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Sy Klist Friday, June 17, 2005
Wow, Mobil Smith!!! Whadda story!! First, i'm glad you're more or less okay & that nothing was broken, & that you got yourself checked out at the ER. What's with the critters along the trail this year! So far this Spring, i've had close calls with rabbits, chipmunks & even a groundhog that show no fear of a pair of wheels going @ 14 mph & a rider perched precariously between them. usually, my anxiety is aroused by loose dogs lunging at the wheel but this year these other animals seem much less afraid of bikes. these critters are not attacking, but they do seem much more oblivious to the bike as they dart across the trail. back in november two deer ahead of me were bounding down the trail for a few dozen yards--one after the other, one-two-three-kick--that was a treat to watch. glad i wasn't much closer, what with no helmet or body armour!
pittsburgh, pa USA  
Mobil Smith [Contact] Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Favorite Segment: Dawson to Whittset Access Point: Dawson, PA
Monday, June 13, 2005 Turkey 1 Cyclist 0 This morning as part of an 80 mile bike effort this week I set out on an 18 mile ride from Dawson to Perryopolis roundtrip along “the Yough”. Yesterday I had done an 11 mile trip from Dawson to Connellsville roundtrip, the first leg of which was the steepest grade on the trail. By 9:00 am I had completed the first 9 miles and had turned around and was headed back toward Dawson. After about half a mile I encountered on the trail two large wild turkeys with two ‘baby turkeys”. As they moved to one side of the trail I left the limestone part of the trail on the opposite side to give them plenty of room. Just before I was even with them one of the adults became “airborne” and attacked, “beaking” me between my nose and mouth. Needless to say this led to Mobil’s first 12 mph bike crash in about 48 years. Half dazed on the ground from the impact I realized that this bird of prey was coming at me again for a second taste and I started screaming and cursing...ready to wring its damn neck if it came any closer but the fowl suddenly realized its advantage of surprise was now gone and retreated with its family over a nearby hill toward the river. I looked around and tried to collect myself. I spied my nearby cellphone. The last thing I wanted to do was get on that thing and call for an emergency rescue service. I could already see myself being the laughing stock of Western Pennsylvania (“Turkey Turns Tables on Poultry Fed Cyclist”). Still I was hurting and there was blood all over my shirt but I soon realized it was all coming from the wound beneath my nose. My legs seemed OK but both arms and my chest were hurting. The front wheel and the handlebars didn’t look good and I couldn’t tell about the rest of my cycle. Both water bottles had been knocked free but were within reach. I spent about 15 minutes on the ground..my arms didn’t seem to want to assist me in getting up. During this time I was able to determine the rear wheel had a clean spin to it, that the rearview "monocle mirror" on my helmet was destroyed forever and that my glasses had survived intact. After reassembling my belongings properly I finally got myself to my feet. I took the front wheel between my legs while gripping the handlebars with my hands and straightened it out the way we used to do when we were kids. I got back on the bike, a little wobbly at first and started heading back toward Dawson. About a mile and a half down the trail I pulled off for a trailside picnic table and rested a moment while drinking about 10 ounces of water. I decided I had about forty five more minutes of riding to do. While I was there the first cyclists I had seen all day passed me on their way going South. I gave them a friendly wave. I returned to the trail and going at about three quarter speed rode the rest of the way back to Dawson. I managed to get the bike prepped and loaded in the back of my Malibu Maxx and then slipped into the front seat and pulled down the visor mirror to see what I had done to my relatively scar free face. I had acquired a ¾ inch laceration where the turkey had struck me which had stopped bleeding by then. Although using my arms was difficult and the seatbelt hurt on my chest I got on my way for the fifty minute ride home. I stopped at home long enough to explain to mom why I wouldn’t be bringing lunch in today (we had leftover Pizza we would have eaten tomorrow) and headed over to my local ER. Finally at the ER 3 + hours since my crash after a series of x-rays of my chest, left shoulder and right elbow it was determined that I hadn’t broken anything but that I was pretty badly bruised up (ribs and joints). They gave me a tetanus shot, a tramadol shot in the butt(which took the edge off some of the pain) and glued my above lip gash back together. The Doctor also wrote me a prescription for 16 of the biggest damn percosets I’ve ever seen which he promised I’d be glad I had about 32 hours from now. Did you know you can get pneumonia from something like this? I have to take 10 deep breaths every hour for the next week to prevent it. Lesson from this..The next time I see “make way for ducklings” (or turkeys) I’m doing a u-turn and head in the opposite direction. posted by jipzeecab at 7:25 PM 0 comments
Pittsburgh, PA USA  
Trail enthusiast Saturday, June 11, 2005
Favorite Segment: Connellsville to Dawson Access Point: Connellsville, PA
PRIME YOUGH BIKE TRAIL PROPERTY FOR SALE IN CONNELLSVILLE: 11 acres bordering the Yough Bike Trail, just minutes from The Widewaters Development at 5 Corners. Beautiful tree surrounded acreage. Could be used for Bed & Breakfast, horseboarding or private country living. see more info @ forsalebyowner.com, List number: 20424407. Asking Price, $845,000.00
Connellsville, PA USA  
Bryan Dakelton [Contact] Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Favorite Segment: Ohiopyle to Connellsville Access Point: Connellsville, PA
Another riding season is once again here. We have some of the nations best trails in our area. Heres to a Safe and funfilled 2005 season. As always tanks to Len for putting up picutres of our trails for us to see. http://mysite.verizon.net/lennoxx0458/links.html
Johnstown, Pa USA  
Chad [Contact] Sunday, May 08, 2005
Well folks,I am new to the trail but plan on frequenting it very often from diffrent access points.As of now I've only entered from Boston and have rode as far as Buena Vista.I'm just returning to riding after a 5 year hiatus so I'm easing back into it,but I'd like to explore as much of the trail as I can as I think it is a wonderful thing to be able to have access to,good day to all and until next time,I'll see you on the trail.
West Mifflin, Pa USA  
ray [Contact] Thursday, April 21, 2005
was wondering how charles' survey from march 28 was coming? will you post results/comments. just interested.
J Bean Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Favorite Segment: Ohiopyle to Connellsville Access Point: Connellsville, PA
Wow, what a beautiful walk going south from Connellsville is. The mountains, the spring streams plummeting down the hillside. I couldn't believe how gorgous it is. I normally walk between Dawson and Layton, but just about four miles south of Connellsville the views are spectacular walking along the river below the mountains... I probably walked 7 miles, once I got past the two bridges I just didn't want to stop. Connellsville people sure are lucky to live near such accessible beauty.
Greensburg, PA USA  
Sy Klist [Contact] Friday, April 01, 2005
Our trail is back!! The surface is dry & solid--no more mush--and signs that the world is coming back to life are everywhere. Coltsfoot line the trail & clump on rock outcroppings, & there are some violets blooming around MP 21. You can see a green haze in the woods, as trees & bushes are budding.
pittsburgh, pa USA  
Charles [Contact] Monday, March 28, 2005
This is a survey , and your comments are welcome . Biking hiking Trail security parking a problem? Can’t find a secure place to park your vehicle for a few days ,as you and your family enjoy the Pa biking hiking trail. Please email your response to mailmandeliver@yahoo.com Sincerely, Charles
Connellsville, PA USA  
Paul Demers [Contact] Sunday, March 20, 2005
I am planning to bike from Connellsville to Harpers Ferry in April. Does anyone have a good suggestion for a safe place to park cars for 4-5 days? Thanks
South Burlington, Vermont USA  
primo [Contact] Saturday, March 19, 2005
It was all beautiful!
omaha, Nebraska USA  
c Saturday, March 19, 2005
Organizers of a newly formed neighborhood watch want to see more citizen and police participation. The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. April 20 at Highlands Hospital in Connellsville.....By Mark Hofmann DAILY COURIER ...Here is the information on the Community partnership I spoke of in my last post. I hope more people will get involved, rather then B&C. Sincerely Charles
Bryan Ryan [Contact] Monday, March 14, 2005
Access Point: Connellsville, PA
Just wanted to say thanks to Len of Lens Rails to Trails for the nice winter pictures he had on his webpage this past few months of the Yough River Trail. I enjoyed them. I see he has now posted some new spring pictures along with other ones. Thanks Len I always enjoy them.
Johnstown, Pa USA  
JJ Monday, February 21, 2005
Favorite Segment: Ohiopyle to Connellsville Access Point: Connellsville, PA
Re: Carlos-- The Bed and Breakfast is very nice. They say the food is wonderful. It was built around 1904 by Mr. Newmyer for his new bride. He owned one of the original Opera Houses in town. Stop at the Youghiogheny Glass Gallery while here . It is known for stained glass. The building is an old Railroad station about 4 blocks west of the BIKES UNLIMITED shop. The bike shop is on the city street that leads you right to the trail, headed either north or south. The owers are very nice. and they have a very nice inventory. They also rent bikes . The trail south is about a 2% grade up the old rail line, but it is very easy to peddle. Once you rid out of town about 1 mile , you are in God's country. Nothing but trees, river, and squirrels. It is tree lined and shaddy most of the way south. Going north toward Pittsburgh is tree lined but more sunny. South takes you to Ohiopyle , not far from Fallingwater and also Kentuck Knob, which is a Wright design as well. It is about 18 miles on the trail from COnnellsville to Ohiopyle. HAVE FUN!. Great Chinese Restaurant in town, also-- THe Double Dragon on the same street as the B & B. about 3 blocks north.
Cconnellsville USA  
Leonard Shean [Contact] Friday, February 18, 2005
Favorite Segment: Ohiopyle to Connellsville Access Point: Connellsville, PA
Re: Carlos: The trail is crushed limestone. There is a bike shop right along the trail in Connellsville called, Bikes Unlimited 503 West Crawford Ave 724-628-2453 They have sales-service and rentals at this location. I'm sure your enjoy the trail. http://users.adelphia.net/~lshean/
Derry, Pa USA  
Carlos [Contact] Thursday, February 17, 2005
My wife and I are going to be in the area in April, visiting Fallingwater and staying in Connellsville at a bed and breakfast. We were wondering what the surface of the trail is(paved,pea gravel or mixed)? We are looking to bring our road bikes along. Also, are there any good bike shops along or near the trail?
La Crosse, WI USA  
Curiosity [Contact] Monday, February 07, 2005
Favorite Segment: Buena Vista to Boston Access Point: Buena Vista
Lanslide & excessive run off on trail from Buena Vista toward Boston. Closer to the new facility area in Buena Vita. PLEASE use caution, on trail. Landslide is moving more at each passing day.
Buena Vista, Pa USA  
joan hiester [Contact] Sunday, February 06, 2005
What are trail conditions between Boston & West Newton? Has snow melted? Bring bike or skis??
pittsburgh, pa USA  
Leonard Shean [Contact] Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Favorite Segment: Ohiopyle to Connellsville
Re: CW Fan: I cross country ski on the trail from Connellsville to Ohiopyle pretty often, i've met many people doing just the same over the last few weeks since we have had a fair amount of snow on the trail. I think you would enjoy it actually. I've also done it on the Ghost Town Trail a few times, this year. We are really lucky to have so many top notch trails in our area that provide year round use. Len. http://users.adelphia.net/~lshean/
Derry, Pa. USA  
GW Fan Sunday, January 30, 2005
Anyone ever have any luck cross country skiing on the yough river trail? It's something I always wanted to do... Just wondered if anyone tried it?
Pittsburgh, PA USA  

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