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Aug. 24th, 2008 | 11:12 pm
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For the first time in my seven years in Philly, I went down the shore this weekend (and took some more photos). For those of you who are confused, that's what people say instead of "I spent the weekend at the beach in New Jersey." New Englanders, feel free to associate "down the shore" with "down the Cape." Aaron and I took the train from Philly to Atlantic City on Saturday morning, bicycles in tow, then we rode from AC to Wildwood - a 40-something mile ride. My bike held up, as did I (biking sure is faster and less painful than running, though those bridge inclines will getcha). Aaron bikes gazillions of miles all the time, so this was nothing for him. Oh. Aaron is my current/newish gentlemanfriend, for those of you not in the loop on these things. He's fun.

The shore, Wildwood in particular, is also fun. Overstimulating, certainly. I liken the Boardwalk to one of those castles in Super Mario Brothers where if you don't choose the right door to go in, the castle continues on forever, the same scenes popping up over and over. At one point as we were strolling along, Aaron asked me what my impression was and I said, "I like it, it's fun, but, like, it's the same eight stores over and over: the t-shirt stand, the ice cream and funnel cake shop, the arcade, the game booth, the fudge and taffy store, the pizza joint, and the novelty item place." We rode the Great Nor'easter roller coaster, which was excellent. We ate seafood at the Jersey Girl,  which was delicious despite the kitschy name. I had "seared dayboat scallops," which were absolutely delightful, along with crabby risotto and tomato bisque. Plus, the men's Olympic marathon was on in the bar area, so I could do that guy thing and sneak a peak every few minutes. We had ice cream cones later on. Chocolate jimmies for me, rainbow for him (!). We witnessed a pretty intense fistfight on the Boardwalk. Kid got knocked out cold. It was all part of the experience. We then finished out the evening in a fun little pub, then biked back to our motel, me giggling the whole way for a variety of reasons. Today, we enjoyed some delicious pancakes at Uncle Bill's Pancake House in Stone Harbor before trekking back to AC. Pancakes = perfect fuel.

It's been quite a week in terms of my activity level. In addition to my 80 miles of biking today and yesterday, I ran 52 miles total between last Sunday and Friday. That's a lot of movement. Maybe I should have some more pancakes.

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from: kidpally
date: Aug. 26th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)

you're fantastic!

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from: jamielio
date: Aug. 26th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)

no, YOU!

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long-distance relationships

from: ext_120053
date: Aug. 31st, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)

I love that you write about our adventures as if I'm really there. ;-) Just kidding, hope you guys had a good time!

How's October looking for a quick visit?

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