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More Brandywine Valley Ride Pics(19 posts)

More Brandywine Valley Ride Picsramboorider
Oct 20, 2003 4:26 PM
As a followup to JL's excellent ride report of his 40 miler east of and including the beautiful Brandywine Valley in Chester County, PA, here are a few more from a ride I did today in the same area, but basically west of the Brandywine.

-Ray

This first one is an old road that's been reduced to paved single track from West Chester down to the Brandywine.
Farm near Chadds Fordramboorider
Oct 20, 2003 4:28 PM
One of the zillions of high-zoot horse farms in this area.
Near Wilmington, Delawareramboorider
Oct 20, 2003 4:30 PM
Twisted metal on the Red Clayramboorider
Oct 20, 2003 4:32 PM
The Brandywine and Red Clay flooded badly about 3-4 weeks ago - worse than Hurricane Floyd a few years ago. This rail bridge was totally destroyed by the flood. Impressive power.
Runnymead Valleyramboorider
Oct 20, 2003 4:34 PM
One of my favorite spots on any ride - I think I posted some pix from this area last year too. No such thing as too much of a good thing.
Looking down on Runnymeadramboorider
Oct 20, 2003 4:37 PM
This gigantic estate is owned by heirs to the Campbell Soup fortune. The road you see across the creek is a private road that's probably two miles long through the whole valley and connects to public roads at each end. Terrible road surface but beautiful to ride when they leave the gates open.
Top of the climb out of Runnymeadramboorider
Oct 20, 2003 4:39 PM
We don't have many long climbs around here, but we have a lot of steep little muthas. This one stairsteps and has about three steep faces with relative breaks in between.
Springdell Roadramboorider
Oct 20, 2003 4:40 PM
A nice level cruise after a killer descent.
Back towards West Chesterramboorider
Oct 20, 2003 4:43 PM
One of the branches of the Brandywine runs along the east side of this valley (to the left of the picture). Another slice of rural paradise.
One last horse farmramboorider
Oct 20, 2003 4:46 PM
Another pretty spot. A guy at work has a picture of this farm from about 40-45 years ago. Just a funky working farm then - now its another exclusive horse property, although hard to tell from this shot.

That's all. A perfect day for a ride today - low 60s and clear as a bell. Had to take the day off and spend it riding.

-Ray
Great stuff.KG 361
Oct 20, 2003 5:56 PM
A lot of those could be pics of spots near me. It confirms what we PA riders know-PA is one of the best states to cycle in, bar none. That's it-I'm going to ride tomorrow! =)
Nice photos. I'm overdosing on all that greeen ;-) nmrwbadley
Oct 21, 2003 6:21 AM
re: More Brandywine Valley Ride Picsinsmanblue
Oct 20, 2003 9:46 PM
Beautiful pictures. It must be wonderful to ride where there is low traffic and such scenery. Thanks for sharing.
Yeah, it isRay Sachs
Oct 21, 2003 4:07 AM
nice to ride in this uncrowded area. I was on several roads yesterday where I didn't see a single car. Development is moving in, but we're doing what we can (I work for the County Planning Commission) to try to direct it towards existing urban and suburban areas and keep the rural areas as open as possible.

All of this stuff is within a half hour to hour drive from Philly and closer than that to Wilmington.

-Ray
Oh sure, show me up ;)JL
Oct 21, 2003 4:39 AM
I love those roads. Yesterday, was a great day to be out. My ride was not as scenic.

Great report. I agree with KG361, PA (and DE) is an awesome state to ride in.

John
Hey, I didn't have anything...Ray Sachs
Oct 21, 2003 4:52 AM
...to compare to the creative landscaping you found - or maybe I was just too shocked to look ;0

BTW, I don't think those green arrows were from the Savage - it doesn't come this far east. There's a new ride that went off on the 11th called "Bike the Pike" or something that had a 50 miler through this area. Its a fundraiser for the effort to get a scenic byway designation for Route 52 between Kennett and Wilmington.

-Ray
The creative topiaryJL
Oct 21, 2003 5:30 AM
is up Sweetwater Road heading toward Ridley Park.

Thanks for the info on the green arrows. I wasn't sure where it headed, but noticed they followed Creek Road as I continued into West Chester 2 weeks in a row.

Since my Savage is "cursed", I wasn't sure how far North it came.

Thanks.

John
Ridley Park (indeed)LO McDuff
Oct 21, 2003 6:24 AM
When you said Ridley Park I grabbed my monitor and and tilted it trying to get the picture. I grew up in Ridley Park (the borough). You were talking about Ridley CREEK State Park. My hometown looks NOTHING like that. LOL.

Note to all the picture posters, thanks a lot. It made me a little homesick.
Yes, Ridley Creek State Park. Sorry for the confusion (nm)JL
Oct 21, 2003 6:48 AM
I said No Message (nm)