Bike Ride 2013 - Day 3
layover day in Confluence, PA

Greenway Sojourn 2013 - Day 3

map courtesy of the Great Allegheny Passage website
Note: the town of Confluence takes pride in how it's name is pronounced (CON-fluence)

  • The three rivers that converge here are said to look like a "turkey's foot".
  • We are going on a 7.5-mile ride on Class III whitewater rapids of the Yough River with about 75 other bike riders.
Lower Yough rafting trip map

Lower Yough rafting trip map
(courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources)

  • Lots of fun, but very challenging and different from anything we've ever done before.
  • We get wet, but it's warm out, so it's actually quite refreshing.
  • Richard gets tossed out of our raft once, but is quickly rescued by one of the river guides.
  • Our raft gets caught on lots of rocks and we learn how to get it off the rocks without getting out of the raft.
  • We stop half way for lunch, which is set out for us on an old mill stone that, legend has it, was tossed (or fell) from a passing train long ago.
Linda Sue & Richard on the Yough River

Linda Sue is on the left with her oar in the air;
Richard is in the middle with his oar over the word "Wilderness" painted on the raft

Linda Sue & Richard on the Yough River

Linda Sue is on the left with her oar just touching the water;
Richard is in the middle with his oar blade in the air

Linda Sue & Richard on the Yough River

Linda Sue is on the left;
Richard is on the right

Linda Sue & Richard on the Yough River

Linda Sue is on the left;
Richard is on the right sitting on the side of the raft

  • The railroad is very much in use with many trains chugging by at all hours of the day and night.
  • That evening, we decide to eat out at a nice restaurant in Confluence next to the Yough River, aptly called The River's Edge Café. We enjoy our meal while sitting with several other riders on the Sojourn. Almost have a minyan when the group finds out that I am a cantor.
  • The weather turns just as we are paying for the meal, so we make a mad dash back to the campsite just as the rain begins.
  • At a lull in the evening's rain, the organizers make a campfire and lay out all the fixin's for s'mores. Yum!

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