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Old 10-23-09, 12:41 PM   #1
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Biking Coal Country’s Tracks and Tunnels [NYT article with tandem pic]

In the New York Times (at least on the web) there is an interesting article about The Great Allegheny Passage rail trail.

Originally Posted by New York Times
The Great Allegheny Passage, which travels 132 miles from McKeesport, Pa., to Cumberland, Md., is part industrial history lesson, part nature excursion and part fun house, with thrilling and spooky moments: barely lighted corridors through mountainsides, whitecaps on rivers a hundred feet below and the lonely sound of a freight-train whistle.

Word is getting out that the trail is a world-class biking destination. Linda Boxx, president of the Allegheny Trail Alliance, a coalition of seven organizations that oversee the project, said 10,000 to 15,000 people rode a long-distance trip along it last year. The trail was built at the cost of $65 million after the rail tracks were abandoned in 1975.

The trail — which will eventually reach Pittsburgh, 18 miles from McKeesport — feels remote but is within a half-day’s drive of much of the Northeast. Along the way, bicyclists cross the Mason-Dixon Line, sweep through farmland and gain 1,750 feet of elevation from Cumberland west to the Eastern Continental Divide...
They have a pic of a tandem team, riding a coupled blue Co-Motion.

Tandem bicyclists on the trail.

Anybody recognize this team?
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Old 10-23-09, 06:42 PM   #2
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Don't know the team, but know the AP is all the writer said and more, particularly when ridden with the C&O Canal . Just a very cool experience...

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