BikePGH!

Home » Blog » NYT: Biking Coal Country’s Tracks and Tunnels

NYT: Biking Coal Country’s Tracks and Tunnels

Another Major Press article about our beloved Great Allegheny Passage

Frostburg, Md. — THREE hours by bike from Cumberland, Md., on the Great Allegheny Passage, I rode into the mouth of the abandoned Borden Tunnel near here, where freight trains once rumbled, hauling coke, steel and coal. The air was black as engine oil.

In the middle of the tunnel, darkness swallowed my pedals and handlebars. My wheels wobbled on crushed limestone, but I couldn’t see them anymore. My friend David Howard was pedaling far in front of me and loving every minute of it. “I can’t see a thing,” he said gleefully. “It feels like an out-of-body experience.”

But I was so unnerved that my bike spun out of control and I nearly slammed into the wall.

As I discovered on a three-day trip this year, the passage, which travels 132 miles from McKeesport, Pa., to Cumberland, Md., is part industrial history lesson, part nature excursion and part fun house, with thrilling and spooky moments: barely lighted corridors through mountainsides, whitecaps on rivers a hundred feet below and the lonely sound of a freight-train whistle.

Word is getting out that the trail is a world-class biking destination.
Read the rest of this article


Not a member of Bike Pittsburgh? Join today! We need you to add your voice! Bike Pittsburgh works to protect cyclist’s rights and promote the vision of making Pittsburgh a safer and more enjoyable place to live and to ride. For more info, check out: www.bike-pgh.org/membership.....

DON’T DELAY!!! ALL DONATIONS RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 31 WILL BE DOUBLED IN OUR DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR MATCHING PROGRAM.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.


FBshare-1008x1008

Support BikePGH with a year end gift, and make Pittsburgh a better place to live, work, and play.

×