Saturday, July 12, 2008

RIDING THE MONONGAHELA RAIL TRAIL
Morgantown, West Virginia ride is rustic along the river

NEAR WVU. A camper from Morgantown, just 12 miles up U.S. Highway 119 from the Blackhills Free Methodist Camp, recommended that I ride the rail trail there. I started at a trail head near West Virginia University and rode my road bike on the paved and fine powder gravel. It was quite smooth. I rode south toward Fairmont along the river. The trail, a converted railway bed, is well maintained. The river on one side and wooded cliffs on the other make it an entertaining ride. I came across a number of walkers and bikers, even 10 miles outside the city. I want to go back and ride the trail northward--into Pennsylvania if I have time.

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