Biking and hiking the Cumberland Gap

Trip Start Mar 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 11, 2012

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August 1 - by Katelyn

Today had a relaxing Day at Cumberland Gap

Today we got up and ate breakfast. A big storm came through with very big hail.  We spent half the day doing math on IXL.  I did not even master one!  After that we watched a movie and it was already 7:00.  Next we ate dinner, studied the presidents, and went to bed.  I had a very relaxing day.

August 2 - by Katelyn

Today we rode our bikes around Cumberland Gap

Today we rode our bikes around Cumberland Gap National Park.  The first trail that we went on was a skinny unpaved trail that was all up hill.  I have never mountain biked before, so this was hard for me, but my Dad said that what goes up, must come down!  When I first went on this trail I did not even think it was a bike trail, but Dad said that it was, so we went on it.  When we finally finished this horrible trail we came upon the tiny little town of Cumberland Gap where we ate a delicious grilled cheese with fries.   Next, we went on another unpaved trail which was the original trail that the settlers went on to go west, across the Appalachian Mountains.  Of course people had to maintain the trail and put gravel in, but other than that the trail is all original.  Pretty soon it became too steep to ride on, so we locked the bikes and walked the rest of the way.  We hiked to two places: the pinnacle where you have a view of Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia, and the point where the states of Virginia, Mississippi, and Kentucky come together.  After we took some cool pictures here, we went to the pinnacle.   The pinnacle was just a place where could look over the town and everything else around here.  When we were done we went back to the bikes and rode back to the Cumberland Gap.  At the town, we had a nice big ice cream.  Next, we went back to the RV took a shower, and watched a movie.  I had a very tiring day.

August 3 - by Katelyn

Today we left Cumberland Gap

Today we went to the Visitors Center here and got the JR Ranger book.  Then we watched the park movie.  In it I learned that Daniel Boone was an explorer who loved Kentucky.  Daniel made several trips through Cumberland Gap.  Then, on one trip he took his family out west and his son James got shot by Native Americans and he died.  Later he went back and his second son Israel was also shot, and he too died.  Finally Daniel went back one more time and he settled there.   Later, after Daniel settled, 300,000 people moved west using the gap to cross the Appalachians.  Of course now they have trains, cars, and a tunnel, so they don't use the gap as much anymore.  After we watched the movie, we went to the RV and ate lunch.  Then, we left the park and drove to a Wal-Mart.

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