Day 44 Confluence to Bedford – 81 Miles – We had Cheerleaders!

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MapMyRide Stats:  80.4 Miles  |  8:00 hours  |  10 mph

This ride was very hilly and mountainous, and it was a hard day for everyone — even me.  I could not have done the riding on this day without the Pedego electric assist.  The hills were long and hard and my old legs needed the support.  The first e-bike battery lasted about 29 miles — the fastest discharge of the entire trip.  The second battery lasted about 30 miles.  I was getting a little nervous when I was on my third battery thinking I might run out.  The land started to flatten out as we made progress and the third battery got me to the 80-mile mark.

Kristina and Brooke are Cheerleaders in Altoona, Pa.
Kristina and Brooke are Cheerleaders in Altoona, Pa.
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Thanks Pedego, I got to the top of all the Pennsylvania mountains…whew!
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It was a chilly July morning – we are all still wearing coats.
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Strip mining for coal in Pennsylvania
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Rail-trails on the Highlands Trail to Rockwood at 1826 ft. elevation
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Yikes, what is that in the corner?
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It was a cloudy day, but rain-free until the very end of the 80-mile ride
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Let’s Roll…
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The Flight 93 memorial was sobering. Cherish every single day!
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Pennsylvania had many scenic views to enjoy and ponder as we rode through the hilly terrain.
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You can see the thickness of the air, but no rain – fortunately

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Our loving cheerleaders greeted us with signs and a special cheer as we entered the campground. Thanks Mom! See Kristina, Brooke, Pat, Dee and Corky

Day 43 Washington to Confluence, Pa – 83 miles – on the Bike PA S Path

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MapMyRide Stats:  83 Miles   |  Time: 7:59

The day we started to ride through my home state of Pennsylvania it was cloudy and cool but no rain.  We started out in a moist fog which was cold for cycling – about 45 degrees.  It warmed up to the 70’s but the day never really got warm.  It was a wet and cold summer day.  The Polar Vortex is still with us.

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Much of our route was country roads on the Bicycle PA route S

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Company arrived at our Confluence campsite. My Uncle Maurice rented an apartment and rescued us from the rain and a wet tent. Best Friends here!
My good friend Sally Martin rode her bicycle around the world - 22,000 miles in 1996
My good friend Sally Martin is wearing her national championship bike jersey.  She also rode her bicycle around the world – 22,000 miles
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My Sister and my Uncle came to ride with us from Ohiopyle to Confluence on the bike trail.
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What? Not going in the bushes?
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Pennsylvania bike trail is lush and green
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Youghiogheny River Trail

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Day 42 New Waterford, Oh. to Washington, Pa. – 82 miles

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On this day of cycling across America, day 42, we woke up to rain.  The tents were soaking wet when we packed them away.  The day started out wet as we left the Terrace Lakes campground and headed out to our next destination which is very close to home for us.  Riding into Pennsylvania was exciting as we get closer and closer to our final destination – Washington, D.C.

Leaving camp with wet roads ahead
Leaving camp with wet roads ahead and thick clouds in the sky – 6:00 a.m.
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Gene!
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The Mighty Ohio River – Flowing out of Pennsylvania
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Shippingport Nuclear Power Plant

 

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Cooling Towers – watch video below…

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Camping at the Whispering Pines Family Campground
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Family came to visit us as we entered the state of Pennsylvania