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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.

 

 

North Warren-Warren Bike Trail

Bob and I went for a bicycle ride yesterday on the Warren-North Warren Bike Trail.

This informational sign is at the south end of the trail (Warren).
A second sign is located at the south end of the trail as well.
From the second sign I cropped this information regarding the Warren-North Warren Bike Trail.
This is what the trail looks like at the south end.
Approaching the north end of the trail (North Warren)
The bike trail ends here. There are plans to extend the Warren-North Warren Bike Trail an additional 8 miles from this point.

This trail is in my hometown, only a short distance from our house.  I have written posts about rides on this trail a few times in this blog.  The Warren-North Warren Bike Trail was our first “official” trail ride this year.

Allegheny River Trail: Belmar to Kennerdell

On Sunday, October 20th, 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 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).  In September this year we completed our third segment — Rockland to Kennerdell (6 miles).  We completed our fourth segment — Belmar to Kennerdell — on Sunday’s ride (10.4 miles).

We parked at Brandon and rode north to Belmar.  We turned around at Belmar and drove south, past where we parked, to Kennerdell and back to the parking lot.

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

I took several still images, while bicycling the trail.

Allegheny River Trail parking lot at Brandon.
We were the first car there, making our arrival around 10:00 am.  We are parked in front of the trail.  We began our ride by traveling north (past the white car).
I believe Sandy Creek is entering the Allegheny River here, with the Sandy Creek Trail crossing over the bridge.
In the distance is the Belmar Bridge.

I captured a short video clip of a boat going underneath the Belmar Bridge.

These stairs lead up to the Belmar Bridge. Bob is checking out the “bike path” alongside the stairs. We didn’t climb up to the bridge. The bridge crossing will be another day.
We are now riding south, making our way to Kennerdell. The Sandy Creek Trail crosses over the Belmar Bridge.
We saw birdhouses frequently along the trail.  The birdhouses are the result of Nathaniel Sedlacek’s 2012 Eagle Scout Project, according to signs posted on the birdhouses.
The stairs lead down to a deck with table and chairs. The stairs continue down to the river’s edge. There are no houses anywhere near this structure.  There wasn’t a sign indicating that this structure is private.  I wonder if it is there for the enjoyment of anyone using the trail.
I LOVE how this picture of the trail turned out!
We made it to Kennerdell Tunnel!

Neither Bob nor I rode through the tunnel on this ride.  Bob rode through this tunnel, as well as the Rockland Tunnel, in September.  I rode through the Rockland Tunnel in September, not the Kennerdell Tunnel.  I had no desire to ride through Kennerdell Tunnel during this ride.

We turned around at Kennerdell Tunnel and made our way back to the Brandon parking lot.

a River View
Allegheny River Trail is paved from Franklin to Emlenton, except for 3/4 of mile. The unpaved portion of the trail is gravel. I hated it! The trail detours here.
We look for eagles, whenever we are on our bicycle rides. We haven’t been fortunate yet to see an eagle, leastwise not a living, breathing eagle.
Allegheny River Canadian Geese

I captured a short video of the geese, in addition to the still image.

What a beautiful day it was for a bicycle ride on the Allegheny River Trail!

It was an enjoyable ride along the river.   

Ride Statistics:

• Bicycle Miles Ridden – 18.32 miles

• Total Moving Time – 2 hours 33 minutes 41 seconds

• Maximum Speed – 11.1 MPH

• Average Speed – 7.1 MPH

27.5 miles down and 2.5 miles to go on the Allegheny River Trail!

Moraine State Park Bike Trail

This past Sunday, October 13th, we rode the Moraine State Park Bike Trail along the northern shore of Lake Arthur. 

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.

We began our bicycle ride at the bike shop off North Shore Drive. Note that Bob is putting on gloves. It was a chilly start to our ride!!
The trail goes through tree shaded sections that showed off some of its autumn color.
From the Moraine Outdoor Center we could see the Davis Hollow Marina.
Davis Hollow Marina
Moraine Outdoor Center Observation Platform provides an excellent view of Lake Arthur.
Moraine Outdoor Center Observation Platform provides an excellent view of Lake Arthur.
at Moraine Outdoor Center
At the Moraine Outdoor Center we enjoyed a light snack, while taking in the beautiful surroundings.

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.

We are on our way back to our origin point. I stopped to photograph more of the tree shaded portion of the trail.
This is one of several lake views.
See the body of water on the left of the trail? I was at the top of one of the hills, when I took this picture.
Sailboat on Lake Arthur
Another view of Lake Arthur

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).

Bob at top of hill taking video
Bob captured GoPro video of me taking a picture of these leaves.
We saw these four people at the start of our ride and, again, on our way back.
One of the women in the previous photograph took this picture of Bob and me with our bicycles.
This was one of the open sections of the trail.

Ride Statistics:

• Bicycle Miles Ridden – 15.2 miles

• Total Moving Time – 2 hours 7 minutes 31 seconds

• Maximum Speed – 19.8 MPH

• Average Speed – 7.1 MPH

An Afternoon Bicycle Ride at Chapman State Park

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.

Red highlight marks the trail that we rode.

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!  

Bob walked our bicycles across the swinging bridge.
View from Swinging Bridge
We ate a picnic lunch alongside Chapman Lake.
Bob took this picture of me at our picnic spot.
Chapman Lake

Autumn colors are starting to show!

Looking across Chapman Lake
Bob is looking at Chapman Dam.
Fishing Platform on Chapman Lake
My favorite tree at Chapman State Park
The sun was hitting my favorite tree from the side facing Chapman Lake.
Colorful Autumn Leaves

Here is a video of our ride that Bob shot with our GoPro7.

Ride Statistics: 

• Bicycle Miles Ridden – 2.53 miles

• Total Moving Time – 29 minutes 5 seconds

• Maximum Speed – 21.3 MPH

• Average Speed – 5.2 MPH

 

Three Miles on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

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.

River Otter
Beaver
Muskrat
The 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.

 

 

Summit Metro Parks Bike and Hike Trail

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.

The trail began with a climb out of the parking lot. I walked my bicycle up the hill.
This is what the trail looked like, once I had climbed the hill.
More of the trail

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. 

Top of Brandywine Falls, looking toward Brandywine Gorge

I walked along a boardwalk and hiked down some stairs to a falls viewing area. 

Brandywine Falls

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!