I decided on today being the day that I would bike ride to Folsom, PA. Once I arrived at the Benjamin-Franklin bridge to crossover to Philadelphia, I stopped in the middle of a split before the toll. I needed to wait for traffic to pass, since I was on the merger of a major interstate highway. I really needed to be careful because those cars were traveling pretty fast. I then crossed over. Luckily the sun was shining so everyone could see me riding on the little part of the road (which is the only place I could get room to bike on). Once I walked my bike on the sidewalk to the ride of the toll booths, I got to a sign that read, “Pedestrians and bicycles prohibited on roadway”. I kept staring at the sign for about a minute, and then I looked ahead and I saw another sign. I pedaled close to see what it read. There was a walkway on the bridge, however, the gate was closed and locked. I took a ride around the gate and I saw no other way across the bridge. After I almost gave up, I saw a tunnel that went to the other side of the bridge. A few people were coming back through the tunnel but I had no idea they were coming from the bridge. I did just that, and sure enough, once I got to the other side there were stairs along with a ramp for my bike. I walked my bike up the stairs and then I pedaled my way across the bridge. Once I got across, I was officially in Philadelphia. I was getting really thirst. I then saw a billboard for a smoothie at McDonalds. However, I had no idea where the closest McDonalds was. I then bike rode for about a block, then I turned left towards “Chinatown”. I wasn’t actually in Chinatown until another block, but I saw a 7-Eleven store and I walked right in to get myself something to drink. I looked around for a little bit and then I heard on the store intercom about slurpies. I then walked up to it and grabbed myself one. I grabbed a lid, and a cup, but once I put my drink up to the “blueberry” one, I read the print at the bottom that read “frozen carbonated drink”. I thought to myself, “AHHHHHH”! Once I read that I immediately put the cup and lid back (which had a drop of the slurpie on it), and with disappointment I walked away. Maybe I’ll tell you why I refrain from those kinds of drinks another time. I haven’t had a soda in like, 3 months now. I don’t even crave one at all, no matter how many ads I see or hear about them. Anyways, I bought two 1-liter water bottles instead. They were on a 2 for $1.98 sale, so it was definitely worth it. Water is better for me anyways. I still have a 1-liter bottle I haven’t even drank yet. I’m at the library right now, and I’m just about ready to bike ride home. Once this is over, I’ll have biked about 45 miles. That’s pretty impressive, huh? I never made it to Folsom but at least I managed to survive the 80+ degree heat I had today.