My host at the bunkhouse brought Ugg’s me food from town. Town is up a steep hill so this was very kind.
I left a little after 7, zooming down to the GAP trail for the slog up to the eastern continental divide. The shade of the trees kept me nice and cool as I ground my way up.
Every time I looked up I saw another WOW! This area is just indescribably beautiful.
Also my the ride a herd (?) of white tailed deer crossed in front of me. They just kept jumping out of the trail side bushes.
Later I rolled through a bunch of wild turkeys. They just bobbled about mindlessly. It cracked me up.
The downhill didn’t seem so forgiving on an empty stomach so I stooped for mega lunch in Rockwood.
The gut bomb worked. After a half hour my body woke up and I started enjoying things. The scenery changed every few miles with a river making relaxing music through the trees.
In Ohiopyle State Park the trail becomes so shaded it’s almost dark. A tunnel of green shade, small waterfalls, river sounds, and chipmunks. Ahhh.
In Ohiopyle town I finally acquired the elusive Fiber Fix spoke. And recharged my belly bank with a double dip ice cream cone. This powered me to my destination for the night in Connelsville. I am staying in an Adirondack hut but in a city park. Note to Kevin U. the huts now have anchors for hammocks.
A local hotel provides showers for campers for $10. So I rode over to clean up.
And just in case you thought I was kidding about what a nice day for riding this was. Here are a few more pictures.
If you ride a bike and live anywhere near the GAP Trail, ride it. But not in November (Michele!).
Total miles today: 76.5. So far: 282.5.
I am eating pizza and French fries for dinner. Don’t judge.