Summer 2014

We spent a few days in June cycling the Great Allegheny Passage, a beautiful rail-to-trail running from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD.  We took along a family friend to make the trip more fun for the boys.

Our itinerary follows the photographs.

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Te Great Allegheny Passage (http://www.atatrail.org)
Cumberland Trail Connections (http://www.ctcbikes.com) drove us to Pittsburgh, PA to begin our ride west to east. I settled on riding the trail west to east so that the climbing would be gradually spread over three days, so the last day would be a fast downhill ride, and so each day we were a bit closer to home. The mileage each day worked well for our group and left the boys tired but neither exhausted nor burned out.
We stayed mostly in B&Bs with one night in a cabin at a KOA campground.
We only experienced an hour of rain, and on most days the temperature peaked around 85*F.
The GAP itself is a well maintained treasure.
Here was our trip itinerary, inspired by a tour offered by Adventure Cycling Association: http://www.adventurecycling.org/guided-tours/family-fun-tours/2014-family-fun-great-allegheny-passage/:
Sunday-Drive to Cumberland, MD – Fairfield Inn and Suites

Monday-Pittsburgh, PA to West Newton 34 miles
Lodging: http://www.brightmorning.net/

Tuesday-West Newton to Connellsville, 22 miles
Lodging: http://www.campriversedge.com/cabins

Wednesday -Connellsville to Confluence 31miles
Lodging: http://www.riverviewkitchenettes.com

Thursday -Confluence to Meyersdale 31 miles
Lodging: Gram Grams Place http://www.gramgramsplace.com

Friday-Meyersdale, PA to Cumberland, MD 32miles
Lodging: Home

I highly recommend all the places we stayed, except the campground outside of Connellsville. They have a pool, which I thought the boys would use more than they did. I might look into a B&B in Connellsville if we do this again. The campground was fine, but it was located 3 miles outside town. Being in town would have worked better for us, and we wouldn’t have needed to carry the sleeping bags. If you wanted to camp each night, the Adventure Cycling itinerary (link above) would work well, as would the KOA campground.

More photos from the trip are here:

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