Bike the GAP riders are great about letting us know what they thought of the trail, of the B&Bs, and our services. We hope these reviews will help others in their trip planning process. You can find even more reviews at our TripAdvisor page.
We got home last evening after spending a couple of extra days in Pittsburgh after completing the GAP. Speaking for my family, I can confidently state that we all had a wonderful experience.
The GAP trail itself was well maintained, easy to ride and clearly marked. It passed through a diverse range of scenery – forest, so many waterfalls we lost count, rivers, bridges, towns, historical spots and industrial ruins. We also spotted the following wildlife — bear, deer, rabbits, tons of cardinals, osprey, snapping turtle, Baltimore oriole, goldfinches, wild turkeys and groundhogs. Fellow cyclists were friendly and we quickly developed a sense of camaraderie with them.
The itinerary you provided worked out very well. We needed to keep up a decent pace to arrive at our day’s destination, but we were not exhausting ourselves in the process. Our 11 year old son kept up – no problem.
Thank you for your assistance in making this trip a reality. If we ever do this trip again (we were thinking that it is probably beautiful in the fall!), we will most certainly use Bike the GAP again.
“[BTG] did a fantastic job. The recommended mileage each day was within our abilities (two 59 year-old avid cyclists) and the accommodations were fantastic. All of the B&B’s exceeded our expectations.”
“Yes, in reality we should have gone with the 7-day trip. The six day version didn’t leave us enough time to do the “stop and smell the roses” that we wanted to do. The 74 mile day was tough on Susan, but we made it with no issues. I would recommend that you steer riders to the 7-day trip over the six-day trip if they have the time.”
“I was surprised at the second day of only 28 miles but it turned out to be perfect since we had lunch in Ohiopyle and a tour of Fallingwater. I can’t imagine anybody missing that opportunity.”
“Day 2 (40+ miles) was a bit long for us…I was more comfortable hitting a 25-30 mile trip….my lesson learned for next time!”
“There were bike shops along the way but I didn’t need them. Two members of our group did get minor adjustments. The C&O Canal trail was rough and generally muddy but I expected that. The GAP trail was more comfortable. But I wanted the canal experience and got it. No complaints.”
“Yes, I felt safe on the trail…and, as was tested, our emergency of getting another bike was successful.”
“Yes, we had no problem finding any of the items of interest or destinations along the route. We did find our odometers indicated the legs were 1-3 mile longer than predicted. The TrailBook was very detailed and I wish I had read it closer before we departed Connecticut.”
“We felt safe on the trail; we were never that far away from a small town or city. All the materials you provided were helpful and detailed.
“This trip exceeded all expectations!"
"All communications, daily itineraries, accommodations, shuttle arrangements, and meal recommendations were fabulous!!”
– Karen H.