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Old 08-16-16, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
According to reports, the shuttle services are very expensive.

BTW...Haven't posted this in a while. It's the Capitol Limited passing through Rockwood across the river from Husky Haven campground. Turn your speakers up to get the realistic effect.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eBa1j8F0dk
I did Pgh to Rockwood in one day this year and for some strange reason barely noticed the trains while I was sleeping... Yeah, the trains are a nuisance but $10 for a campsite, spotless showers and a mountain of firewood can't be beat. I've ridden the GAP so many times now I think I can ride it with my eyes closed, yet I always look forward to a nice fire at Husky Haven. As an aside, I was saddened to see the BBQ place in Confluence is out of business.
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Originally Posted by edthesped
I did Pgh to Rockwood in one day this year and for some strange reason barely noticed the trains while I was sleeping... Yeah, the trains are a nuisance but $10 for a campsite, spotless showers and a mountain of firewood can't be beat. I've ridden the GAP so many times now I think I can ride it with my eyes closed, yet I always look forward to a nice fire at Husky Haven. As an aside, I was saddened to see the BBQ place in Confluence is out of business.

Don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed Husky Haven. I stayed there on a Sunday in September, after Labor Day. I was the only one there. Met the owner, who was doing some maintenance work. At dusk, I was sitting at my picnic table when a small owl swooped down about 15' away from me, snagged a chipmunk and flew off. I, too, love making fires, so the free firewood is a very nice touch. I like how they have the little shelters to keep it dry. I am actually a railroad guy, so I like the sound of trains. I just wonder how residents can sleep. The traffic died down in the middle of the night. I got up the next morning at 5 a.m. By 5:45, three trains had come through town. And unlike Connellsville, there was no used condom laying around.


I heard that the BBQ shut down. I got a half chicken from there and ate it somewhere along the trail. Very tasty, and they happily wrapped it up extra well so I could take it with me with no problems. It was the Steelers' home opener that day and the place was busy filling big take out orders. Shame the place couldn't make it.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed Husky Haven. I stayed there on a Sunday in September, after Labor Day. I was the only one there. Met the owner, who was doing some maintenance work. At dusk, I was sitting at my picnic table when a small owl swooped down about 15' away from me, snagged a chipmunk and flew off. I, too, love making fires, so the free firewood is a very nice touch. I like how they have the little shelters to keep it dry. I am actually a railroad guy, so I like the sound of trains. I just wonder how residents can sleep. The traffic died down in the middle of the night. I got up the next morning at 5 a.m. By 5:45, three trains had come through town. And unlike Connellsville, there was no used condom laying around.


I heard that the BBQ shut down. I got a half chicken from there and ate it somewhere along the trail. Very tasty, and they happily wrapped it up extra well so I could take it with me with no problems. It was the Steelers' home opener that day and the place was busy filling big take out orders. Shame the place couldn't make it.
I'm not much of a train guy but there aren't many quiet options along the GAP. Following my last overambitious ride I was just too exhausted to care. After riding >110 unplanned miles I was sitting by my nice fire at Husky Haven as the sun was starting to set, 8:15'ish, and my eyes were rolling back in my head. I was sacked out hard by 9 and don't remember much until I woke up around 8 then next morning. The wife is a bit put off by the train noise when she comes with me but the fire pit and clean bathrooms makes it worth it to her.
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