Day 1 on the Pennsylvania Environment Ride

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The Pennsylvania Environment Ride is a three-day journey from Elizabethtown to Philadelphia. Riders enjoy Lancaster County Amish country, farm vistas, and covered bridges. The ride features the region’s history and bounty, treating participants to an unforgettable weekend. The ride supports the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and their efforts to develop bicycle trails in southeastern Pennsylvania. This vital network of trails is used extensively for commuting, recreation, and sightseeing throughout the region.

For the third year I photographed the event, both from the ground and from a moving car alongside the riders. This four-part series covers the three days of the ride plus a bonus post. The first day-and-a-half featured stunning weather. Clouds rolled in at the end of the second day, and the third day was a little cold and rainy, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the riders.

The ride started Friday afternoon in Elizabethtown and wound its way through Lancaster County farmland, ending at a former cork factory turned into a boutique hotel where we spent the night. The riders were a mix of people from previous years and some new people who it was a pleasure to get to know.

Read the other posts in this series:
Day 2 on the Pennsylvania Environment Ride
Day 3 on the Pennsylvania Environment Ride
Portraits from the Pennsylvania Environment Ride

Click here to see the galleries of all photos from the ride.

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