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Bicycling on the "Great Allegheny Passage" in the Laurel Highlands

Program Number: 9947RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/18/2014 - 5/22/2014; 8/24/2014 - 8/28/2014;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $725.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Join us for a bicycling adventure on the first-completed 100 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage. Over the course of three days, cover the passage from Frostburg, Md., to West Newton, Pa., learning about the history along the trail and enjoying the breathtaking beauty of your natural surroundings.




Highlights

• Bike the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-rail trail through the varied landscape of the Laurel Highlands.
• Experience unique riding experiences such as bridges over the Yough River, the 1,000-foot Keystone Viaduct and the amazing Big Savage Tunnel.
• Benefit from the local knowledge of Allegheny Trail Alliance founding member and nature photographer Paul Weigman.



Activity Particulars

Bicycling 30-40 miles a day on mostly level terrain at an average speed of 8 mph. Bring your own bike and helmet; limited rentals are available with advance notice.



Coordinated by Laurelville Mennonite Church Center.




Mount Pleasant

Located at the foot of the Laurel Mountains in southwestern Pennsylvania, this quaint community is at the center of the region's many recreational and scenic opportunities, including the limestone formations of Laurel Caverns, Ohiopyle State Park, and the Ohiopyle and Youghiogheny rivers.



Accommodations
Conference center on 240 forested acres in the Laurel Highlands. Each room has one queen bed and a set of bunk beds.
Meals and Lodgings
   Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
  Mount Pleasant, PA 4 nights
 Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Located on 600 forest acres in the Laurel Highlands, with Jacobs Creek bordering the property.
  Contact info: 941 Laurelville Lane
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666-8908 USA
phone: 800-839-1021
web: www.laurelville.org
  Room amenities: Private bath, small table and chair, dresser.
  Facility amenities: Private bath in each room with linens provided. Hospitality center available with beverages and snacks at all times. TV/VCR available in main meeting area. Piano is also available. Guest phone is available in the public area only. Laundry facilities available as well as an ice machine.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call for prices/availability Please call for prices and availability.
  Check in time: 5:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for prices/availability Please call for prices and availability.
  Check out time: 2:30 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:00 pm Registration at Laurelville You will be staying at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center that night.
  End of Program:
Return to Laurelville by 2:00 pm for departure You will be staying at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
No fees
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Mount Pleasant, PA
  Nearest city or town:  Mt. Pleasant
  Nearest highway: PA Route 982 and Route 31
  Nearest airport:  Arnold Palmer Regional or Pittsburgh International
  From End of Program
  Location: Mount Pleasant, PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Pittsburgh, PA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
phone: 800-839-1021
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$100
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

70 miles

   

For those traveling from a distance, we are happy to help provide transportation to and from Laurelville. For your convenience, airport shuttle service is available at 3:30 pm the day of arrival and 1:00 pm the day of departure (in time for flights 4:00 pm and later) for a cost of $100 each way. The cost may be discounted based on the number of passengers. Please email program@laurelville.org to schedule your transportation. Other times can be arranged on an individual basis.

 
Driving Directions
  Traveling from the East From PA Turnpike take Exit 91 at Donegal and follow PA Route 31 west seven miles to the traffic light at PA Route 982. Turn right onto PA Route 982. Travel one-half mile to the Y-intersection. Turn right and drive one-quarter mile. Laurelville’s entrance is on the right just before the bridge over Jacob’s Creek. The office is located beyond the swimming pool, just to the left of the Dining Hall.
  Traveling from the South Take 119 north to the intersection of PA Route 982. Turn right onto PA 982 for about 8 miles to the intersection of PA Route 31. Continue straight through the light about 1/2 mile (on PA 982) to the Y-intersection. Turn right and drive one-quarter mile. Laurelville's entrance is on the right just before the bridge over Jacob's Creek. The office is located beyond the swimming pool, just to the left of the Dining Hall.
  Traveling from the West On PA Turnpike take Exit 75 at New Stanton and follow US 119 south five miles to the Mount Pleasant/Ruff Dale exit. Take PA Route 31 east through the town of Mount Pleasant and continue traveling east 4 miles to the traffic light intersection of PA Route 982. Turn left onto PA Route 982. Travel one-half mile to the Y-intersection. Turn right and drive one-quarter mile. Laurelville’s entrance is on the right just before the bridge over Jacob’s Creek. The office is located beyond the swimming pool, just to the left of the Dining Hall.
Elevation Note: Highest elevation on our property is 1743.

Equipment Requirements: Bicycle, helmet, rain gear, small bicycle repair kit, spare bicycle tire tube. Bicycle Note: Most bicycles will be fine on the trail which is for the most part surfaced with fine crushed limestone. Experienced riders tend to prefer a hybrid (cross between road and mountain bikes) as thin tires can sink into the trail surface and make the going slow. People with mountain bikes tend to prefer hybrid tires or conservative mountain bike tires with just a little tread in the center and lugs on the edges to handle mud. Barring the extreme tire widths, any bike will work just fine. Be sure the bicycle, particularly the saddle, is comfortable.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Sunday, May 18)
   
 Afternoon: Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. at the conference center. Participants are welcome to come early and explore the trails, creek and waterfall that are part of the 600 wooded acres though rooms will not be ready until 5:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner in the dining hall.
 Evening: A brief orientation and introductions will be held in your lodging facility. Dessert will be served following the presentation.
   
Accommodations: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall
 Morning: After breakfast participants will be transported via charter bus to Frostburg, MD, the starting point of the trip. The morning ride of 16 miles will provide a number of highlights including the Mason Dixon Line, Big Savage Tunnel, and Keystone Viaduct.
 Lunch: The group will take a rest at the Deal trail head for a picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: The afternoon ride highlights the Salisbury Viaduct, the restored Meyersdale train station and great views of wind farms along the 19 mile stretch from Deal to Rockwood.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner in the Dining Hall.
 Evening: Evening presentation with dessert to follow.
   
Accommodations: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall.
 Morning: From Laurelville the charter bus will transport the group back to Rockwood to begin the 19 mile morning ride to Confluence.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch in Confluence.
 Afternoon: From Confluence the trail soon takes you into the beauty and serenity of Ohiopyle State Park. Much of the 11 mile afternoon ride runs beside the river, providing great views and opportunities to descend the slope and take a break riverside. Many participants enjoy riding parallel to the active CSX rail-line across the river.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Return to Laurelville and enjoy an evening of relaxing and fellowship with the group.
   
Accommodations: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Wednesday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall.
 Morning: From Laurelville the charter bus will return the group to Ohiopyle to continue the ride. The morning ride is 17 miles from Ohiopyle to Connellsville and highlights include the high and low bridges over the Youghiogheny River as you exit Ohiopyle.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch in Connellsville.
 Afternoon: After lunch, complete the 100 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage with a 25 mile ride to West Newton. The ride will preview landmarks that will be highlighted on the next day's historic float trip on the river.
 Dinner: Dinner in the dining hall.
 Evening: In preparation for our visit to Fallingwater, we will welcome a Fallingwater staff member to present "Fallingwater: A Place for Renewal." The presentation will introduce architect, Frank Lloyd Wright and his clients, the Kaufmann family. Further, we will explore how the house on the waterfall came to be one of the world's most notable examples of harmony between architecture and nature.
   
Accommodations: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Thursday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall.
 Morning: We will end the week with a visit to one the area's most notable attractions--Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, Fallingwater. America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, designed Fallingwater for his clients, the Kaufmann family. It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark entrusted to the care of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Participants will be given time to browse the museum shop and take in the iconic trail view. Please note: There is considerable walking and steps at this site.
 Lunch: We will enjoy lunch onsite at Fallingwater.
 Afternoon: Return to Laurelville after lunch and depart from home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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