Day 2 began at 7:15 with our morning routine of deflating our mattresses and packing everything back into the pannier bags. While I worked on my things, Dear Husband would start heating water for our breakfast meal and my cup of tea. Once our dehydrated meal was stirred and steaming, we would work together to fold the tent up and re-pack it for another day on the trail.
Once everything was packed up we were headed down the trail with our lunch stop scheduled for 27+ miles away in Ohiopyle, PA. The weather was beautiful once again even though there was rain in the forecast.
Just past mile marker 90 the trail goes through Connellsville, PA. After passing under a unique archway the trail meanders through Yough Park where you will see a replica of Colonial William Crawford’s cabin. “Crawford was an Indian trader, pioneer, frontier soldier, and close friend of George Washington.” Trail Book 11th Edition
We made it to Ohiopyle by early afternoon and just before the rain caught up with us. We ordered pizza from Paddler’s Pizza and parked our bikes and ourselves under the town gazebo. The Ohiopyle firemen were having a Pancake and Sausage meal going on along with cider making and craft booths. So we enjoyed watching the festivities and purchasing a half gallon of cider to wash down our pizza. It was here that we met 3 folks that had ridden their bicycles from Connellsville to Ohiopyle just for the pancake lunch. They have made this event a yearly tradition and we enjoyed conversation with them as we all waited out the rain together. They had bicycled many places and it was exciting to hear the stories they had to tell (and get inspiration for future trips of my own!)
Once the rain stopped we knew we didn’t have enough time to go 25 more miles to Rockwood, PA where I had planned our next camping stop. So we made Confluence, PA, just 11 miles away, the new destination. The Outflow Camping area in Confluence was close to the trail and had showers, which sounded pretty good to me!
Unfortunately, when we reached the campground there was no one in the registration building and it appeared that their camping season had come to a close. We found one gentleman in the park who told us we could still camp(I’m not sure how official his word was,…). There was one bathroom open, but the shower house was closed(insert sad face here:-( ) I was grateful that we still were able to camp there because the rain was once again rolling in and with night approaching neither Dear Husband or I had much desire to pedal 15 more miles in the dark or rain.
We were able to get the tent set up and everything inside before the rain showers came. We cooked a quick Beef Stroganoff meal inside the tent and rejoiced that our bellies were full and our beds were dry.There will be no need for an oilcan for us in the morning!
After 40 miles and 4 1/2 hours of pedaling we had completed day 2 of our journey.