Friday, July 18, 2014

GAP - Connellsville to Pittsburgh, PA

Our final day on the GAP. Not very many scenic views but it was still a nice ride through small town America for the first 50 of today's 62 miles. We rode right through Whitsett, Van Meter, Buddtown, West Newton, Buena Vista, and Boston, PA.

The GAP used to end at McKeesport, about 18 miles from downtown Pittsburgh but they have been able to piece together many bits and sections of trail to finally finish the entire GAP within the last two years. After McKeesport the trail is not very scenic and at that point it was just a matter of getting to the end on paths that crisscrossed roads and factories before finally coming onto streets for the last few miles.

The total mileage for the week was 352. While the C&O Canal Path was nice, the lack of maintenance did take away some of its appeal. Contrast that to the GAP, which was well maintained and very scenic except for the last few miles into Pittsburgh. I would highly recommend the GAP and the C&O was still a great ride, except for the 15 miles into Cumberland.

At the West Newton depot

One of the many small towns we rode through today

Pittsburgh from the Hot Metal Bridge

The finish at Point State Park

End of the GAP at the Three Rivers Confluence

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