Today the Yough River Trail Riders helped fellow member Don Lewis,age 86, celebrate a milestone of 40,000 lifetime miles. An amazing feat at any age. Don is an inspiration to us all. Bill Hurrianko, group leader of Bill's Riders, standing next to Don.
Bill Hurrianko is WYTC's leader of the organized rides which began in 2009. If you are interested in having others to ride with, this is the way to be active, feel safe along the trail and to make new friends. Rides are held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and either Friday or Saturday with anywhere from 6 - 23 riders for a 30-mile round trip.
Bill reports that this is the 12th year for organized bike rides!
The Thursday rides are reserved for beginners or those who just want a shorter, slower ride. Thursday rides have a pace of 8 to 10 miles per hour and a distance of 15 to 20 miles. The rides on other days are of lengths from 20 to 40 miles, with a pace of 10 to 12 miles per hour average speed depending on the group that assembles.
All rides begin at 9:00 and leave from the West Newton Station with the exception of Tuesday's ride which may begin in Whitsett, Connellsville, Ohiopyle, Confluence, McKeesport, the Ghost Town Trail or other starting points.
In 2013 we rode from Pittsburgh to Cumberland over several days and from Cumberland to D.C. the following year.
A ride is just not a ride but usually includes stops along the way. For example, when riding from Connellsville to Ohiopyle, we may stop at the Ohiopyle Bakery or Fall's Market and upon returning to Connellsville have a late lunch at the Italian Oven. In June, we cycled to the Three Rivers Arts Festival, took advantage of the valet parking for bikes, and spent several hours enjoying the food and activities.
Twenty-five members of the group traveled to Ohio in September and spent several days riding trails and also visited the Air Force Museum.
If interested, leave your name and email at the West Newton Station and you will be contacted. To be included on our email list you must do an initial ride and be a member of the Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter, the volunteer group which maintains the Westmoreland County section of trail, part of the Great Allegheny Passage. Or, contact Bill Hurrianko at the RTC at 724-872-5586 or at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We keep in touch during the off season by meeting for lunch on the second Thursday during January, February and March with the first lunch of the year to be held at Rodney’s near Irwin. We finish out the riding season with a Christmas party. As you can see we don't just ride, but also enjoy eating!
Even in winter, our group is active! Good for body, soul, spirit.
Totally paved and the countryside is amazing! it's the people I was with that made the trip so memorable!! Pics by Diana Shoff, Cheryl Haberstock.