Moraine State Park is a Pennsylvania state park. It is located near the crossroads of I-79 and I-80 in Butler County. The park’s main feature is its man-made lake, Lake Arthur.
Our origin point for our bicycle ride was off North Shore Drive, at the bike rental place. Our end point was at the Moraine Outdoor Center.
Moraine State Park Bike Trail is asphalt paved in very good condition. It is an in and out, not loop, trail. The trail passes picnic areas, several parking lots, and restrooms. There are a few hill climbs. For the most part, though, the trail consists of gently rolling hills and several bends (some tight). We rode through both tree shaded and open sections and enjoyed the lake views along the way.
This is a video that Bob took with our GoPro7 camera during our bicycle ride.
I took several still images, while bicycling the trail.
It appears that the Outdoor Center itself offered food and beverages at one time. We met a woman on the grounds, who said that the building has been closed for some time.
In the GoPro video that I shared earlier, Bob captured me climbing up the hill that I hiked down to take this picture (and the next).
• Bicycle Miles Ridden – 15.2 miles
• Total Moving Time – 2 hours 7 minutes 31 seconds
Yesterday afternoon, after Bob came home from work, we rode our bicycles around Chapman Lake at Chapman State Park. The park is about 10 miles from our house, near the borough of Clarendon PA.
A larger sized map may be obtained here.
The trail around Chapman Lake was one of the more challenging short trails that we have ridden.The ride wasn’t difficult, just challenging.The challenge was due to trail surface variations from dirt to crossing a swinging bridge to grass to mud (Bob got stuck) to gravel (some loose).There was some paved road as well.The challenge on that road was a hill climb.I certainly enjoyed flying down, after cresting the hill!
Autumn colors are starting to show!
Here is a video of our ride that Bob shot with our GoPro7.
As stated in my previous blog post, we spent the past weekend in Hudson, Ohio. We went for a short morning bicycle ride and hoped to go on a longer ride on the 81-mile Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail that runs through Cuyohoga Valley National Park. About 21 miles of the 81-mile trail runs through the park.
The last weekend of summer was certainly a hot one. It was too hot for Bob and me to enjoy a bicycle ride on Saturday afternoon. We did, however, go on a shorter ride that evening on the canal towpath trail, when the temperature dropped to a more comfortable level.
We chose to begin our ride at the Beaver Marsh (Ira trailhead).
The Ira trailhead has statues that we had not seen on previous visits to Beaver Marsh.
As you can see, we were losing daylight.
We added only 3 miles (round trip) to our bicycle odometers. We rode from Beaver Marsh to Szalay’s Market (the Everett trailhead) and back.
We spent 3 nights this past weekend in Hudson, Ohio. We rented the Hudson Home AirBnB. The location of this AirBnB was ideal for our activities. We went bicycling on trails in and near Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and we visited the Cleveland Zoo. A food market and restaurants were within walking distance from our rental.
On Saturday, September 21, we went for a morning bicycle ride.We rode the Bike and Hike Trail to Brandywine Falls, located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.We started at the northern trailhead at Alexander Road in Sagamore Hills.
Bob used our GoPro camera to document some of our ride on the trail.
In a little more than 6 miles we reached the top of Brandywine Falls. The Bike & Hike Trail is 34 miles long, so we rode only a little more than one-sixth of the trail.
I walked along a boardwalk and hiked down some stairs to a falls viewing area.
The falling water was little more than a trickle, compared to other visits.This visit, by the way, was our first by bicycle.
Most rail-trails are fairly flat.The portion of the Bike and Hike Trail that we rode is flat in some parts, but there is a fair number of dips and rises as well.The approach to Brandywine Falls is one of those dips, and a long stretch at that.I hit 18 MPH at one point, until I applied the brakes.
Our initial plan was to ride to Brandywine Falls and back and, possibly, ride a portion of the O&E Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Not wanting to tackle the hill climb to leave Brandywine Falls, we decided Bob would ride back to the trailhead at Alexander Road and get the car.I would wait for him at Brandywine Falls.
Bob called at 11:09 am and said he should arrive in 12 minutes. Apparently Bob arrived at the car 30 minutes earlier.He spent 20 minutes having trouble following the GPS.He discovered that he had the GPS set for travel by bicycle!
The Allegheny River Trail is 30 miles in length. The trail runs on asphalt between Franklin and Emlenton for 27.5 miles and on an isolated section between Foxburg and Parker for 2.5 miles. It meets the Samuel Justus Recreation Trail in Franklin, crosses beneath the Sandy Creek Trail in East Sandy, and passes through two old railroad tunnels.
As for the Allegheny River Trail, we are riding that trail in segments. In early May of this year, we completed our first segment — Emlenton to Rockland (6 miles). In mid-August of this year we completed our second segment — Franklin to Belmar (5.1 miles). It is 6 miles from Rockland to Kennerdell.
We parked at the north end of Rockland Tunnel and rode to Kennerdell Tunnel and back.
Our bicycles are pointed toward Rockland Tunnel. In early May, when we rode the Allegheny River Trail for the first time, Bob rode through Rockland Tunnel. I did not. The 2,868-foot Rockland Tunnel is pitch black.Reflectors mark the trail edges and center.We had strong flashlights mounted on our bicycles.Almost as soon as I entered the tunnel, I began to feel claustrophobic.My arms and legs tensed up, and my balance felt off. I stopped and turned my bicycle around.As soon as I could see the light at the tunnel entrance, I began to feel better. Since that first visit, Bob purchased a strong headlamp. We both made a round trip through Rockland Tunnel on this visit.I made it through the tunnel fine, although a bit shaky.
Bob and I visited his sister and our brother-in-law a few years back at this cottage. They rented the cottage for a week, if I recall correctly. We would love to spend a long weekend here sometime!
The Kennerdell Tunnel is 3,350 feet long and pitch black.Reflectors mark the trail edges and center.
When we arrived at Kennerdell Tunnel, I chose not to ride through the tunnel. One tunnel ride was enough for me! Bob, however, did make a round trip ride through the tunnel. I am thankful that I did not ride through this tunnel. It is likely I would have fallen down, at the point when Bob was pushed off the trail by oncoming traffic.
Bob said that Kennerdell Tunnel seemed darker than Rockland Tunnel. Wearing sunglasses in the tunnel will do that!
I took a couple more pictures on our way back to the Rockland Trailhead.
On our way to Kennerdell, shortly after leaving the Rockland trailhead, we saw a deer standing alongside the trail. The GoPro camera didn’t capture a video of the deer.
If we happened upon that deer again, Bob wanted the GoPro camera armed and ready to shoot.
In my last blog post I mentioned that we purchased a GoPro 7 camera. Bob used that camera to document some of our ride on the trail. At the beginning of the video we ride through Rockland Tunnel. I am in the spotlight 🙂
It was an enjoyable ride along the river. I added 13.68 miles to my bicycle odometer.
Bob and I went to Erie on Saturday, September 7th.We went to Sam’s Club, where I purchased four 3-ring binders for my genealogy research.Bob purchased a pair of clip-on sunglasses for his new work glasses.We stopped at Dick’s Sporting Goods, where I looked for a pair of cycling pants (with padded bottoms).They had a very small collection of cycling clothes, and I didn’t care for what I saw.
After we were done shopping we drove to Presque Isle State Park, arriving there around noon.We rode our bicycles on the 13.4 mile Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail. Yes, we do ride this trail often. It is one of our favorite bicycle trails! If you click on the tag “Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail” at the bottom of this post, you can revisit the other times that we have ridden our bicycles on this trail.
We still haven’t toured the lighthouse…
During our bicycle ride we saw some of the 1,500 competitors who came out to tackle the 7th annual Barber Beast on the Bay. According to an Erie News Now article, the Barber Beast on the Bay is “a wild, demanding and creative obstacle course that stretches across 10 miles of Presque Isle State Park…[Participants] run, jump, climb and crawl across more than 30 obstacles on the shores of Lake Erie…The most important thing about the race is it raises money to help the children and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities and behavioral health challenges at the Barber National Institute…”
After riding our bicycles, we needed nourishment.We stopped for an early dinner (3:00 pm) at IHOP.Bob ordered a fish entree; I ordered chicken.Both meals were delicious.On our way home we stopped at Mr. Shivers for custard ice cream desserts.
We purchased a GoPro 7 camera on Amazon that evening.Happy early anniversary to us! (Our 21st wedding anniversary is on September 26th.) Expected delivery date of the camera is this coming Monday. We plan to use the GoPro on some of our bicycling adventures.