Typing this early in the morning before daybreak. Everybody is asleep (I think), and Parker House is quiet, expect for the whistle of the freight train in the distance. This is Confluence, PA, where the Cassleman river meets up with the Yough. This is my blog for the ride from Perryopolis to Confluence.
We left the hotel at Perryopolis early.
The following picture is taken on the road that we biked from the town back to the Yough river. The tunnel takes you to the bridge across the river. We did not cross, but took the road that you can barely make out on the right before the tunnel. This took us to the trail head.
And then it was time to ride once again!
There had been a spectacular storm late the previous night that we had observed from the front of our hotel rooms. Fortunately, the trail was not too wet. This was the only place where a tree had fallen across the trail.
This chap is trying to get down from the trail to the river.
This is an abandoned railroad bridge across the river that we encountered. It appeared to be falling apart. You had to watch where you were stepping.
Crossing a gorge on a trail bridge. The GAP trail that we have been riding is a rail trail which was built where the railroad tracks once used to run. This bridge would have been carrying train traffic in the past.
A picture opportunity.
There was steady freight train traffic on the other side of the river.
The section of the trail that we covered today was just amazing.
The Yough river seen from one of the trail bridges just outside of Ohiopyle.
One of the bridges over the Yough carrying the trail into Ohiopyle. The river meanders in a U-shaped loop in this section, and there are two bridges over the river.
At Fallingwater, PA. This house was built by Frank Lloyd Wright in the the 1930s.
The house is spectacular, both inside and outside.
These are the folks in Ohiopyle who provided us with the shuttle to Fallingwater.
It was quite late in the afternoon after the trip to Fallingwater, and had another 10 miles to ride to Confluence. We were hungry and got a snack to eat at a waterfall. We never found the waterfall, and ended up eating in the woods.
We made a few rest stops during the ride, including this one betwen Ohiopyle and Confluence. The bike being examined was making some strange noise. We will try to get it checked out in Cumberland, our destination for tomorrow.
This is Parker House, the place we are staying in Confluence. It is a beautiful place with lot of space. We are getting ready to go out for dinner.
The crew was famished!
It was dark by the time we left the Lucky Dog Cafe. The sky was spectacular (due to the absence of light pollution) and folks were identifying the stars and the planets. We walked back to Parker House using the faint light from a smartphone to show us the way through the dark streets of Confluence. Went to bed after a night-cap. Goodnight from Confluence, PA.