As the name suggests, today was the longest day in the trip (if you took the train yesterday). It was 52 miles long. For me, it started out very tired.
I hadn’t been able to get much sleep for many reasons. First, it suddenly dropped at least 20 degrees and I had only a light sleeping bag. I was eventually able to just put on my sweatshirt and fall asleep until the trains.
For whatever reason, the comiteein charge of choosing camping sites decided that it would be a good idea to put us at a high school. This would have been a great idea except for the fact that it was right next to train tracks. Also, as many museums will tell you about this area, it was , and still is, a very busy railway. There were constant trains passing in the night. While I usually love trains, I was honestly thinking about starting a campaign to end all rail lines across the east coast.
After all these things, I was very tired in the morning. I was so tired, in fact, that my brother had to motivate me by telling me one of my birthday presents and describing it waiting for me at the end.
When I finally emerged from my slumber, I ran over to the breakfast area where a bowl of yogurt and a nice hot egg and sausage sandwich was waiting for me.
We started on our way on one of the smoothest trails I have ever rode on. It was so smooth, I started to think it was just pavement painted to look like trail.
When the trail eventually reverted to normal grade, we ended up at a town called Ohioplye where we got ice cream. This town is also famous for the time when we got fudge and I was somehow able to snatch it off of Bopa’s bike rack… While we were moving.
The rest of the day was uneventful. A geocache here and there. Stopping for lunch at connelsville. Etc. When we stopped at our campsite, we finally set up our hammock that we have used every year since I have done this trip.
Now I am sitting in it while Paul sets up the tent. Only one day left.