The Start of the Great Allegheny Passage Trail
I slept horribly at the Fairfield Inn and Suites but so did my husband so maybe it was just the mattress. I was concerned about the 24 mile uphill to the Eastern Continental Divide.
I exited the hotel. Humidity just slapped me in the face. Find Mile Zero and I’m off! 150 miles to go!
First two miles of the Great Allegheny Passage Trail are flat. Yay, only 22 miles uphill!
Then the uphill begins.
It’s Not that Bad
The Railroad is not even 3% grade. As long as I biked beside the railroad tracks it would be manageable. I thought about how far I have come. A year ago, I would have been gasping in my granny gear, now I am pedaling along, in the middle gear, for 22 miles uphill! Who would have thought that?
Frostburg has a water fountain at the trail head.Hurray! I really didn’t want to ride up to the train depot although it was not very far up the hill.
The trail seemed to get steeper past Frostburg. I just kept up with the JRA ” just ride along” mantra. I played my music thru my little portable boombox and sang along.
Mason Dixon Line
I come to the Mason Dixon Line. The dividing line between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the symbolic divider of the North and South.
Big Savage Tunnel
I got to Big Savage Mountain Tunnel. It just seemed so “little” that a train did cross through this tunnel!
It was foggy and cold. The cold and fog didn’t bother me, I just didn’t want a head on collision with bikers in the opposite direction. I had my bike light and small hand held light on. The tunnel is also lit.
Eastern Continental Divide
There is a slight last climb to the ECD of course. At least there are other bikers there to take my picture.
I call to tell the husband I have made it to the ECD. He warns me of big thunderstorm heading my way. I check my phone. Yep, it looks like a big storm!
Somehow the storm goes around me. I’m stoked to be on a downslope now, and make one quick stop in Meyersdale for an ice cream sandwich.
before biking on to Rockwood. I’m a little leery of the “end of the day” flat tire, but I believe I’ve got the pebble out and flat tires should be a thing of the past.
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