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Tribute to trails

| Friday, June 21, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

I read with interest the “Opening the Gap ... Trail Tales” about the rails-to-trails movement across the country and, in particular, in our region. This article well-described the number of bikers, runners and walkers who use the Great Allegheny Passage each year. Most interesting was that 10 percent of users travel on the trail past the Youghiogheny River in Connellsville.

The Daily Courier also did a first-rate article on the passage last year filled with a variety of pictures and informative writing, showing the sites in both directions. I like how the Courier places emphasis on rails-to-trails for residents and, of course, for those passing through on the trail. I noticed that Martin's has picnic tables set up for bicyclists, and Bikes Unlimited does a wonderful job servicing bicycles quickly for those coming through.

When I was at Bikes Unlimited, I spoke to a man in his 20s who had taken the trail from Washington and was headed to Pittsburgh, then to San Francisco. You also see plenty of seniors on the trail, some taking the ride to Ohiopyle and beyond.

We are lucky to be right along the Gap and fortunate that the Courier devotes so much effort to covering this wonderful recreational opportunity.

Michael Hricik

Mt. Pleasant

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