June 30, 2017 - Sarah Hunter kindly submitted this guest blog.
(historical photo of GAP in fall season)
My two teenage sons and I loaded our bikes and bare essentials in the car and left our snow-packed yard to embark on this trip we’ve been planning since the days were short. We looked for a scenic rail trail of considerable mileage in an area that would be warm in mid-April, and within reasonable driving distance from our home. A bit of research on Adventure Cycling’s tours and routes led us to the GAP, a 150-mile rail trail that winds along rivers and through mountain passes from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cumberland, Maryland. We looked up the average temperature for the region in April and found that it was 61 degrees. We were sold. Halfway into our journey, standing next to the falls, we’re fully immersed in spring and exceedingly happy with our trail choice.
Tags: Bike trail, Easy bike trip, Bike rental, Family friendly bike trip, Bike tour
For Sarah's Full trip report click HERE.
Nuts and Bolts:
Day 2: Ride 41 miles from West Newton to Ohiopyle. Stay at Mackenzie Guest House (Laurel Highlands River Tours & Outdoor Center).
Day 4: Ride 32 miles from Meyersdale to Cumberland.
About Sarah, Sarah Hunter lives with her husband and sons in Maine. This was their second, long-distance bike tour. You can read about their Prince Edward Island trip here, Prince Edward Island, Tip to Tip. If you have questions about their trips, contact Sarah at email@example.com.
You can learn more about the Great Allegheny Passage at GAPtrail.org. At $10, the TrailGuide, which comes with maps, is a worthy investment. John Urman’s film On the Passage is also a terrific preview of the “ride of your life.”