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Old 05-27-19, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Rob_E View Post
Not a bike trail. Just a trail. I think thereís a sign saying to walk your bike, but sign or no, I predict you will walk your bike. It is short on the map, but steep and unpleasant and it does not feel short at the end of the day.
It is very steep and very rocky. I don't see how anyone would be able to ride up except maybe the most fit rider. Once you are up, there is more up as you need to get to the office.

If you are going up there and have food, it is probably OK. But if you plan on coming into town for meals, I don't think it is worth the climb.

@robow and I tried to camp there one year. We got to the top. Realizing we needed to go back into town for dinner, we said screw it, went into town and ot a room.
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Old 05-27-19, 12:03 PM
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On an unloaded mountain bike, the trail would be work but fun to climb. But on my loaded touring bike with treadless tires, it was too rutted and slippery and I eventually had to walk my bike. Now that was a while back and so things may have changed.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
I reserved a campsite at Ohiopyle SP Thurs-Sun June 13-16 and will be riding to GAP from there both ways. I cruised through a few years ago a week before July 4 and didnít find it crowded. Now I hear of congestion. I guess I can deal with it Iíve dealt with Houston rush hour many times Once my camp is setup I wonít have to venture far because I will be fully stocked and wonít have a need for eateries. Anyways Iím going to be there crowded or not. The Pittsburgh Gazette said they got some construction done in time for the Memorial Day weekend. My bike wonít be loaded down too much just a half frame bag. Got in a 3 hour traffic jam in Cincinnati due to bridge construction on my last trip to PA talk about watching other motorists lose it I just cranked up Ozzys Boneyard on XM radio a chilled. What else can you do? If the climb from the trail head is too steep I will just walk to bike up. On the C&O a few years ago a tunnel was close so you went hiking for a few miles. Iím going to ride the GAP but will also taking time to chill jump in the river and relax some. We went to Ohiopyle all the time when we lived in Pittsburgh but it was 1973 . Whatever the situation will be Iím going to have a blast.
You will have to walk the bike up. Unless it has changed, the, "trail," is very rocky and steep, and not something you will ride a loaded bike up. I walked my bike up after a 70 mile day though, and I will say it was probably the most difficult part of the day. The initial climb from where I live in the Pittsburgh area was rough, but that "walk" up to the campground was tough after the day I had. I love the campground though.
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Originally Posted by robow View Post
On an unloaded mountain bike, the trail would be work but fun to climb. But on my loaded touring bike with treadless tires, it was too rutted and slippery and I eventually had to walk my bike. Now that was a while back and so things may have changed.
If anything, it is actually worse now. But I am not planning to find out either way. I will leave that up to a much younger more intrepid soul.
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You guys thanks for all the heads up on stuff. I will be driving over 1500 miles to get here. Luckily I have a sag wagon to assist me so if the incline is a mother I’ll jump in the sag wagon I’m all crazy excited about this trip looking forward in a few weeks
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Here is a quick update - our 3 day tour was awesome! We decided to do it in SE direction and that was the right choice - I now appreciate the point about the views only get better as you go with the highlight of Easter continental divide coming up on the third day. It would've been disappointing and perhaps anti-climatic to go in the other direction. Here is quick recap if someone bumps into this thread and would be looking for suggestions:
Day 1 - started late ~11am from University/Oakland area as out flight only got in at midnight and we needed time to assemble the bike. Late lunch at West Newton and then overnight stay and dinner at The Inn At Lenora's at Perryopolis. The town is small but have a picturesque polish catholic church (Byzantine Catholic church). I wish we new in advance to arrange the visit to see inside of it - apparently it is very beautiful! The inn and the restaurant were just amazing - just outstanding hospitality. We were the only guests (July 4th) but felt super-welcomed. One of my favorite B&B stays of all time. The dinner was wonderful - pricey (especially wine) but worth it.
Day 2 - started after wonderful breakfast and received road snacks from the hostess. Rode to Ohiopyle where we've arranged for a shuttle to take us to Fallingwater for 1pm tour. Amazing place - highly recommended! By the time we were ready to roll again it started raining a bit. We've waited for the rain to stop and rode to Confluence where we stayed overnight at Confluence House Bed & Breakfast. Ok place but somewhat disappointing as far as B&B experience goes (self-check in, breakfast is tasty but clearly cooked a day before). Had dinner in River's Edge Cafe - very good, call in advance to reserve patio seating - great views!
Day 3 - Rode to Confluence. Highlight views of the trail - viaducts, tunnels, waterfalls, bridges... Once over the continental divide we nearly doubled our speed. Took Amtrak back to Pitt. Train was late but that gave us more time for food and drinks on Baltimore street...





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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
You guys thanks for all the heads up on stuff. I will be driving over 1500 miles to get here. Luckily I have a sag wagon to assist me so if the incline is a mother Iíll jump in the sag wagon Iím all crazy excited about this trip looking forward in a few weeks
I'm impressed! I always thought of GAP as being more for regional folks but I guess it is a bit unique in the US.

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Here is a quick update - our 3 day tour was awesome! (snip) Day 2 - started after wonderful breakfast and received road snacks from the hostess. Rode to Ohiopyle where we've arranged for a shuttle to take us to Fallingwater for 1pm tour. Amazing place - highly recommended!

Pretty, I missed prev mentions that Fallingwater was so close to GAP. Some folks say Rt 381 is hairy but I dunno...PA is full of hilly/narrow/twisty roads...little local flavor maybe.
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Buffalo Bill's house (sans basement) from "The Silence of the Lambs" is across the river from Perryopolis. It was on the market for a long time and finally sold a few years ago.
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Old 07-12-19, 05:17 AM
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I'm impressed! I always thought of GAP as being more for regional folks but I guess it is a bit unique in the US.
People come from all over the world to ride the GAP. I hosted a couple from Germany that planned on ending their round the world tour on the GAP / C&O


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Pretty, I missed prev mentions that Fallingwater was so close to GAP. Some folks say Rt 381 is hairy but I dunno...PA is full of hilly/narrow/twisty roads...little local flavor maybe.
There is a shuttle.
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Old 07-12-19, 10:32 AM
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Thanks for the update, and well done! I'm glad you had a great time. It is a wonderful ride. My wife and I ride the GAP often since we live near. SO happy to hear from others who enjoy it as much as we do.
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