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28/Summer10: Biking the Youghiogheny River Trail

Saturday, August 14, 2010

I left Pennsylvania a few days ago. I last stayed three days and two nights in Ohiopyle, an area incredibly rich with recreational resources, among them an awesome bike trail.

The Youghiogheny River Trail has 27 miles of trail in the park and is part of the Great Allegheny Passage that connects Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cumberland, Maryland (near Washington, D.C.). The flat, crushed limestone trail was once the rail bed for the Western Maryland Railroad.

I rode only 10 miles of the extraordinary trail (or 20 miles round trip) and it was a virtual wonderland! I really hope to return to the Ohiopyle area of Pennsylvania again. My PA friends Lew and Tracey are totally right!

As I rode, I sometimes heard the roar of the rapids over the other times the still waters created a quietness that was mesmerizing. The topography varied on the trail and always the river was below, although it was difficult to capture it with my camera. It was cool in the woods during the entire ride...I was always shaded by the canopy of trees. I shot photos on the ride back, and here is the visual offering from that magical experience:

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    Spectacular photos! What a beautiful ride. I'll have to check that out some time. It's not too far from me!
    2755 days ago
    This may be my favorite yet! Your photos are fabulous. I can just feel myslef peddling along with you.

    Stay safe & continue to live in JOY!!!
    2771 days ago
    Hey you! still truckin' huh?

    The Obamas were here this weekend, well, they were a half mile from here, down the street from us. Pretty exciting. I should write blog. My DH and I stood on the corner to see them off. Barack waved at us as the motorcade passed by.
    2771 days ago
    "I sometimes heard the roar of the rapids over the other times the still waters created a quietness that was mesmerizing." sounds like a metaphor for a life well-lived.

    You have certainly had a summer that was very well-lived indeed.

    2771 days ago

    You know... I don't know what it is about "home"... and I am sure there are many places on this sweet old world that look just LIKE this... but when I looked at the first picture you posted here, Maha, a smile broke across my face like Whoa!...


    I'd know the roll of those old hills anywhere... and you spent some time in the very best places this whole summer long... but I am SO pleased you got a few days there at Ohiopyle... it is truly a wonder and I'm so happy you got to see it!

    2772 days ago
    Have to let you know that this vicarious journey I've been taking with you is the highlight of my summer. Many sincere thanks! emoticon emoticon
    2772 days ago
    Lovely photos! Your trip sounds wonderful.
    2772 days ago
    WOW--Gorgeous!!! I may have to venture out and find some good trails--I looooove bicycling!
    2772 days ago
    You are a wonder! Had a nice chat with Kathy today (AT). I'm trying to get my mojo motivation up for a new healthy eating plan. It used to be easier for me in the summer, but now I believe it'll be easier during the school year with more structure in place--My Gemini twins are fighting!
    2772 days ago
    I really love that part of the country. I used to go camping there with my kids - lots of fond memories. Thanks for the photos!

    BTW - Are you home yet?
    2772 days ago
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