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The Pedalshift Project 051: Bicycle touring the Great Allegheny Passage

Recorded live from Paris, France1… it’s a podcast about bicycle touring the Great Allegheny Passage in western Pennsylvania! It all makes sense, trust me. In this episode we chat about all the amazing things in store while bicycle touring the Great Allegheny Passage (or “the GAP” as you’ll usually hear) including an interview with Doug Riegner from the Allegheny Trail Alliance.


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The Journal: Bicycle touring the Great Allegheny Passage

  • Section riding! Biking the GAP
  • First real hot weekend this season
  • Weekend gave me opportunities to ride but not camp, so I chose a couple of sections I liked the most near PGH
  • Boston – West Newton (RT – 30 miles)
  • Connellsville-Ohiopyle (RT-34 miles)
  • When it’s hot and super sunny both of these sections are great ways to escape the heat. The ride to Ohiopyle in particular is largely covered in green tunnel foliage and the cooling impact of the Youghiogheny River is apparent as you roll.
  • Interested in hearing more about the GAP? Check out Pedalshift Project 021 from last year’s ride.
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Kentuck campground in Ohiopyle… a long way up!
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Acid mine drainage waterfall
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More waterfalls
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Ohiopyle
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bicycle touring the GAP
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One of the many bridge spans near Ohiopyle
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Flowers trailside
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Connellsville adirondack shelters
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Yough River
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Connellsville camping shelters
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Dravo campsite
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Waterfall on the GAP

The Interview

  • Interview with Doug Riegner, Director of Community Relations & Sales at Allegheny Trail Alliance (@gaptraildoug on Instagram and Twitter)
  • Total serendipity… ran into Doug on the trail collecting data on trail users and got an opportunity to chat with him about the GAP… tons of great info here! Also, some birds and train noise, so you’ll get a real flavor of the GAP sounds between Boston and West Newton.
  • GAP news:
    • Pinkerton Tunnel done
    • New campsites on the way… first up is Ohiopyle
    • New granite mile markers coming this year
  • Bonus C&O news:
    • Working on trail surface on the C&O? GAP engineer is at the table as a consultant with the Park Service.
    • All water will be untreated on the C&O as of 2017. Get your Sawyer pumps for next year’s rides!
  • Bike touring route passports?
  • Links + resources

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Music

The Pedalshift Project theme is America courtesy of Jason Kent off his self-titled solo album. Check out his band Sunfields‘ album, Habitat, wherever cool music resides.  I heard Jason’s new album in January and it is AWESOME. More info when that drops!

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