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Snow storm from Ohiopyle to Cumberland.

Kim from MI on 4/19/2022 9:23:44 PM:
I had to stay an extra night in Ohiopyle due to heavy rain on 4/18. I set off this morning 4/19 heading for Frostburg, trail was good until Rockwood. I got about 1.5 miles to Meyersdale, then I encountered 4" snow with blizzard conditions. Turned back and got a shuttle to Frostburg. Hated missing the Great Divide. But sense sometimes has to take control. Hoping the snow will be cleared enough for a nice freewheel to Cumberland in the morning. What a day!

 
Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 4/19/2022 10:13:50 PM:
Kim: Sorry to hear the weather up there deteriorated even further than here in Pittsburgh here today. It was blustery, cold and snowing at times here, but we did not have any accumulation. Your experience is why I say that riding the GAP Trail in April can be uncomfortable especially at those higher elevations around Rockwood and Meyersdale. That said, one can also encounter several days of relatively warm weather in April as well. I hope the rest of your trip goes well. Enjoy the freewheeling down to Cumberland. How was your yurt accommodation?

 
Kim from MI on 4/19/2022 11:07:01 PM:
It was great, very rustic. But more comfortable than a one man tent. Accidentally left my solar powered lantern there. So I hope to pick up something similar in Cumberland. I loved that lantern.

 
John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 4/20/2022 6:36:20 PM:
Bummer you missed most of the downhill of the Divide! You will still get 9 miles of downhill out of Frostburg to Cumberland (I think that’s the mileage). Smart move taking the shuttle though and avoiding the worst snow. I hope the C&O isn’t that muddy for the remainder of your trip. What’s your plans for the Paw Paw Tunnel? Have you encountered a lot of touring cyclists during this April journey? Today seemed much warmer all around and I hope you get more. John

 
Tom from Vienna,va on 4/24/2022 7:20:40 AM:
Since I just returned, Saturday, I will offer that I saw a very few touring riders. Most were headed west. I did meet Paul, from the Netherlands who is visiting USA on a 90 day travel visa. He flew into DC and is headed west, then to SFO then flying home. He wanted to see our country firsthand. He has no contacts here, except in SF. He seemed like a nice guy. Paul, if you read this.. feel free to reach out.

 
Tom from Vienna,va on 4/26/2022 6:48:58 PM:
Please note and be prepared for a hard, steep hike up a rough single track from the west and a long, sinuous, slippery hike up from the East over the PawPaw tunnel. Please don’t approach the tunnel near dusk thinking you’ll roll through. It’s closed. The distance is “only” 1.5 miles, they say, but I had a loaded rig so it felt longer.

 
Kim from MI on 5/11/2022 10:06:09 PM:
Hi Tom, I had lunch with Paul in Cumberland. Really nice guy. I have kept on touch with him and said to call if he ever really gets stuck or needs help in anyway. Also following his efforts on strava. He's really pushing the daily miles. 100+ on some days.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 5/12/2022 11:40:44 AM:
I’d be quite interested in Paul’s comments about his trip and the country.

 
TomD from Vienna on 5/12/2022 9:43:24 PM:
Kim, thanks for the comments about Paul. I leave next week but won’t catch him. I wished I had taken the time to get his contact info. He seemed to be so eager to “see America up close”. Thanks.