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The Sky is Falling

Last night, Brent and I began to put together a training plan for next summer’s big race (hey, just because it’s the off-season doesn’t mean I can’t plan, does it? After all, it’s what I do best!).  In addition to the requisite long runs, hikes, and rides, there will be lots of off-trail bushwhacking, lots of hill repeats, and lots of time-trial rides around the Wissahickon Loop.  Yes, another racing season has come to an end, and I still have yet to actually ride the whole thing in one outing.  But, my friends, that will soon change.

There’s just one problem.  Last week, the Friends of the Wissahickon issued a warning to everyone who traverses the 5.3-mile stretch of Forbidden Drive:

“As a result of crumbling concrete falling from the Walnut Lane Bridge as it crosses the Wissahickon Valley, Forbidden Drive has been closed at the urging of the Streets Department. Detour signs will be installed at 10 box, Kitchens Lane and also at Jeanette/Monastery Sts. A media advisory is being prepared by the Department of Parks and Recreation and will be distributed this afternoon.”

Now, technically, this warning only applies to the Drive itself, and not to the rocky ascents and descents that parallel it on either side of the creek.  But you’ve gotta wonder, if concrete is falling above the gravel path, what’s to stop it from landing on the trails that we routinely run and ride?

All this, of course, begs the question – shouldn’t they be concerned about the cars driving on top of the bridge?

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5 responses to “The Sky is Falling

  1. denise November 30, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    i JUST emailed my friend about this b/c i’m planning my long run for down there this friday. he said we could sneak around it and people were last saturday. but on friday, with work crews there, they may not let us through. guess i’ll find out. i’ll just run real fast as i go under it…

  2. tosha25italia November 30, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I LOVEEEEE the new look!!!

  3. Kim November 30, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    You might want to wear a hard hat! Be careful and have fun. I’m planning already too. Only wish there were more events posted now.

  4. Laurie November 30, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Wait! I thought the side trails were closed too. I hope I am wrong!
    Maybe if we send the city our collective blog posts about how sad we are about the closure and how it is impacting our playing outside they will fix it immediately.

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