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Officially on the Great Allegheny Passage: from Day 5 to Day 6

Written by Mila Sanina on .

 It’s Day 6 of the cycling expedition and the Point Made! team is pedaling along, They are scheduled to ride 44 miles on Thursday from Rockwood to Dunbar.

Yesterday they officially started riding on the Great Allegheny Passage. According to one of the cyclists, Sara Carr, who is writing a blog about the trip, “The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) experience was much different than the rugged and muddy C&O. The surface of the GAP is similar to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in Pittsburgh.” Overnight they stay at Seven Springs.


(Mile 0 on the GAP, photo by David Tucker)

The group enjoyed lots of sights on the GAP on Day 5: Bone Cave (Mile 4 on the GAP); Helmstetters Curve (the sweeping 180-degree horseshoe curved railroad is like candy for rail enthusiasts and photographers); Brush Tunnel; Frostburg (the depot station is worth a visit, we hear); Borden Tunnel (not as spooky as the Paw Paw Tunnel, but it is not lighted, so watch out). And, of course, they crossed the Mason-Dixon Line, and our Pete Zapadka wrote about The Line on the blog yesterday (Pete is THE authority on the subject).


(On the Great Allegheny passage, photo by David Tucker)

And then…. OF COURSE... Big Savage Tunnel (Mile 22). It’s the longest tunnel on the trip. The tunnel was built in 1911 and is 3,300 feet long. It was reconstructed for trail use in 2003. David Tucker who is one of the Point Made! cyclists shot a video of it… IN it. And yes, it’s lit up. So, check it out!

We also found some photographs in our archive from the days when Big Savage Tunnel was being reconstructred. This photograph captures the workers applying a sealant mixture to the exterior of the west portal of Mt Savage. The photo was taken by the former PG photographer VWH Campbell.


But back to Day 5... there were also some occasional falls, but it looks like team's attitude is right ;)

On Day 5, the team also crossed one of the most distinctive structures of the GAP, the Salisbury Viaduct. It's 1,908 feet long. Abandoned for rairoad use in the 1980s, the viaduct was decked for trail use in 1999. 

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Photo of Salisbury Viaduct by Len Barcousky/Post-Gazette from 2003

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