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Off to ride the GAP this weekend!

Old 10-08-10, 02:28 PM
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Off to ride the GAP this weekend!

Well, after two years of trying to get to it, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to go ride the GAP trail from Cumberland to Pittsburgh this weekend. I decided at lunch today and am frantically packing! Logistics of getting to/from the trail have long confused me, but I'm going to try two one-way car rentals from Hertz. Picked up a one-way car from home (Philly area) for $63 total, which is pretty cheap. Back from Pittsburgh I planning on a one-way rental picked up at Allegheny County Airport, which isn't too far from Mckeesport from the looks of it (cost is around $110).

So, if you see a guy on a red Co-Motion S&S flat-bar bike with red Ortlieb panniers this weekend, say howdy!

Brian
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Awesome. Have fun (and post pics when you get home!).
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+1 on photos.

We love the journals at crazyguyonabike.com too...
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Wife and I will be there tomorrow... (Later today now actually!)
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Originally Posted by briwasson
Well, after two years of trying to get to it, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to go ride the GAP trail from Cumberland to Pittsburgh this weekend. I decided at lunch today and am frantically packing! Logistics of getting to/from the trail have long confused me, but I'm going to try two one-way car rentals from Hertz. Picked up a one-way car from home (Philly area) for $63 total, which is pretty cheap. Back from Pittsburgh I planning on a one-way rental picked up at Allegheny County Airport, which isn't too far from Mckeesport from the looks of it (cost is around $110).

So, if you see a guy on a red Co-Motion S&S flat-bar bike with red Ortlieb panniers this weekend, say howdy!

Brian
You can get close to the airport using the Montour Trail, which connects to the GAP via the Steel Valley Trail in McKeesport.

I was on the trail last week. Conditions were good and leaves were changing color.
 
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Originally Posted by The Historian
You can get close to the airport using the Montour Trail, which connects to the GAP via the Steel Valley Trail in McKeesport.

I was on the trail last week. Conditions were good and leaves were changing color.
That is the Pittsburgh International Airport. He is going to County. It is a rather steep and high traffic road up to County from the airport. briwasson, if you can read this before you hit the end of the trail and want a ride up to the airport, just PM me.

But is is not too bad of a ride. I would do it. Hopefully you will be riding on Sunday and traffic will not be bad at all. But the raos won't be any less steep.
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Originally Posted by The Historian
I was on the trail last week. Conditions were good and leaves were changing color.
Yup, beautiful this weekend. LOTS of people on the trail, both walkers and cyclists. Few idiots among them as can be expected. Almost got taken out by some fool that though it was perfectly acceptable to pass crowds of people and in doing so force oncoming traffic into the grass.

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Got back last night and had a great time, except for the end between Mckeesport and the County airport. The ride into Mckeesport was a terrible routing, right through an industrial zone with pipe-carrying tractor trailers "sharing the road" (not) with the bike path. I should have crossed at Boston and rode on the other side of the river. Oh well, I'll know for next time. In general I really enjoyed the trail, and the foliage was beautiful. The ending just left a bad taste in my mouth (figuratively and literally, as I had a face full of dust from following the trucks at the end).

Spinnaker, you ain't kidding that the ride from Dravosburg up to the county airport is steep! Wow. Thanks for the offer of a ride, I thought about contacting you, but the trip was so last minute that I didn't think it was polite to do so (plus I arrived in PGH on a Monday). Had to walk half of it after I crossed over the bridge on a busy road with no sidewalks, but I survived. I'm planning to write the trip up in the next week or so, with pics, and will post when/where it's located. I may try the CrazyGuy site this time. In the past I've posted my trip reports on my personal website (see https://www.brianwasson.com/trips for writeups of trips to Czech Republic and Austria) but I think the Crazyguy site gets more visibility.

This forum has been very helpful for gleaning hints about the trip! Thanks to all who have posted over the years.
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Originally Posted by briwasson
Got back last night and had a great time, except for the end between Mckeesport and the County airport. The ride into Mckeesport was a terrible routing, right through an industrial zone with pipe-carrying tractor trailers "sharing the road" (not) with the bike path. I should have crossed at Boston and rode on the other side of the river. Oh well, I'll know for next time. In general I really enjoyed the trail, and the foliage was beautiful. The ending just left a bad taste in my mouth (figuratively and literally, as I had a face full of dust from following the trucks at the end).

Spinnaker, you ain't kidding that the ride from Dravosburg up to the county airport is steep! Wow. Thanks for the offer of a ride, I thought about contacting you, but the trip was so last minute that I didn't think it was polite to do so (plus I arrived in PGH on a Monday). Had to walk half of it after I crossed over the bridge on a busy road with no sidewalks, but I survived. I'm planning to write the trip up in the next week or so, with pics, and will post when/where it's located. I may try the CrazyGuy site this time. In the past I've posted my trip reports on my personal website (see https://www.brianwasson.com/trips for writeups of trips to Czech Republic and Austria) but I think the Crazyguy site gets more visibility.

This forum has been very helpful for gleaning hints about the trip! Thanks to all who have posted over the years.
If I didn't want you to contact me then I wouldn't have offered! Actually it was kind of nice, I got a 50 mile ride in from my house down the Montour Trail and up the Panhandle Trail. Pretty nice ride.

Did you take River Road out of Boston? If you did then you did good. Crossing over to Mckeesport is a mistake IMHO. The trail is worthless glass field waste of space. You have to ride on the street and there is a lot more traffic there then on the Boston side. Plus the crime is higher in Mckeesport. I never had any issues but no sense tempting fate, if you don't have to.
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Yes, I stayed on the "official" trail that dumps you into the industrial yard on the opposite side of the river from McKeesport. I got mightily lost for a while: headed across the bridge into Mckeesport, rode back toward Boston a bit (I guess) on the "loop" trail, had lunch at some BBQ place, then retraced my steps and headed back across the 15th street bridge. And that's where things went really wrong: I thought the 15th street bridge was actually the 5th street bridge (which is what I needed), due to there not being any street signs. Thinking I was on 5th street I rode up a HUGE hill up to "Port Vue," only to then realize my mistake after consulting with some helpful residents. So, back down to River Road, then I rode River Rd. down to the 5th street bridge and then over to the other big hill up to the County airport. Arghh. I think I could have done the hill to the airport if I hadn't used up my last energy on the Port Vue hills.

No offense to any Mckeesportians on the forum, but wow, not the kind of area I usually like to ride my bike in. I'm from Philly, so I probably have a higher tolerance for this sort of landscape than many, but I'm really surprised they routed the trail through there. I think dodging the fully loaded big rigs was probably the lesser of two evils on the route there.
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So it sounds like you did encounter the mess in Mckeesport? Yeah a mistake. It is best just to stay on the Boston side of the river and use River Rd. It gets very little traffic. You are then on the same side of the river as the Steel Valley Trail which connects to the Montour Trial, should you choose to take the Montour.
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