Last weekend Hubz and I went hiking in Shenandoah National Park. We chose the Pass Mountain Trail just outside of Sperryville. It's similar to Dickey Ridge Trail (though a bit rockier) with a steady, continuous climb, but without the foot traffic.
|Elevation profiles courtesy of Bill Sublett|
Neither climb is as steep as it looks here.
We hiked up Pass Mountain Trail for three miles where it joins the Appalachian Trail. We trekked north for another three miles, checking out the Pass Mountain Hut shelter and greeting three thru-hikers we encountered.
|Hubz doing some squats during our hike|
We also returned to the Great Allegheny Passage rail trail for a Spring bike ride. After a brief discussion about heading north for a change, our local friends talked us out of it. Disadvantages of heading north: It's not as scenic, there's a dearth of lunch options and the return ride has a slight uphill grade versus a lovely downhill cruise.
The Lucky Dog Cafe is just 11 miles south of our starting point in Ohiopyle, PA. Our strategy was to ride 15 1/2 miles, then turn around and stop for lunch at 20 miles.
|Sign along the GAP trail|
Spring along the GAP trail is incredibly green, lush, wildflowers everywhere. It was a noticeable contrast to the scenery here last Fall.
Our much-anticipated lunch did not disappoint. One more benefit of riding a bicycle vs. running: You can still ride a bicycle after gorging yourself.
|Grass-Fed Hawaiian burger|
|The Surly LHT at The Lucky Dog Cafe|
|Bike parking aplenty|
I hope your Spring has been as enjoyable as ours has.
What adventures have you been on or what are you planning for this summer? I'm always looking for inspiration.