Great Allegheny Passage Trail Lodging
Last Saturday I had the privilege of assisting during the Yough River Trail Council's Fall Foliage Ride (for biking or walking) Fundraiser. So I helped hand out shirts, sold tickets for a bike raffle, directed incoming participants to the sign in table and even sold a few lunch tickets. It was a beautiful day, even though a little cool at first; had I been on the trail and moving I would not have been uncomfortable.
The Yough River Trail Council is an amazing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. They do all necessary maintenance on a a 23 mile section of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail from Layton to Bruners Run near Ohiopyle, including renewing the nice, even smooth surface of limestone chips that coats the trail here where it runs through Connellsville. They are a group of dedicated volunteers who have been holding this fundraiser for 20 years now, and what I hear from the bikers who stay is that this is the nicest section of trail between Pittsburgh and DC. Also heard that the two newest Adirondac shelters finished this month are "the nicest ever seen."
I don't use the trail a lot; my longest hike was actually before we moved back to this area in June 2013. Since that time, we have spent much of our time renovating the home and getting the business open. It has been some years since I rode a bike; it was a one-speed blue Roadmaster with coaster brakes, nothing nearly as fancy as my guests use.
I finally joined the organization earlier this year (they offer annual memberships) and now that I get the emails telling me when the meetings are, I attend those when I am not cooking for guests (meetings are 9 a.m.).
I have been favorably impressed by the positive can-do spirit, level of expertise and sheer enthusiasm demonstrated at the meetings, so next year I intend to renew my membership as a business rather than an individual.
At this point a majority of my guests have stayed in Connellsville because they have been biking the trail, so I donated a small prize - breakfast for two at Fox Castle - which
was one of the many prizes drawn for after lunch.