Monday, July 23, 2012

Philadelphia to Phoenixville

Philadelphia to Phoenixville is a 102 Kilometer RUSA permanent (#1472) that begins in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia and loops through Center City, Philadelphia,  before going through Valley Forge to Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The mostly flat course has a few climbs (one pretty steep) mixed in to keep it interesting. It uses bike lanes, bike paths and low trafficked streets.

These are a few pictures taken during my ride of the course on Sunday July 22, 2012 (click on any picture to zoom):

IMPORTANT NOTE: Just after the first control, go through this opening to enter bike path on other side of guardrail. DO NOT RIDE ON LINCOLN DRIVE (That is the road, seen in the foreground, that you cross to enter the bike path)
Entrance to Bike Path

Kelly Drive - bike path along the Schuylkill River

Eastern State Penitentiary - (Historic Site)

Tree lined Philadelphia Street in Fairmount neighborhood

A mural on Spring Garden and Broad Street

View of Independence Hall and Liberty Bell Museum

Flags in Chinatown

Gateway to Chinatown

Building in stone and glass

City Hall above "Love Park"

Art Museum

Views of Boathouse Row from MLK Drive

Manayunk shops and shoppers

Schuylkill River Trail to Valley Forge and beyond

former factory

After bridge go right to follow this sign to Phoenixville

Theater in Phoenixville

Re-entering Valley Forge

Walnut Lane Bridge overlooking Fairmount Park


  1. Wait, wait, WAIT!

    You did this ride on top of the Shore by Night?

    You're right: your coach/trainer is a sadist.

    Recover well.

    1. Yup. Things were going fine until my fuel ran out at about 3 pm on Sunday. Luckily, the burrito place in Phoenixville also had free soda refills. I made sure to get my money's worth.

  2. I would love to do this permanent someday. Looks like you rode through my old neighborhood.

    1. You should contact the route owner, he is very accommodating.