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After lunch, we looked at the 43 miles remaining to the Johnstown BMX track and decided to search for a campground between Meyersdale and there. Unfortunately, the only campground near Johnstown was fully rented out for a wedding and was not accepting outside guests tonight. We searched hotel rooms and found them to be a bit pricey; July is going to be a long month and we’ve already exhausted more of our “buffer” account than we had planned. So, we found a reasonably priced campground in Somerset which adds about 8 miles to our trip but seemed feasible since it was only 24 miles from there AND would allow us to stay on the GAP for an additional 12 miles. 12 DOWN HILL MILES!!
The time flew by and suddenly our exit from the trail, lead us into the town of Rockwood, PA. There were terrific street banners that said “Welcome to Rockwood” with a picture of a bicyclist on it; VERY COOL! Our GPS lead us toward Somerset via some of the toughest uphill, winding roads. Welcome back to Pennsylvania! UGH! I know I shouldn’t whine … BUT … well, just that: MY BUTT! During one climb, the familiar butt muscle pull returned. When your butt is as big as mine, those kinds of pulls really hurt. I dismounted and walked my bike to the top of a few of the tough ones.
As we came into the town of Somerset, we found a grocery store and picked up Oatmeal for breakfast but chose to forego dinner fixings because the prices at the store were outrageous. .. And there was a big $1.04 Chicken Sandwich sign at the Burger King across the street. We devoured chicken sandwiches and rode the remaining 5 miles to the campground. Luckily, the last ½ mile was a nice downhill run.
On a personal note … Kelly, I loved the “July” joke; you should write a book of those kinds of jokes. Hey, Mary Beth … we’re mulling over the idea of riding Cumberland, MD to DC after this adventure ends in September. Frankenbutt and I are thinking of doing it alone (the Beast will stay with Grammy) and seeing if it can be done in a single day. If it works out, we’re considering developing a bike ride package, maybe call it CD (CumberlanD) to DC ride. I’ll catch up with you as we get closer to the reality of it. And to Sheena … in a little over a week, we’re all going to be toasting our time together in Pittsburgh! YEAH!
Tomorrow we head to Johnstown, PA. I spoke with the President of the track briefly today and he seemed vaguely aware of us. He said camping wasn’t allowed at the track and he didn’t know of any BMX family that might let us camp in their yard either. I better wrap this up so I can look for an affordable July 3rd overnight option; I’m worried that rates will be inflated because of the holiday.