Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day Four - Rockwood to Frostburg

Last night was a good night. The Hostel on Main is a great place to spend a night. The hostel had two private rooms that slept up to six and a large room for about eighteen. There was a place two doors up that had great food. Highly recommend this place.

Today we got started around ten. We had a twenty mile uphill climb to the Eastern Continental Divide. The weather was really overcast and a lot cooler. Long sleeves would have felt good. As we climbed further into the mountains we were really beginning to feel the effects of four days of uphill pedaling. Mike was a real trooper though. He held onto the rope as I pulled him up the hill. Ha Ha

We passed by Meyesdale and stopped by the historical center there. This was interesting. Talked to a gentleman that said we only had about eight more miles of fairly flat pedaling. That was crap. I am beginning to belie e that just about everyone we talk to on the trail has a way of keeping you motivated by not telling the exact truth. We eventually made the Eastern Continental Divide and were very ecstatic. From that point on until we got off the trail at Frostburg we had very little pedaling to do. Yea!! Along the way we passed through The Big Savage Tunnel. Over 3900 feet of tunnel. This tunnel was lighted. Then came Thank Borden Tunnel which was of lighted. Riding through this tunnel without lights and only able to see the ground in front of you and at the end really began to freak me out. Talk about tunnel vision, now I know what that means. Whew.

As we continued our downhill descent we looked for a den of rattlesnakes that were reported to be nesting by the trail. No luck. Maybe that is good.

When we got off the trail at Frostburg we had another big uphill to get into town. Yuck.

Finally made it to hotel and got food and now relaxing.

Only inconvenience today was that Mike had a flat tire about six miles from the start.

We had an interesting meeting with a group of three brothers that we saw back in Ohiopyle. As we were taking pics at the top of the mountain the three of them came biking up again. One says 'hey is that the Guy from the campground'. Then this evening we see them three more Tim's and they are staying at the same hotel. Neat!!


  1. You sound like you are enjoying the trip. Hope so. I'm enjoying your trip.

  2. FINALLY figured out how to post a comment!

  3. Glad to hear you got the padded shorts! I thought you would need those for a trip this long! Sounds like you are having a great adventure! I'm going to share some words of advise that I so readily gave to Brian when he was bicycling - PEDAL - PEDAL - PEDAL - PEDAL.

    Thank you for keeping us informed and keep up the good work.