“You can’t ride your bike on the street” (July 1)

I stopped at a library on my way through Burgettstown, PA. While I was still by my bicycle, a little boy of about five or six years old yelled out, “Can I talk to you?” I said, “Sure.” He then told me I can’t ride a bicycle on the street, that I had to ride it in a park. I tried to explain that if I didn’t ride in the street, I couldn’t get to where I was going. He suggested I should get a car. “But that’s no fun,” I explained. At that point, his mother called him over to her.

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Montour Trail (June 30)

Today was kind of a confusing day. I was given advice to get from Boston to McKeesport. The trail volunteer said the GAP had a big climb, but if I crossed the river and took the loop trail, there was no climb. That sounded good to me. What he didn’t say was that the loop trail was very rough in areas and it would really rattled my bones.

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Big blue bridge leaving Boston.

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Boston (June 29)

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Good morning from Conellsville.
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Conellsville's free camping.

Today was all about trying to put in some miles before yesterday’s sprint from Confluence to Conellsville caught up with me. I got an early start and didn’t stop too much for the first couple of hours, but by noon I really started to feel the miles. When I got to Boston, PA, I stopped for a bit to look at my trail maps and Google maps to figure out where the next place to stay would be. The next campground or motel was 20-25 miles down the road, so I stopped even though it was still pretty early.

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Slow Ride (June 28)

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Meyersdale, PA
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The visitor's center in Meyersdale had a map so people could put pins where they were from.

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I did not do anything yesterday on my rest day other than laundry, so there isn’t anything to say. There was no bike shop in Meyersdale. Someone told me there was one in Rockwood, 12 miles down the trail. My trail map also showed a bike shop there, so late this morning, I slowly made my way to Rockwood. Turns out, the bike shop is owned by a full time farmer and isn’t always open. It does not have regular hours and was not open today. The next shop was another 20 miles down the road in Confluence and got there a little after 3:00. Rather than push myself to pedal as fast as I can to get there, I relaxed and had a nice slow ride. I was able to get the cable and housing replaced at Confluence Cyclery. The owner also gave me some good information about my upcoming route. While I was at the bike shop, I ran into Eric and Joan again. They stopped by the shop briefly.

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Philadelphia (June 12)

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I don't know what to make of this. It was next to an "organic" hair salon. I don't know what to make of that either.

I don’t know what to say about today. It should have been an interesting and exciting day. I rode through Philadelphia today, but didn’t do any real sightseeing. The headwind I have been fighting on most days since Albany was really strong today, with gusts up to 30 miles per hour. It really took it out of me. In the afternoon, the wind shifted directions slightly and keeping balance against the gusts hitting me sideways was tricky sometimes. Riding through Philadelphia was stop and go, with a stoplight at most intersections. Between all of that, by the time I got to downtown Philadelphia, I didn’t really have the patience to deal with tourists. Read more