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Greenway Sojourn 2011
A Celebration of Trails and Trail Building

Did you miss the action? Not to worry, there's always next year, and we've put together a video of the highlights from this year's ride!

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has hosted the Greenway Sojourn since 2002. Almost 2,500 people, representing every state in the country, have participated in these memorable bicycle rides, experiencing the joys and benefits of rail-trails and the communities that support them.

The 2011 Sojourn explored, for the first time, the northern Laurel Highlands, centered in Indiana County—about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The two Indiana County trails we'll explore the most during the Sojourn are gems—the Ghost Town and the Hoodlebug. The county is a leader in trail development, hence the name of the parks department, Indiana County Parks & Trails.

In addition to trails, Indiana County has much more to offer. Known as the "Christmas Tree Capital of the World," Indiana County was also home to Jimmy Stewart. The museum in his honor features many artifacts from his military and Hollywood careers.

Also, come early or stay late after the Sojourn so you can visit northern Indiana County, which is home to more than 300 old order Amish families. Experience the beautiful country scenery of rolling farmland, the clatter of horses pulling buggies, shopping in the quaint shops and tasting the local cuisine. Shoppers can enjoy selections of pottery, locally made wine, country crafts, quilts, Amish furniture and baked goods.

With more than 21 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including buildings on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus (where we will camp), covered bridges and several historical societies, this area is filled with history. Indiana County played a major role in the Underground Railroad; visit the museum and short walking tour in Blairsville, which we also bicycle through on the Sojourn.

Other trails we'll visit follow the route of Pennsylvania's historical Main Line Canal, which is being redeveloped as a trail. If you haven't already, you can register for free at TrailLink.com to check out maps and learn more about the trails we'll ride, including:

This year, we are offering two ride lengths, both of which start and end in Ebensburg, Pa.: a five-day, 200-mile route, and a six-day option that features an extra day of road and trail riding. Both ride options include an optional kayak/canoe trip. And if you choose the six-day route, you'll learn more about the Mainline Canal project and ride the Path of the Flood and Staple Bend Tunnel Trail, which features a spin through the first railroad tunnel in America!

Visit the Johnstown Area Heritage Association website for more info on the Johnstown Flood Museum, riding the Inclined Plane, Flight 93 Memorial, Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater, the Iron and Steel Gallery, the Quecreek Mine Rescue and much more.

Read more about the Sojourn, including a day-to-day ride schedule, how to prepare, pricing and registration. The Sojourn is limited to 300 riders this year, so act fast to reserve your spot!

 

 

July 19-24, 2011

Sojourn Map


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More Information

Information Packet

Ride details

If you have any other questions, please contact RTC's Northeast Regional Office at sojourn@railstotrails.org or call 717.238.1717


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