Although I was born I Philadelphia, I consider myself a native of Cherry Hill since my family moved here when I was a teenager. After completing college at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now called the California College of Art) in Oakland, CA, I remained in the Bay Area for a decade. Biking was not a popular sport back then so my sports were tennis and skiing.
After I returned to New Jersey, I began organized riding with the Outdoors Club in the early 1990’s and rode the ACS ride with it for 5 consecutive years. As time passed, many of the friends I rode with left the area so I stopped riding. In 2011, I decided to resume riding and my friend, Nelson Chan, told me about a group in Evesham. We came out to the Promenade and met Sandy and Dave Bennis who welcomed us and made us feel a part of the group. I have been riding regularly with Team Evesham ever since. Back then, rides were not listed as B or C rides, but as Cougar and Panther rides. I always wondered which ride was which. I enjoy Team Evesham rides, not only because it’s great exercise, but more importantly, because the people are truly nice and care about each other and I have become good friends with many of them. Some of us supplement Team Evesham rides with rides away from our South Jersey base. One of the highlights recently was the ride on the Allegheny Trail from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC, which I did with Dave Weiner. I enjoy riding so much now that I try to incorporate some riding when I go on vacations, for example, in Honolulu, Cape Cod, Quebec, Lake George and other places. I even have rides on my bucket list, e.g., Mt. Diablo near Walnut Creek, CA.
Happily, I am retired from working as a computer consultant so I can ride often now. When not riding, I have started to play pickleball and to learn to play the guitar. Some of you know me by my alias on Facebook, Phil Moose. I am carbon dating myself, but when I was growing up, I was a fan of the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. I connected to the Bullwinkle character so I collect Bullwinkle stuff and all things moose.
I’m very glad to be a part of Team Evesham. Because of this group and the many friends I have made there, “ life is good”.