THE “GRAND CANYON”
8/7/11 | 81 miles | Sayre to Slate Run Village, Pennsylvania
JON MUELLER/CBF STAFF
On the route to Mansfield, Pennsylvania, we saw increasing evidence of the
effects of Marcellus Shale drilling—tanker trucks carrying “residual wastewater,”
drilling platforms, water-extraction areas, and pipelines in the process of being
buried. All couched in the scenic pastoral countryside of Bradford and Tioga
Counties in Pennsylvania.
After lunch, we headed to Wellsboro—billed as the beginning of the Grand
Canyon of Pennsylvania also known as the Pine Creek Rail/Trail. The trail runs
through a scenic gorge along Pine Creek.
LONG AND WINDING ROAD
8/17/11 | 80 miles | Carrolton, Virginia, to Pocomoke City, Maryland
KATE WILSON/CBF STAFF
Today marked another milestone as we turned our bikes north for the first time
in a couple weeks. With so many highways and tunnels and no bike lanes in the
Suffolk-Norfolk area it was best to travel by car. As soon as it was safe and
legal, our ride dropped us on the Eastern Shore. We spent the next eight and a
half hours grinding along on the back roads of the “shore.” Long winding roads
with high speeds. Now we’re back in Maryland for the first time in nearly three
weeks and it feels good to have our sixth watershed state in our sights.
Cape Charles, Virginia
8/19/11 | 76 miles | Seaford, Delaware, to Annapolis, Maryland
Made great time through the Eastern Shore countryside to Easton, Maryland.
Then we headed north, passing the site of the former Wye Oak, past the outlet
stores, onto the Cross Island Trail on Kent Island to a marina where we met CBF
staff members John Page Williams and Paul Willey who escorted us by boat
across the Chesapeake Bay.
We were welcomed back to CBF by many friends, family, and colleagues. We felt
like celebrities! What an incredible homecoming. Then it was onto the back deck
for a party.