Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trip – Day 4
Trip Start Jul 28, 2013
7Trip End Aug 03, 2013
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This was a big day for us – our final 60+ mile day, and also the day that everyone says is the most challenging because the first 24 miles is a steady climb up 1600 feet to the Eastern Divide. The girls were quite concerned when they saw the pictures, but I really find that they are misleading due to the different scales. I explained this to them, and they seemed to understand and reassured. The good news is that once we complete this 24 mile climb, the ride is all downhill to Pittsburgh!
I think the biggest lesson learned by the girls today is not to believe everything that you hear. Yes, the ride up was a challenge, but not nearly as hard as it was made out to be. One benefit that we did not expect was how much better the riding condition of the Allegheny Passage was compared to the C&O towpath. It is such a better surface to ride on – smooth and compact. Yes, it was uphill, but uphill on a smooth surface is comparable to flat on a bumpy surface in our opinion!
We were all thrilled to finally get to the Eastern Divide, and enjoyed the downhill ride on the other side! We still had to ride another 40 miles, but it was definitely at a faster pace than the first 24. We stayed at a Corp of Engineers campsite along the Youghiogheny River where they build an Earth Dam that releases water to power 2 hydro generators. Katelyn & I took a walk to them because we also stayed at the largest earth dam in the world in Fort Peck, Montana, so we were interested to compare the two.