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Great Allegheny Passage (GAP)

Great Allegheny Passage (GAP)

Has anyone rode part or all of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP)?  Any thoughts...suggestions...recommendations?

Thanks,
Diane

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REI of Timonium has a free presentation on the Great Allegheny Passage on 2/15/12.  See:  http://www.rei.com/event/33713/session/42302

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The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) has a great website http://www.atatrail.org/ with lots of information, maps, places to stay, bike shops, B&B's, camping, etc.  Also, buy the guide book they put out that includes a nice map.  Get one for the year you're going as it has coupons in it.  The website and book don't have everything as I think the various places have to pay to be on the website, but it is surprisingly complete.  Asking en route may get you even more information.  We needed a bike shop in Frostburg for a loose crank arm, found one near the train station that wasn't listed in their map and guide.  We rode south to north, but you'll probably enjoy the trail more if you start at the Pittsburgh end because it just gets prettier as you go south, finishing with a 28 mile descent into Cumberland and really spectacular views.  You'll need to arrange transportation to or from Cumberland as the trains to Baltimore, etc. won't allow you to load or unload baggage.  There are outfitters that do that work and are listed on the GAP's website.  We got friends to ferry us back to Cumberland from our finish.  Camping can be inexpensive, but B&B's enhance the trip for those wishing to travel in more style and a couple are quite lavish for about the standard fee.  Plan early if there's something you wish to do for sure, like white water rafting at Ohiopyle.  We rode the trail in October to catch the Fall colors and found some restaurants either closed for the season or closed during off peak weekdays.  Best of luck with the planning.  Happy trails,

Dan Artley in Parkton

"... A bike should be scratched.  Using the bike will bring you joy; preserving the bike will only bring frustration.  Even if you never, ever ride the bike it will still age.  So you might as well ride it while its pretty and enjoy the process of making it ugly."  -  BSNYC

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REI Timonmium is holding a "class" about the GAP on 15th Feb in the evening.  If interested check theri website to sign up.

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I have done the whole trail in both directions.  It is a great ride and would recommend it in warmer weather so you can camp, enjoy the local scenery, and go white water rafting in Ohiopyle.  I parked at Fort Washington on the C&O Canal and rode from there.  Camped one night on the C&O Canal each way.

Trail conditions on the GAP are much better than the C&O, but you don't have as many camping spots along the way.  Ohiopyle SP is nice, but it is a climb to get to the campground.  There is an Army Corps of Engineers campground in Confluence which cost $7 for hikers and bikers.  Food within walking distance and the town is just a couple of minutes away by bike.  There are free campgrounds up the trail towards Pittsburgh.

I would gladly do this trip again because I enjoyed it so much the first time and I did it alone.  There were plenty of people to talk to along the way!  Just be sure to support the local businesses along the way!

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Hi Diane! I'm interested in cycling the GAP, too. Hope to see you at the REI talk this month.

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Diane, I hope to rife the GAP from Frostburg ti Pitt & return. Get to FB Friday eve, leave Sat. morn, two days to Pitt, spend a day in Pitt, ride back in 2 or 3 days. I have the GAP book & CD. REI thing could be helpful, will try to attend. Ron Maseda

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@Diane and Ron: Despite doing a ton of research  over the past year, I just found a new link you may appreciate.
http://linkup.shaw-weil.com/       
Will look for you at the REI talk.

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Barb and I plan to attend.  There are still two openings available at this time for the presentation tonight.

Dan Artley in Parkton

"It's been a sunny and twisting road, from the childish desire to own a bike to the need to ride it.  Up to now every time I've questioned myself, I've just jumped back on my lovely bike and gone for a spin." - Paul Fournel, Need for the Bike

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Unfortunately, Accounting II homework keeps me from attending, but I am very interested in joining a trip if it fits in with my schedule.  Would love to do that ride again!

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