This was my Penultimate Day of my CO GAP Bike Tour.
Big Mileage Day
When I had looked over the daily mileage, it looked like I was going to bike 60 plus miles on the last day into Pittsburgh, from Connellsville to Pittsburgh, Mile 88 to Mile 150. That was a bunch of miles for my seventh day on the trail.
The Steelers were playing in Pittsburgh that Sunday afternoon. My husband hates cities and Pittsburgh driving-the combination of mountains, tunnels and rivers does not make Pittsburg an easy driving city.
The original plan was to end at mile 88 and sleep in Connellsville. I decided to push on past that town to Mile 110 Smithton. This would make the last day in Pittsburgh much shorter. It would be tough to bike past my hotel-but oh well. This would be mile 44 from Rockwood to Mile 110 in Smithton-big miles!
This was Laurel Highlands Day! One of my favorite spots on the planet.
Heading on out the trail, it was another day of seeing almost no bikers in the first few miles. I knew that would change as I got to Ohiopyle State Park.
The Gap Trail follows the Casselman River as I biked toward Confluence, very scenic views to see besides the green tunnel.
I had never visited Confluence before. It was a quiet little town, very different than the rocking atmosphere found in Ohiopyle.
Leaving Confluence, I found Ohiopyle State Park begins right around Confluence. Then the steady stream of bikers began. You can rent bikes in probably six or seven bike locations in Ohiopyle. The stores must send them all to the east, where the biker will be going on the slight uphill, meaning when they turn around, they can enjoy the slight downhill that I am enjoying.
Ohiopyle, my favorite trail town! It was packed, as to be expected on a Saturday.
Today I was dreaming of a hotdog for lunch. A chili cheese hotdog to be precise. I knew I could find it in Ohiopyle. While I would have loved to dine at the Falls City Pub for lunch, I knew the Falls Market was right off the trail, with good food and faster service than the pub.
It was not only a cheese hotdog, it had pulled pork instead of chili, and coleslaw on the top!
I had to take the obligatory picture of kayakers and rafters on the Yough as I biked over the river.
This Saturday was amazing. Nobody was biking on the western side going toward Connellsville. The few bikes I saw fell away very quickly in the distance.
My favorite picture I took on the entire trip, my sock monkey at the Yough Gorge overlook!
I biked into Connelsville. We were staying at the Cobblestone Inn and Suite, a pricey hotel right on the trail. It’s brand new. It wasn’t a bad place to stay, the bed was very comfortable. The fixtures are brand new but very cheap, it’s not going to wear well. I wonder what the rooms will look like in one year. There was also no light in the room other than a desk lamp on the desk. I had to take my bike into the hallway to check the air pressure.
Cobblestone Inn and Suites were very bike friendly I have to say. It was fine to take your bike in the room. Another biker had his dirty bike dripping in the lobby as he checked in.
The closer I am to finishing the daily miles the less pictures I take. It was cool to pass the 100 mile mark, but I was ready to be done with all these miles on the trail.
I was happy to see my husband at the pavilion at Mile 108, not 110! It’s amazing what two less miles can do for your spirit.
Wow, tomorrow is my last day on the trail! I can’t wait to get going!