My goodness! I looked at my history of blog posts and saw that I haven’t made a post here since Feb. 20th of this year. It’s been awhile, but I’m still around so far.

Bike Trail along the old Union Canal.

One of the things I’ve been doing over the past few months, is ride my Giant bicycle around and on the many bike trails that are around my area. There are so many of them to choose from. Most of the trails have been made from long gone railroad beds that are now a path to follow. The above one is not from a railroad bed, but from what remains of a towpath that was once used to pull canal barges up & down the old Union Canal. What is left of the canal is off to the right of my image. To this day, the canal still holds water when it rains heavy. There is one thing here, the canal is full of skeeters that almost ate me alive when going down that trail! Have to remember to use bug repellant when I go here. Of course, there is the occasional snake or snapping turtle that might cross your path. That’s ok. I just leave Nature alone.

This is my Giant LUV 26.5 in. bike that I use.

Last year I had bought a Giant Touring bike that was real nice, but found over time that it was just too small for my 6ft. 5″ frame. I decided to return it and use it for a trade in on another one that will fit me. This one does just that. It has 21 different speeds and rides nice and smooth. It’s better than what I had before. The gears shift smooth from one to another. I just have to learn what gear works best for what type of terrain I’m riding. Being 75 yrs. young, my legs get tired & sore after 1 or 2 miles of riding. Then I call it quits. No use in over doing things.

I had no idea what that “wall” was in the background.

As most of my followers already know, I like to “snoop around” in historic spots and places. This is one of them known as “The Loop” that is a short trail that goes around a area used at one time as a tank proving ground during the middle 40’s. I have rode this trail before but never noticed that “wall” you see in the background. Now, that’s because it was all covered over with scrub, weeds, and trees. Since then someone has cleared all that away showing what is there. I stopped and looked at it wondering what it was. I don’t know. Why is this here? What was it used for? I decided to try and find out.

I found out that I could ask the town Historian in Birdsboro and see if he/she would know anything. I sent them a e-mail, but as of yet I have gotten no response. I even asked the Berks County Historical Society about it, but again, got no response. It could be that they don’t even know. I’ll keep waiting and see if I get any information.

So, that’s it for right now. Thank you for still following & reading.


Published by Les

I am 75 yrs. young and now retired. I worked in the Machinist Trade for 24 yrs. Served in the US Navy with a Tour of Duty in Vietnam. Being retired I do enjoy Photography with my Nikon and Pentax Camera's, snooping around in Historic and Abandoned places, using my Scroll Saw, Reading, Travel, riding a bicycle on the many Trails that are around my area, and what-ever else will interest me at the time. Come with me and see where I go, where I have been, and my Life surviving Retirement.

5 thoughts on “STILL HERE!

  1. I also like to investigate the sights I come upon as we walk or hike local trails. Sometimes I can figure things out with internet sources and sometimes things remain a mystery but I always enjoy a search. I think you are not far from where I live (in Montgomery county pa) so it’s additionally interesting to me the locations you mention.

    1. Hello, Claudia. Yes, you really are not that far from me. Your down towards Philly, right? I’m always interested in Historical places. Philadelphia has lots of them. Independence Park is just one of many.

      1. Yes, I live right outside Philadelphia city limits in Montgomery county and for a lot of years worked in the city including several years right off Independence Square.

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