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Old 09-08-08, 11:10 AM   #1
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Route Ideas to the Allegheny Passage

I am leaving on Saturday from Toledo Ohio to the Allegheny Passage, from there I will continue on to Washinton DC. I am not familiar with the Pittsburgh area so I am looking for the best way in to pick up the trail.

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Old 09-08-08, 02:55 PM   #2
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We just got back from doing this trip. It was glorious! Watch out for black bears! One ran right between us outside of Confluence! We started in McKeesport and went about 60 miles each day. It was a push to do that, with not a lot of sightseeing time. The path is great till Cumberland, then the C and O starts and its tougher. We could not have done 60 miles on the C and O if wet. What do you want to see along the way?
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You might check out the Bicycle PA routes on the PA Dept of Transportation website.
The routes were well marked as I skirted around Pittsburgh and connected to the Allegheny Passage.
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You'll love it! Are you aware that there's a GAP Yahoo Group where you can get lots of information? Check out http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Great_Allegheny_Passage/. I'm sure someone there can help you, as many people ride to the Passage from Ohio.

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I didn't realize the GAP goes to Toledo! I can't find anything about this online, do you have a route or a map?
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When do you plan on reaching the trail? I plan on leaving next Wensday afternoon (Sept 17) to head to DC. I plan on reaching DC by Sunday afternoon. Maybe we will see each other on the route.

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I didn't realize the GAP goes to Toledo! I can't find anything about this online, do you have a route or a map?
The GAP doesn't go to Toledo, Neil.
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I am leaving on Saturday from Toledo Ohio to the Allegheny Passage, from there I will continue on to Washinton DC. I am not familiar with the Pittsburgh area so I am looking for the best way in to pick up the trail.

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One suggestion, which may or may not be practical:

Ride to Colliers, WV, and pick up the Panhandle Trail, follow it to the Montour Trail, ride it and the hilly on-road sections to Clairton, then follow the Steel Valley Trail to McKeesport to the GAP start.
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The GAP doesn't go to Toledo, Neil.
I assume there's a route, then...? I'm curious since Pittsburgh to Battle Creek is a possibility for summer 2009.
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I assume there's a route, then...? I'm curious since Pittsburgh to Battle Creek is a possibility for summer 2009.
There's a book on the "Cleveland connector", but I've never read it.
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I got a lot of suggestions in this Pittsburgh - Chicago thread a while back.
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One suggestion, which may or may not be practical:

Ride to Colliers, WV, and pick up the Panhandle Trail, follow it to the Montour Trail, ride it and the hilly on-road sections to Clairton, then follow the Steel Valley Trail to McKeesport to the GAP start.
You can ride National Road from Columbus to Wheeling, WV then take 2 up to Wierton/Colliers. From there it's bike trails (a little on road) all the way to DC. I'll let you camp in my yard if you want, I'm in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

I don't know the best way to get from Toldedo to Columbus.

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Toledo to GAP?

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I am leaving on Saturday from Toledo Ohio to the Allegheny Passage, from there I will continue on to Washinton DC. I am not familiar with the Pittsburgh area so I am looking for the best way in to pick up the trail.

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How do you tranve from Toledo to Pittsburgh?
Roads or Trail?
Where I can find info?
thank you.
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I could find my way down to Wierton / Colliers.....what trails am I looking for from there?

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Last fall I rode from FT Wayne to Pittsburgh. Pretty easy ride until New Philadelphia, then you have a bunch of short but often steep hills. I retraced the route on Google maps . You just have to make your own way down from Toledo, the maps ends at the Panhandle Trail.

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I could find my way down to Wierton / Colliers.....what trails am I looking for from there?

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You want the:

Panhandle Trail
http://www.panhandletrail.org/

Then the:

Montour Run Trail
http://www.montourtrail.org/

Then the:

Steel Valley Trail to the GAP in McKeesport
http://www.steelvalleytrail.org/trail.htm


I did this ride from St. Clairsville, OH -> West Newton, PA on the GAP and it was a good time. Hope this info helps.

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You want the:

Panhandle Trail
http://www.panhandletrail.org/

Then the:

Montour Run Trail
http://www.montourtrail.org/

Then the:

Steel Valley Trail to the GAP in McKeesport
http://www.steelvalleytrail.org/trail.htm


I did this ride from St. Clairsville, OH -> West Newton, PA on the GAP and it was a good time. Hope this info helps.

wes

One more thing, St. C., OH -> Weirton, WV is ~37 miles and Weirton, WV to West Newton, PA is ~80 miles on the routes mentioned above. I did this on two different days.

That's it!
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