Sunday, November 23, 2008

Autumn Bike Trip

So we took this little bike trip from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC and honestly, I had very low hopes for this adventure. I mean, who plans a bike trip through PA the first week in November- when it had been snowing the previous week? Well, it was the only time we had free, so we had to go. It turned out to be amazing.
So our adventure started Friday. Running about 5 hrs late, we stopped at the bike co-op Halloween bash and drove to Pgh. Saturday morning the little brother drove us south of the city and we rode through to DC. We caught a ride from Georgetown to Baltimore on Thursday, went to my cousin's wedding Sat night, got up at an ungodly hour to drive back to Cbus Sunday. Arrived in Cbus, packed for an hour and hopped on a plane toSF for the rest of the month.
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We rode the Allegheny Passage to Cumberland, MD, then the C & O Canal into DC.
The Allegheny Passage starts in McKeesport, PA, but to shave off a bit of time as we were in a bit of a time crunch, we started about 10 miles into it in Smithton. We had driven into Pittsburgh the night before so we were able to head out relatively early. It was a bit chilly and overcast but perfect for riding. The Passage follows old rail beds and is really well maintained. Our first stop on the trail was in Connellsville to aquire an adjustable wrench. Oh Connellsville. "Connellsville is located on the banks of the Youghiogheny River, and it’s from this position that the city’s coke factories once fueled the regional economy. The industry was so lucrative that Connellsville is believed to have once boasted more millionaires per capita than any US city of its size. The result is a city with great river access and elaborate buildings, homes, and churches."
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We continued peddaling at the 2% grade increase and by Ohiopyle we were a bit tired, but the sun was out and we were starting to shed layers. "
Ohiopyle is known for the scenic Ohiopyle Falls and Youghiogheny River Gorge. Once known as Falls City, Ohiopyle has been a tourist destination since the advent of the railroads, when in the 1870s, excursions from Pittsburgh to Ohiopyle and back cost only $1. Nearby Fallingwater is one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s most acclaimed works." Ohiopyle was as pretty as I remembered, but the main downfall of having to be in DC in 6 days was that we weren't able to hit sites like Fallingwater, put in a visit to Hazelbakers or various other activities But the upside of November travel was that paddling and biking season was over, so not many people were on the trail.
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Day 1 Continues with a click here

2 comments:

  1. also i love yer hair!

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  2. haha! thanks! It's the longest its ever been. It's all long & wiley, but i love it!

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