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Western Pennsylvania Hub and Spoke trip

Old 10-05-21, 04:49 PM
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Western Pennsylvania Hub and Spoke trip

Last week I scratched an itch I’ve had - a wanderlust that’s been too much suppressed due to you-know-what. I drove out to western Pennsylvania, camped at a State Park (the hub) and traveled short distances to ride several local trails (the spokes).

Day one I drove west thru a cold front with rain that was moving east. IOW I drove under the thing and out the other side. The weather from there on was pretty great. At Breezewood, PA I made a brief stop to check out a small part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike that was abandoned 50 years ago. It just sits there now, unused, un-maintained and regularly explored by folks who are not too frightened of Zombies. I only cycled to the Rays Hill Tunnel (one of two in that 13 miles stretch). Creepy but I engaged my lamp and cycled about 1 mile to the other end then turned and back to the car.

From there I drove to Tatesville, PA and rode the Huntington and Broadtop Rail Trail. An OK trail but a bit too straight and open for me. Nice scenery but the journey seemeto go slowly since the verges were cut back so far. The trees were well back as well. Too easy to see way down the trail. Nice but not my cuppa.Camped that night which was clear and cool. Lots of stars in the sky.


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Wednesday went very well. I drove to Black Lick , PA and navigated 52 miles of the Ghost Town Trail. The trail, as did the railroad, closely follows the Black Lick Creek. This is very pretty and relaxing. Excellent surface and nice foliage starting to turn colors. Found a pleasant spot for lunch, just watching the river go by. The trail’s name reflects the long lost points of activity related to the coal and lumber industry that lived on many such creeks and rivers in PA. Many were dealt a death blow by the floods of 1977. Lots of ghosts now.


Just me, the bike and nature. For hours on end.



John Hartford: Just watching the river go by.
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Thursday had me exploring the flood pool above the USACE Conemaugh dam near Blairsville. A fun, low mileage day. The West Penn trail, from the far east end, runs flat and straight across the “flood pool” above the dam. The river is normally 900’ above sea level so the trail is dry. During heavy extended rain the pool can rise to as much as 975 feet and submerge 6800 acres of the valley. That day was little flooding so the trail was clear right to the 1907 Bow Ridge tunnel. Now blocked to contain flood waters, the only passage is, what appears to be, straight up the hill 110 feet via stairs and switch backs. Pretty impressive for this old man and his mountain bike. But very interesting. I’ll have to “put a plug in it” as I can go on all day since I’m an engineer who found it all very interesting. A great ride.



Very quiet Conemaugh River. No floods today
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Friday at dawn I was packed and heading east for home. But I stopped outside Carlile, PA at Newville to ride the Cumberland Valley trail down to the Shippensburg University campus. I found the trail surprisingly enjoyable as it traverses agricultural land the whole way. Some fields await harvest, some being harvested (with those green/yellow machines of course) and others fully harvested, just dirt and stubble. Lots of fine shade with startling panoramic views of central Pennsylvania here and there. Great way to end a great trip. I’ll do this one again too.


The trail had 2 or 3 of these views. Makes you want to stop and pitch the tent.

The 1995 drop bar’d Trek 850 was the right bike choice. Sturdy but easy to ride with 1.95” knobbies, it handled all sorts of trail and single track conditions and stayed comfortable. Glad I took the trip and hit “the weather glass” just right.
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Great idea thanks for posting.
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