How To Survive A 25 Mile Ride To Turning Point Park

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I’ve always been a lover of nature, exploring, and challenging myself to conquer impossible goals. Inside of me is a deep, hot fire that just won’t be quenched at the first sign of difficulty. A few days ago, I went on one of my explorations that ended up being 25 miles of riding, including going to the very end of Turning Point Park.

The Bridge near the end of Turning Point Park is a sight to see.
The Bridge near the end of Turning Point Park is a sight to see.

A close up view of the bridge reveals it's impressive architecture.
A close up view of the bridge reveals it’s impressive architecture.

Looking at the interior of the bridge from the Turning Point Park trail.
Looking at the interior of the bridge from the Turning Point Park trail.

Once past the bridge, Turning Point Park continues towards Lake Ontario.
Once past the bridge, Turning Point Park continues towards Lake Ontario.

A 25 mile ride can be a tough challenge after the first 5 miles. It takes a great deal of fitness, endurance and a no “give up attitude.”

You must be as mentally prepared as physically. If you’re not, it will be extremely difficult, especially if you get way out and can’t muster the strength to make it back.

Don’t worry if you can’t. About 3 months ago I wouldn’t have been able to take such an epic trip to Turning Point Park, because I was out shape, lacked the necessary strength and endurance, and was 25 lbs heavier.

What Is Turning Point Park?

Located in Rochester, New York, Turning Point Park is wooded acres with a waterfall, paved hiking and biking trails with a boardwalk that goes over the Genesee River.

The trails at Turning Point Park are paved, but are very rough and hilly. Make sure you have a bicycle with plenty of gears and wide durable tires.
The trails at Turning Point Park are paved, but are very rough and hilly. Make sure you have a bicycle with plenty of gears and wide durable tires.

Many people of different ages ranging from baby boomers, generation X, all the way to millennials and Generation Y, enjoy this amazing park.

A fallen tree alongside the trail with the roots ripped out, provides some interesting scenery.
A fallen tree alongside the trail with the roots ripped out, provides some interesting scenery.

Turning Point Park has a few rotted bridges going to boat docks. Just don’t try to walk on them.
Turning Point Park has a few rotted bridges going to boat docks. Just don’t try to walk on them.

No matter what time of day you go, people are hiking, fishing, riding bicycles or just socializing while enjoying the incredible scenery.

People gather on the boardwalk that goes on forever, to fish and hang out.
People gather on the boardwalk that goes on forever, to fish and hang out.

When nightfall comes, people gather along the boardwalk to play music, dance and even bring lights to put on a show.

At night you’ll see people dancing, playing music and performing light shows.
At night you’ll see people dancing, playing music and performing light shows.

While walking across the boardwalk, you can see where everyone passes by in boats.
While walking across the boardwalk, you can see where everyone passes by in boats.

Towards the shore you can see the waves produced from the boats passing by.
Towards the shore you can see the waves produced from the boats passing by.

This is an amazing park where people of all backgrounds and ages gather to have fun and socialize.

It’s definitely a place that you must visit whether you live in the Rochester, New York area or just visiting.

The Turning Point Park is not 25 miles away from where I live, but I’m still going to provide tips on how to survive such an intense journey.

Here’s How You Survive A 25 Mile Journey And Live To Tell About It

  1. You need a proper bicycle that is comfortable and has plenty of gears. I have a 2-speed Brompton that I use for short trips in the city. For longer trips I use my Tern Link D8.
  2. Don’t try to do a 25 mile trip the first week you buy a bicycle. It takes time to get yourself mentally and physically in shape for such a long ride. Start off small for a few months until you’re able to ride such distances.
  3. Wear comfortable clothing. Unless you’re a road racer, you most likely won’t be wearing padded shorts or Lycra. Wear pants and clothes that allow you to pedal, and move freely without bunching up.
  4. Get yourself a backpack or pannier with plenty of compartments and a waterproof cover for when it rains. My favorite choice is the Two Wheel Gear Pannier Backpack Convertible.
  5. Bring someone along who can also handle such a long ride. They will not only be great company, they will also be priceless in case an emergency occurs.
  6. Make sure you charge your cell phone and bring it along.
  7. Carry a pack of Halls with you. They help increase oxygen flow and endurance.
  8. Always wear a comfortable helmet that’s crash tested. My favorite is the Triple Eight Certified Sweatsaver.

Conclusion

A 25 mile trip to Turning Point Park is tough, but don’t let that discourage you. There’s nothing like getting out on the open roads and trails, enjoying the fresh air and scenery, while challenging yourself.

Choose wisely when deciding which trail to go on. One trail has a super steep hill.
Choose wisely when deciding which trail to go on. One trail has a super steep hill.

Fortunately, Turning Point Park has signs to guide you.
Fortunately, Turning Point Park has signs to guide you.

Just like everything else in life, it will be tough at first, but the more you do it, the easier it will get.

You’ll experience the joy of accomplishment. See new places and scenery, and meet interesting people.

Train tracks run along a large portion of the trail.
Train tracks run along a large portion of the trail.

Don’t worry, no trains were coming!
Don’t worry, no trains were coming!

Your mood will improve because you’ll be getting in shape while enjoying some recreation.

If you’re anything like me, when you get back from such a phenomenal journey, you’ll feel energized and ready to tackle those projects that once felt impossible.

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