I previously blogged about a two day cycling adventure (here) that Carole & I and June & Chris did on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail. We did about 125 of the total 150 GAP Trail miles and Chris became intrigued with doing a solo ride of the entire 150 miles from Cumberland to Pittsburgh, with a return to Cumberland via Amtrak.
So, a few weeks later he drove up from Lusby, stayed with us for the night and then headed to Cumberland. He made periodic photo op stops and emailed them back, but since he is not a blogger or Facebooker, I'm putting his travelogue up here:
Chris Moody Minds the GAP
Day 1 - Cumberland to Meyersdale
This is the view from the top after the 25 mile climb out from Cumberland. Didn't get any rain falling on me to speak of. Started to clear some approaching the top here. Managed about 10 mph average in the uphill grind.
The handsome Mason Dixon marker entering PA.
This is on the inside of the eastern entrance to the Big Savage Mountain tunnel. I missed this last time when the four of us did the ride. Puts it in perspective. All downhill from here.
Not much of a vista this morning as I get back on the trail after staying the night in Meyersdale after a 38 mile day.
Day 2: Meyersdale to Confluence PA
The Pinkerton Bridge and tunnel, over the Cassellman River between Rockwood and Confluence. Amtrak now goes thru the blasted cut to the left
View from the bridge over the Casselman River in Confluence PA after 31 mile ride from Meyersdale. Fog stubborn to lift but trail visibility was OK.
Only thing available in Connelsville was in a "motor lodge" right out of the 60s. I liked this warning sticker on the bathroom mirror. Surprised I'm allowed at a motor lodge.
Lots of traffic on the trail today. More than we saw on a Saturday last time. Lots with panniers too. Most seem to be southbound. Most in groups. I'm an outlier. Finally, clouds cleared about 1130.
Day 3: Connelsville to Pittsburgh
Between West Newton and Pittsburgh, 21 miles to go.
View from the famous Hot Metal Bridge over the Monongahela River, almost to Pittsburgh.
Day 4: Amtrak back to Cumberland MD