On Sunday, more than 250 trail enthusiasts from across the country convened in Maryland to start RTC's 12th annual Greenway Sojourn.
This year's route began in Wierton, W.V., and will finish in Cumberland, Md., 191 miles, three states and four trail systems later. A new addition to the 2014 Sojourn is the walking option, and we're excited to have a strong group of walkers to launch the program!
For many on this year's trip, the sojourn is not only an opportunity to ride on famous trails, like the Great Allegheny Passage, but also a chance to bring attention to gaps in the trail system in meaningful ways. On Monday, sojourners will give feedback to the town of Glassport, Pa., as they look into improving their town's bikeability.
Tom Sexton, RTC's northeast regional director, reminded this year's participants of the impact that past sojourns have had in the trail world. "Every year, I have someone approach me, whether that's an elected official or a member of the chamber of commerce [from a local community along the route], and say 'Yeah, now I get it!' A light goes off, and it's a beautiful thing," he says.
The kickoff day concluded with pulled pork sandwiches, local live music and ice cream! Needless to say, we're looking forward to the week ahead!