The Panhandle Trail
The Panhandle Trail is a Rails to Trail stretching from Weirton West Virginia east to Carnegie, Pennsylvania, about 29 miles long. Weirton WV is about an hour drive for me, so that was my starting point.
West Virginia Start
It was easy to find the trail head in Weirton. I got all my gear assembled. I only forgot my chapstick. Off I went! The WV portion of the trail is limestone/dirt. The first mile was a bit muddy, as there had been a good rainstorm two days ago. I knew the trail had a gradual uphill incline in this eastward direction. I still felt kind of sluggish. It started out being a nice bluebird blue sky ride.
On to Pennsylvania
How I Fared
It was a good ride. It was a bit cold, yet I could feel myself sweating. There seemed to be a headwind both ways, how does that work?
I greatly under fueled for the ride. I am actively trying to follow Weight Watchers, and only brought a string cheese and some Vanilla Wafers as fuel. As in running, I saw more folks close to where the trail heads were.
The sun disappear and the skies clouded over. WIth the bit of wind that picked up, I was glad I had worn what I had: a tech shirt, a long sleeve biking jersey, with a stretchy blue jacket over that. I swapped out my sweaty buff on the way back for my wool buff. I did use of my paniers to carry my bike repair, spare bottle of water, too little food, and my spare buff. I was glad to have my full biking gloves on.
The Panhandle is a very nice trail. It is out in the open, so I could only imagine it’s hot in the summer.
I biked 15 miles out and back, 30 miles is my biggest effort for the year-so I am a bit tired now!