Hello everyone! Today was Day 9 of our adventure. We started at 8 a.m., earlier than any other day so far this summer. We had a 76-mile ride ahead of us, 70 of which were uphill, and we had a scheduled presentation to make at our next destination, so it was a good thing we were able to get a move-on so early.
We departed from Connellsville Church of God after a prayer with Pastor Confer among the breathtaking mountatins of Connellsville, Pa. Then we rode our last downhill stetch for 70 miles to where we started back on the Greater Allegheny Passage. Despite the challenge of the the entire trail climbing uphill until we reached the Continental Divide between the Gulf of Mexico Watershed and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the views along the Allegheny River were so refreshing and definitely worth the work. That being siad, the relief of the six-mile downhill stretch was definitely welcome!
We thought we were done with hills when we made it to Frostburg, Md. Then we all had to look UP the hill, one of the largest hills we’ve seen in the last week and a half, to Frostburg’s First Presbyterian Church, where we are staying tonight. It took a long time and we were REALLY stinky and tired by the time we made it, but it was worth it! When we arrived, Tom and Maxene swiftly guided us to Frostburg State Univeristy where Dave let us use the showers at their gym facility. Thank you SO MUCH, Tom, Maxene and Dave! We were all so overjoyed to get clean and comfortable for the amazing spaghetti dinner made for us by First Presbyterian’s congregation. They were so interested in learning about our cause and excited to share the housing rehabilitation projects they were working on in their community. Jane, one of the curch members, told us about an organization she’s starting called Neighborhood Friends Care, which shares many of the same principles as The Fuller Center, especially in regards to giving those helped opportunity to give back.
First Prebysterian is so generous to cook for us, listen to us, and let our bodies and bikes rest in their beautiful church. We need the rest for tomorrow’s 50-mile ride. It should be all downhill though!
I can’t wait to bike more of the gorgeous Greater Allegheny Passage tomorrow. Thanks for reading! Good night and God Bless!
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