My 50th birthday was on September 8th, and because I was out of town on business at the time, I had to wait until the 12th to make my birthday ride. I planned on a 50 mile jaunt, despite the fact that 30 miles is about as far as I've ever ridden in one trip. So I tried to go easy on myself by picking a rail trail. At least there weren't a lot of hills.
My wife and I journeyed from our home near Cleveland, OH to the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. We started riding together at Ohiopyle State Park. The Ohiopyle depot area was crowded with bikers, and we were surprised to find an organized ride going on this particular Sunday. We left among a small group of other riders, arriving in Confluence, PA for lunch (only 11 miles away). Confluence is the site where young George Washington was involved in the start of the French and Indian War. The third photo is taken near a historical marker about the site. The trail is all hardpack, with a few short paved stretches near town. I'm glad I chose to ride my comfort bike for this trip - the gel saddle and suspension seatpost were much appreciated!
We rode back to Ohiopyle after lunch, and my wife dropped out after 23 miles total. I continued on the trail to Connelsville, PA (17 more miles), where Sally met me with a refill for my water bottles. After 40 miles, I was unsure how to continue. We finally decided that I would simply proceed five more miles up the trail, then ride back. There was no convenient pickup point anywhere near the 50 mile point, and I wasn't sure I could make it much further than that.
So, I chugged out 5 more miles, and came back the now mostly downhill route to the end. Along the way, I took a few pictures of the gorgeous scenery, and one of my trusty (rusty?) steed. All in all it was a great ride, and I highly recommend the trail!