. But, alas, we got to our hostel at their off-hours block from 11 to 4:30 and were left without a homebase to ditch our stuff of shower. Oh well. We went back into the city center and got lunch (thanks chipotle for our first civilized meal in a while), used wifi, bought a few groceries, and then headed back to the hostel to check in. By the time we were settled, it was dark, and we decided not to go back into town like we thought we would. Sleeping in a hostel is always slightly fun and slightly weird because of all your so many bedmates.
The next day, we rode into Philadelphia on the banks of the Schuylkill River and did a number of things including but not limited to: seeing the Philadelphia Museum of Art, eating out in good restaurants for lunch and dinner, eating vegan ice cream and milkshakes (!), riding around in the big city and being in awe, sitting in a park and watching children, grown-ups, dogs, and birds, and seeing a late night movie (Under The Skin ) at a Philly indie theater. On the way home after the movie, we rode through Philadelphia’s big city park and saw two deer grazing in the grass. On to New York!

Riding through Valley Forge

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Riding across Falls Bridge, and our mansion-hostel

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Looking at Boathouse Row and the places where David has rowed

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Hanging at the art museum

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Just us at the park

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Liberty Bell and Independence Hall at night. The I. Hall bell rang 9:00 as we stood there looking at it and really spooked us.

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