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Depending on the route, it takes more than five hours to drive from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. Now imagine making that trip on a bicycle. Over the weekend, a group of 25 riders attempted to do just that. Sincethe annual The event was canceled thanks to the coronavirus pandemicso there was a just-let-me-pedal mentality amongst the riders this year.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Point State Park. Ready to go. Crush the Commonwealth Fair temperatures. Lots of nervous energy around here. Everybody ready to go. Inhe completed it in 49 hours. They pass through small towns along PennDot Bicycle route S. They traverse along the eerie abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike near Breezewood before climbing over the Allegheny Mountain Range.
They refuel and shelter or sleep at too many Sheetz locations to keep track of. The next 40 miles from Somerset, New Bedford are probably the hardest on the route. One of the most difficult stretches is along the GAP, where the trail is level and there is no coasting to spare tired legs.
Got hailed on twice in the last five miles, 10 miles, rained on, winds. Roller skate under a hula-hoop canopy at Dilworth Park. I rode miles, so that was good. The weather impacted Forelli, too. I got a little bit worn out mentally and physically at the end miles on the GAP trail. Then a couple of hours of cold rain around Somerset and some trafficky 55 mile-an-hour ro. Got about 30 miles to a warm bed in Breezewood.
Talk about motivation.
A boom in use during the pandemic fuels expansion of trails in Montco. And then see what would happen. The ride started developing a small but passionate following. People kept lining up at the starting line in late April or early May.
Crush the Commonwealth welcomes all riders. There are some like Anderson who travel at a comfortable pace and stop to sleep and eat complete meals. Then there is another group that goes all out trying to set a new course record. That first year, Blumenfeld was the first to arrive at the Liberty Bell, even after taking an unfortunate wrong turn on his way into the city along the Schuylkill River.
Pulling into a quiet Philadelphia, the no registration, no support, no real rules, and no prizes nature of the CTC hit home. Would anyone know of his accomplishment? Steve Gergely set a new course record this year, becoming the first-ever CTC rider to complete it in less than 24 hours.
I think a shower and a few adult beverages are in my near future. Bears in the yard? Blame mating season. Upper Bucks residents, developer clash again over proposed Springfield quarry. Rachel Weaver Those fair temperatures that Anderson referred to at a. Friday did not last. Related Content. Unfortunately, 90 minutes later, Weaver was behind schedule and decided to pack it in.
A sad Rachel Weaver is pictured with her bike. Pat Clair The weather impacted Forelli, too. Anderson was still out there pedaling. Farmland is pictured in East Earl, Pennsylvania. Ron Anderson InDan Blumenfeld got wind of the ride and decided to do it solo. A bike is pictured outside Sheetz in New Holland, Pennsylvania. A bike is pictured by the finish line at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Ron Anderson As for Anderson, he finished riding on Sunday at p. here.
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