Great Allegheny Passage
Two of National Geographic Traveller's ten "Best
Trips for Fall of 2012" (worldwide) are in Pennsylvania.
Additionally, one of their picks for
"Best In the World" overall 2012 travel destinations is
Pittsburgh. Eager to visit all three of these in successive
weekends, I announced a trip on the Great Allegheny Passage [on the
explorers-biking mailing list]. The GAP is a trail from
Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD where it connects with the
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath which will take you all the way
to DC. The plan was a 160 mile bike camping trip "out & back"
to Ohiopyle's Kentuck Knob campground. Lots of folks expressed
interest, but then later backed out or cancelled at the last minute.
The two troopers who remained got up on a Saturday morning, geared
up, and set off. It was a nice day riding along the rivers
(Mon and Yough) through colorful fall foliage. The trip was
shortened from a two day 160-miler to a one day 80-miler due to an
impending storm and lack of desire to bike through high winds and
cold rain :-). We kept an average pace pretty well above what
we'd predicted, and managed to hold that the whole way (until that
final hill coming up out of The Waterfront), getting back just
around dark and enjoying a delicious dinner. It was a fun
trip! A photo is attached.