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Great Allegheny Passage Ride

Surly LHT on The Great Allegheny Passage Trail

One of my favorite places to visit is the Laurel Highlands in southwestern Pennsylvania. 

I am lucky to have friends who live nearby. I try to make the most of my visits, though it is never an easy choice: Run the Laurel Highlands trail? Kayak the Middle Yough? Bike on the Great Allegheny Passage?

This past weekend Hubz and I chose the GAP trail for a fall bike ride. We were rewarded with falling leaves, a bit of changing foliage and perfect temperatures. 

We passed several cyclists with loaded panniers. I wonder if they were riding the entire trail?

Despite having explored only a few miles of this trail, we are deeply enamored with its scenic beauty, smooth 'packed crushed limestone' surface and easy-as-pie average 1% grade.

The foliage has already begun to turn up here in southwestern PennsylvaniaOne of my favorite spots between Ohiopyle and Confluence on the GAP

The trail narrows near Confluence.We always make a point of stopping to refuel and refresh ourselves at the sun-kissed deck of The Lucky Dog Cafe. There's something for everyone here whether you're vegetarian, Paleo or just want a cold beer. They even have grass-fed burgers!

Our favorite stop along the Great Allegheny Passage. Grass-fed burgers!

Bridge over Casselman River

We had a wonderful day on our bicycles, and rode just shy of 40 miles. 

One day I'd like to complete the entire route, either in sections or on a multi-day trip. 

Rumor has it my friend Lisa is riding the GAP and the C&O for a total of 334.5 miles. I am envious of her adventure!


  1. What lovely scenery! My friends and I will be there next weekend. Whether we'll be able to bike the C&O will depend on the government.

  2. Looks like great weather for a bike!!

  3. How totally lovely. You do such a nice job of capturing those sun-drenched afternoon treks, whether they're running or biking or whatever. And that cafe looks like the sweetest place on earth!


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