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Riding the GAP: Pittsburgh PA to Cumberland MD in 2 Days

Old 10-25-21, 07:08 AM
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Riding the GAP: Pittsburgh PA to Cumberland MD in 2 Days

My bike and I took Amtrak from Washington DC to Pittsburgh PA, then I rode back to Cumberland over 2 days - where my wife met me and we had a fun filled but wet weekend at Deep Creek Lake.

Cycleblaze journal here.


At GAP Mile Zero in Cumberland, feeling good after 150 miles.
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Old 10-29-21, 11:24 AM
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2 days !?!? Go You !! I did Pittsburgh to Cumberland over 3 hot & humid days in August.
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Old 10-30-21, 07:13 AM
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Definitely cool and mostly sunny for me!

I uploaded the first day's ride to ReLive, so an animation of that ride is here.
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Originally Posted by jpescatore View Post
Definitely cool and mostly sunny for me!

I uploaded the first day's ride to ReLive, so an animation of that ride is here.
That's a really cool animation. Pittsburgh to Confluence in one day is impressive riding, in my book.
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I've done a century ride this year and several 75+ mile rides, so my legs and the rear end were in decent shape - especially for a flat ride like the GAP.

Uploaded the second day from Confluence to Cumberland - Relive animation here.
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Very cool, I would like to do that ride.

I'm in the initial stages of planning to ride the North Bend Rail Trail in WV. From what I can tell most of the 70 miles is currently closed but if it is open in May 2022 then I think I will do it.

My plan is to get my brother to drive with me to Clarksburg, which is an 8 hour drive from here, stay overnight there and hop on the trail at Wolf Summit early in the morning. My brother can take in the sights while I ride to Parkersburg where he can pick me up. I think it would be about a 7 hour ride. I also will probably head over to Spruce Knob and do that climb the next day.
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Originally Posted by Thomas15 View Post
Very cool, I would like to do that ride.

I'm in the initial stages of planning to ride the North Bend Rail Trail in WV. From what I can tell most of the 70 miles is currently closed but if it is open in May 2022 then I think I will do it.
I'd never heard of this trail. I did some poking around, it looks interesting. Last month I did a bicycle camping trip along the 62-mile Pine Creek Rail Trail in northern PA, and it was great (apart from the weather not being as nice as it could have been.) It was my first time doing something like that (I've done a few "mini" bike camping trips on roads), and I really enjoyed it, and was thinking I'd love to find similar trip opportunities elsewhere.
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My wife and I did day riding on the Pine Creek Trail years ago, staying at a B&B in Wellsboro - really enjoyed that trail.

A great similar trip for you would have been the Delaware and Lehigh trail in PA - we did that 3 years ago. But it got hit hard by the flooding in September, and long stretches were completely trashed - not sure it can be recovered by 2022.

The year before that we did parts of what someday will be the Pittsburgh to Erie Trail, it is getting more interconnected each year. We did Oil City to Kennerdell, I forget the names of the actual trails we were on but the Pittsburgh to Erie trail sites lists them all.
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My wife and I did day riding on the Pine Creek Trail years ago, staying at a B&B in Wellsboro - really enjoyed that trail.
Pine Creek Trail during my 2017 Erie to Philly tour. I got on at Ansonia, a bit south of Wellsboro, and continued south. He was on my side of the creek and must have heard me coming. Heard a big splash, looked over and saw him swimming across. Managed to stop in time (nearly wiped out slamming on the brakes), fire up the camera and get a couple of shots before he disappeared into the brush.

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Hope you rode around Deep Creek, great area to ride.
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Has anyone done the GAP for fall foliage outing> If so how was it?
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Has anyone done the GAP for fall foliage outing> If so how was it?
What time of the fall are you thinking. Iíve done it three times starting the Saturday after Labor Day.

I found that to be a good time. Not crowded if you need indoor accommodations. (I camped.) My understanding is that it can get busier during the height of the fall foliage season. Leaves havenít completely covered the trail, obscuring obstacles. Not too cool at night. But you can get some warm, humid days.
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I rode a 32 mile out-and-back from Garrett, PA to the Mason Dixon Line on Oct. 14, 2020. The leaves were good but not great that year. The trail was not very busy (it was a Wednesday).


I didn't stop at any restaurants or use any lodging, so I have no idea how things were in that regard. In 2021, the weather delayed the color change quite a bit and then some trees went from green to brown, sorta skipping the great colors.

Friends rode the GAP in mid May last year and found that a lot of places weren't open and staffing was an issue at places that were open. Hopefully things will settle down by the time the OP rides.

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Vey cool

Originally Posted by jpescatore View Post
I've done a century ride this year and several 75+ mile rides, so my legs and the rear end were in decent shape - especially for a flat ride like the GAP.

Uploaded the second day from Confluence to Cumberland - Relive animation here.
thx for this. I hope to do when foliage is changing...
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thx for this. I hope to do when foliage is changing...
Added a photo to my last entry for you.
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Added a photo to my last entry for you.
That was cool of you ty!
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Great write up! Its a fun trip, thanks.
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Google "The Great Ride" on YT for a hour long video on the GAP and C&O that was produced by our local PBS station. You might enjoy it.
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