Today must have been one of my favorite riding days on the trail. After storms through the night, the weather was calm and cool, perfect for cycling, and the most beautiful stretch of trail to do it on.
The breakfast buffet at 7 Springs was a treasure trove providing anything you could dream of and I loaded up on eggs, bacon, fruit, potatoes, and a cream puff doughnut to fuel the day.
The short shuttle ride dropped us back off in Rockwood where we started to ride -- and time flew by. The section of trail from Rockwood to Dunbar was so incredibly scenic with a wide crushed limestone path that allowed you to maintain a good speed and fully enjoy your surroundings.
|The Casselman River from the Trail.|
|Trail bridge on the Great Allegheny Passage|
|Stopping for refreshments in Confluence|
|Mural along the trail in Confluence|
|Trees lining the Great Allegheny Passage|
|Rocks and rhododendrons line the Trail.|
For lunch, we ate at The Firefly Grill -- just steps from the trail, and right as it started to rain. The Grill was nice with good food and friendly staff and we took a nice break for lunch and waited out the rain. We even got ice cream to help enjoy the wait.
|Looking back at Ohiopyle from the bridge|
About halfway between lunch and our turnoff, there was an overlook with a beautiful view of the river below.
|Overlooking the Youghiogheny River|
Our group leaders told me that I had been requested at the Dunbar Historical Society, and there I was greeted by Linda, Donna, and Mike. They were such kind people and all so very excited to have us stop by. Linda gave me a big hug even though I was completely covered in grit from the trail and they offered us refreshments, some town history, and asked about our trip.
|Dunbar Historical Society with Linda and Donna|
After getting cleaned up, our group headed across the street to Don Patron where they had a $1.99 margarita special and good food. Back at the hotel, some of the group mingled at the bar, and Dave, Nathan, Peter, and I closed out the night playing ping pong -- my very first game!