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Great Allegheny Passage – Confluence to Ohiopyle, PA


Our wedding anniversary was this past Sunday, on September 26th. We decided to take an anniversary trip to Confluence PA, where we spent 3 nights at an Airbnb. We brought our bicycles with us.

Around 10:00 am on Monday, September 27th, we left on a bicycle ride.  Entry to the Great Allegheny Passage was a couple blocks from our Airbnb.  We rode from Confluence to Ohiopyle.

This is a video that Bob took with our GoPro7 camera during our bicycle ride.

I took several still images, while bicycling the trail.

Great Allegheny Passage
I am looking across the bike/pedestrian bridge
that we had just crossed over from Confluence.
The Great Allegheny Passage runs 150 miles between
Cumberland, MD and Pittsburgh, PA.
We rode the 10 miles between Confluence and Ohiopyle.
We rode along the meandering Youghiogheny River
through a mostly forested trail.
The trail surface itself was mainly crushed stone.
Youghiogheny River
Opposite the river on one part of the trail was a wall of rocks.
What a nice resting spot along the trail!
Ohiopyle, PA
We had a picnic lunch here.
At this portion of the trail we were on our way from Ohiopyle to Connellsville.
We did cross over the bridge, but rode no further.

I am very pleased with myself that I was able to complete the Great American Passage from Confluence to Ohiopyle.  I have ridden very little this year. I may have been able to make the return trip, but I didn’t want to push it.  My knee hurt, and the pain would undoubtedly worsen.  Bob rode back to Confluence to get the car. 

After Bob left I rode my bicycle downhill, just a short way back from where we had our picnic, to Ohiopyle State Park. I walked a short way along the Youghiogheny River, admiring the rapids and waterfalls. 

This is the bridge that we rode across
before Bob rode back to Confluence to get our car.
Youghiogheny River
Ohiopyle Falls on the Youghiogheny River
Overlook of Ohiopyle Falls on the Youghiogheny River

I found a shady bench near the Visitor Center.  I could hear the roar of Ohiopyle Falls behind me.  It was a pleasant place to await Bob’s return.

Bob returned to Ohiopyle shortly before 3:00 pm. He said it took him 45 minutes to make the return trip on the Great Allegheny Passage. His average speed was about 13 MPH. Bob took a shower at the Airbnb, before driving back to Ohiopyle.

Ira Trailhead to Peninsula and Return

We vacationed the week of June 25 through July 2 in Hudson, Ohio. We brought our bicycles with us, intending to bicycle the entire Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park several times during the week. Because of extreme heat and high humidity and rain we ended up riding only a small portion of the trail.

On Saturday, June 26th, we drove to Cuyahoga Valley National Park and bicycled the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail from the Ira Trailhead to Peninsula and back. 

This is a video that Bob took with our GoPro7 camera during our bicycle ride.

Highlights of our ride included obtaining a national park passport stamp in Peninsula, watching a train cross over above the trail, and seeing a Great Blue Heron just south of the Beaver Marsh. We began our bicycle ride at approximately 9:30 am and finished at 11:07 am (1 hour 30 minutes and 48 seconds later). I took only two pictures.

We stopped at the Beaver Marsh
on our way back to the Ira Trailhead from Peninsula.
Just south of the Beaver Marsh we saw a Great Blue Heron.

Total bicycle miles ridden: 10.15 miles.

Allegany State Park Bicycle Ride

Yesterday we went on our first bicycle ride this year outside of Warren.  We transported our bicycles to the Quaker Run area of Allegany State Park.

We met our friend Liz at the Quaker General Store.  The three of us rode the new Quaker Run Multi-Use Trail (3.2 miles round trip). We didn’t realize that the trail from the Quaker General Store to the Taft Cabin was a slight uphill climb, until we turned around and began our ride back to the Quaker Store.  We coasted most of the way back to the Quaker Store.

The new Quaker Run Multi-Use Trail is being built in two phases.  We rode on Phase 1 of the trail.  The second phase of the trail has begun and will run from the Quaker General Store to the Quaker Lake Beach.  When completed, the trail will run over 5 miles.  We are looking forward to the completion of this trail!

When we finished bicycling the Quaker Run Multi-Use Trail, we transported our bicycles to the Red House area and bicycled around Red House Lake (a 3-mile loop).  This trail was somewhat more strenuous, as there were definite hills to ride (or walk) up.  Borrowing the words from a friend “I was feeling my winter inactivity by the time we got done.”  (Thank you for the suitable choice of words, Jim R.)

Total bicycle miles ridden: 6.27 miles.

This is a video that Bob took with our GoPro7 camera during our bicycle ride.

Bicycling Allegany State Park

It was nice to see Liz again.  It had been more than 15 years since we saw each other.  We have seen Larry (Liz’s husband), though.  Larry sells automobiles.  We have purchased two cars from him.  We hope that both Larry and Liz can join us on a bicycle ride in the near future.

Pine Creek Rail Trail: Darling Run to Tiadaghon

On Saturday, September 5th, Bob and I went for a bicycle ride on the Pine Creek Rail Trail. 

We began our ride around 11:40 am at Darling Run and rode 7.5 miles to Tiadaghon.  We arrived at Tiadaghon approximately 1 1/2 hours later.  We began our ride back to Darling Run around 1:45 pm.  It took almost 3 hours for us to make the return trip.  Why so long?  I will explain at the end of this post.

This is a video that Bob took with our GoPro7 camera during our bicycle ride.

I took several still images, while bicycling the trail.

Parking lot at Darling Run; my bicycle in the foreground.

Darling Run Train Station

Pine Creek. Note the two trails. The raised, stone upper trail is for bicycles and hikers. The lower dirt trail is for horse-drawn wagons.

This is one of a few camps that sit alongside Pine Creek.

Suspension Bridge and a Camp

the Suspension Bridge

the picturesque Pine Creek

I am facing in the direction that we had ridden. The Turkey Path trail, which can be hiked up to Leonard Harrison State Park, is located to the right of this bridge.

A highlight of the Turkey Path trail is a waterfall. Very little water was falling the day we visited.

We must bicycle back to this location, when it is more likely that a noticeable amount of water will be falling here!

Sign Welcoming us to Tiadaghton

We ate a picnic lunch at Tiadaghton.

This was our picnic location.

This was our picnic view.

The Tiadaghton campground and picnic area is located in a very pretty place!

We are on our way back to Darling Run.

The lower dirt pathway, by the way, extends from Darling Run to Tiadaghton.

Gorge wall

Picturesque Pine Creek

Hooray! We saw two horse-drawn wagons on the trail!

I will now explain what happened on our way back to Darling Run from Tiadaghton.

The first couple miles back were without incident.  During the last 5-6 miles, I made frequent stops.  Bob says that some of my stops were as frequent as 1/10th of a mile.  My legs hurt and were shaky.  My arms were shaky too.  My shoulder blades ached.  A couple of my stops were made because I felt dazed and dizzy.   I stopped and lied down on the grass two or three times.  The first time this happened two women stopped to ask if I was OK.  One woman gave me a few gummy bears (quick sugar).  I don’t know what happened to me.  Low sugar? Needed more water? Out of shape?  The last is something I can attest to.  I really am out of shape. 

I am happy that I completed this segment of the Pine Creek Rail Trail.  I wish I had been in better shape, though,  to make the trip.  An unexpected bonus from taking so long to make the return trip was the opportunity to see the horse-drawn wagons!  I actually felt well enough to enjoy seeing the wagons too.

The Pine Creek Rail Trail is 62 miles in length, from Butler Road just south of Lower Marsh Creek Road (Wellsboro Junction) and Seminary St. between McClintock Alley and Fountain St. (Jersey Shore).  We plan to ride the entire trail, in segments.  This plan will most likely take a few years to complete!

 

 

Allegheny River Valley Trail (Allegany/Olean NY)

This past Saturday, August 8th, Bob and I went for a bicycle ride on the Allegheny River Valley Trail.  We began our ride near the tennis courts at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany NY.  Taking the trail to the left, we reached the Allegheny River in about 0.25 mile.

This is a video that Bob took with our GoPro7 camera during our bicycle ride.

I took several still images, while bicycling the trail.

Trailhead at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY

Allegheny River

There are many opportunities along the trail to sit on a bench and enjoy the views of the Allegheny River.

This is one of several bridges that we crossed, while on the trail.

I noticed a big chair sitting alongside the river on the opposite side.

The “Trump Chair”

The trail along the river is well shaded.  The rest of the trail … not so much.

The trail turns away from the river at 3 miles and heads north.

The trail crosses over Washington Street.

This memorial bench and flower garden is located at a curve on trail.

After about a mile, we came to a fork in the trail.  We made a right turn at the fork.

The trail runs alongside Constitution Avenue for a short while.

Country Fair is located at the intersection of Buffalo, Wayne and 12th Streets.

I took this picture inside a pavilion, where we made a rest stop.  We also took advantage of the restroom inside Country Fair.

From Country Fair the trail continues on the sidewalk alongside Wayne Street and turns right alongside a railroad track (opposite Olean Intermediate Middle School).  We turned around shortly after reaching the trail along the railroad track.

This is the pavilion near Country Fair.

We returned to the fork in the trail and turned right to continue on the main loop trail.  After crossing Constitution Avenue we stopped at Twist and Shake.

We stopped for ice cream at Twist and Shake.

Approaching St. Bonaventure University

We were on the local “Ride for Roswell” trail, but we didn’t participate in the ride.

St. Bonaventure University. Approaching the end of our bicycle ride.

Total miles ridden: 8.84 miles.

 

 

Knox-Kane Rail Trail: Mt. Jewett to Kinzua Bridge State Park

This past Saturday, June 13th, Bob and I went for a bicycle ride on the Knox-Kane Rail Trail.  We began our ride in Mount Jewett, at the Center Street trailhead, and bicycled the 3.8 miles to Kinzua Bridge State Park.  

This is a video that Bob took with our GoPro7 camera during our bicycle ride.

I took several still images, while bicycling the trail.

Mt. Jewett Trailhead

The crushed-stone trail runs through a largely forested corridor.

There are two covered pavilions with a picnic table along the trail.

The Knox-Kane Rail Trail ends at Kinzua Bridge State Park.

Bathroom facilities, a food truck and picnic tables were available at Kinzua Bridge State Park.

Shortly before we left the park to begin our ride back to Mt. Jewett, we watched an airplane fly around and over the Kinzua Bridge.

See the airplane! How cool it was to see the airplane fly over the bridge!

The airplane flew right over us!

Kinzua Bridge State Park trailhead

We ate a light lunch at the first pavilion we came to on our way back to the Mt. Jewett trailhead.

We spotted this tree house on our way back to Mt. Jewett. We didn’t see the tree house on our way to Kinzua Bridge State Park.

This map was located at the Kinzua Bridge State Park trailhead.

The Knox-Kane Rail Trail, when completed, will stretch 73.8 miles between Kinzua Bridge State Park and Clarion.  There are additional  completed sections of the trail that we hope to ride one day.

 

 

Allegheny River Trail: Foxburg to Parker

On Monday, May 25th, we went for a bicycle ride on a portion of the Allegheny River Trail. 

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. 

We completed the Samuel Justus Recreation Trail in August 2018. 

We have yet to ride the Sandy Creek Trail. 

As for the Allegheny River Trail, we are riding that trail in segments.  In early May 2019, we completed our first segment — Emlenton to Rockland (6 miles).  In mid-August 2019 we completed our second segment — Franklin to Belmar (5.1 miles).  In September 2019 we completed our third segment — Rockland to Kennerdell (6 miles).  We completed our fourth segment — Belmar to Kennerdell (10.4 miles) in October 2019.  We completed our fifth segment — Foxburg to Parker — on Monday’s ride (2.5 miles).

We parked at Foxburg and rode south to Parker.  We turned around at Parker and rode north, back to the parking lot in Foxburg.

This is a video that Bob took with our GoPro7 camera during our bicycle ride.

I took several still images, while bicycling the trail.  All pictures are from the ride back to Foxburg from Parker.

Parker Bridge

The trailhead at Parker

There are a few benches located along the trail.

Allegheny River Overlook

According to a sign, the overlook is dedicated in honor of Fred McIlhattan for a lifetime of public service and his support of this trail.

The view at the Allegheny River Overlook

We planned to stop at the picnic table here to eat lunch. The picnic table, though, was not in great shape. Also, the location lacked shade.

We crossed over what used to be a train bridge. The Clarion River flows into the Allegheny River under this bridge.

We saw several padlocks on the chain fence, as we crossed the railroad bridge.

We saw several kayaks on the Clarion River.

Looking back at the railroad bridge; Allegheny River on the right.

We saw a small waterfall, along the trail, as we neared Foxburg.  Click here for a short video of the waterfall.

Ride Statistics:

• Bicycle Miles Ridden – 5.5 miles

• Total Moving Time – 1 hour 4 minutes

• Maximum Speed – 8.5 MPH

• Average Speed – 5.1 MPH

We can now add Allegheny River Trail to our list of bicycle trails completed.