THE LAST MILE SCHEDULED TO COMPLETE APRIL 15 2013
“Today we are finally ready to build some trail at Sandcastle,” said Allegheny Trail Alliance president Linda McKenna Boxx. “We are finally getting close to the end.” Hats off to Linda and the many people who worked to develop the 150 mile trail between Cumberland, MD and Pittsburgh. When the Sandcastle section is complete, cyclists will have an uninterrupted trail between Pittsburgh and Washington DC.
NEW TRAIL SECTION OPENS NEAR PITTSBURGH
In an effort to capitalize on the media blitz, Pittsburgh's mayor, Tom Murphy, pedaled his bike from Pittsburgh to DC just after the tunnel grand opening. The mayor was a wee little fella who was athletic but didn't strike me as much of a marathon cyclist. When I saw that he was able to complete the ride to DC, I was inspired. I thought that if he could go the distance so could I. As it turns out, you don't have to be a hard-core cyclist to do this ride. Though it does help to have a good pair of padded bike shorts.
CAN YOU RIDE THE DISTANCE?
When the renovation of the Big Savage Tunnel completed in May 2006, local Pittsburgh media gave the milestone considerable exposure. The tunnel was one of the last obstacles which linked two sections of the Great Allegheny Passage Trail together. It was a big deal because now you could bike 300 continuous miles of trail from Boston, PA to Washington DC.
There's a long hill between Imperial and McDonald which may is probably the least traveled section. Most visitors to this area won't notice that they're passing through reclaimed strip mines; reclamation efforts have effectively restored the area to a green condition. After the crest of the hill, the trail descends to the outskirts of McDonald, and crosses over the newly restored McDonald Trestle. This impressive structure takes you over the Panhandle Trail which follows the valley below.
Learn more about the Montour Trail from their website here.