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Linking Up: Planning Your Traffic-Free Bike Trip Between Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC - 3rd Edition Paperback – August 7, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Great Allegheny Press; 3rd edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097921081X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979210815
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the essential book if you're planning a trip along the Pittsburgh-DC trailway, or any segment. Well written, this is like a visit with an experienced tour guide. The book offers options for various experience levels. You can't go wrong with this! --A reader

A good pamphlet if your planning the trip. It provides a good deal of useful information on routes and places to stay. It is great that they have produced an updated version of Linking Up since the previous edition was getting out of date with all the new trail construction and new B&B since 2002. --Another reader

About the Author

Mary Shaw and Roy Weil have canoed, biked, hiked, and XC-skied Western Pennsylvania for over 40 years. Many people have introduced them to trails, and they return the favor by writing guide books. They wrote Linking Up to encourage people to make extended trips on the trail between Pittsburgh and Washington. They also wrote FreeWheeling Easy in Western Pennsylvania. This guidebook covers the easy traffic-free bicycling and walking trails in and around Pennsylvania west of US219. All of the trails in this 244 page guidebook are free of automobile traffic. Most are on wide smooth gentle paths, rather than rough, steep, undeveloped trails. There are trails for short family outings and trails for multi-day touring. They also edited the definitive Canoeing Guide to Western Pennsylvania. The guides covers the canoeable waters that run westward out of Pennsylvania via the Ohio River. It includes some streams from neighboring areas, as well, The guide is the result of volunteer effort over the past 30 years by many, many canoeists, working through the Pittsburgh Council, American Youth Hostels . It is currently in its eighth edition, covering about 3000 miles of rivers in 470 pages.

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Great help in planning a wonderful trip.
Kurt Kreuzberger
This book, a pamphlet really, makes all the connections you need to get going.
Randall C. Bard
It is the Bible for this ride and I would recommend it to anyone.
Chris Baldwin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Baldwin on November 12, 2009
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Everywhere I read, this book was recommended. It is the Bible for this ride and I would recommend it to anyone. We carried it with us at all times. We used it for pre-planning, on the ride and after. My only recommendation would be for the authors to charge a little more so a website could be created where trail users can share their own recommendations.

In short, if you're going to go all 320 miles, you need this book. Don't leave home without it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Stuart on January 13, 2009
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This is an excellent source of practical information for anyone planning to ride the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal towpath from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. It lists mileages, bike shops, accommodation and loads of other practical information. There are also suggestions on planning the trip and on how to break it down into shorter sections.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K L Karos on February 16, 2010
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I'm planning a bicycle trip and there is very little written on the Great Allegany Passage. This booklet; check out the pages not very many, is full of great information on both the Passage and the C & O Canal trail.

I was skeptical about buying this guide. It looked amateurish and I was afraid it would be hokey and lame. IT IS THE OPPOSITE! I have read it cover to cover more than once and will tote it in my saddlebags on the trip this summer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "cjredlac" on January 30, 2001
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A good pamphlet if your planning the trip. It provides a good deal of useful information on routes and places to stay. It would be great if the pamphlet was updated as I'm sure there have been changes since 1999.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2004
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This is the essential book if you're planning a trip along the Pittsburgh-DC trailway, or any segment. Well written, this is like a visit with an experienced tour guide. The book offers options for various experience levels. You can't go wrong with this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Kreuzberger on July 9, 2013
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Great help in planning a wonderful trip. My wife and I rode for 8 days and used this often to plan where we'd stay and what excursions we'd take off the trail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Lawrence on August 3, 2009
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This is a solid resource for those planning to travel this outstanding trail. I've traveled several sections in preparation for going the full 300+ miles. Not hugely detailed but it does contain very practical information that will help in deciding if this kind of trip is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randall C. Bard on May 8, 2009
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This is a great little book full of options, locations, and the necessary info to do this trip. We are planning to do this ride with in a year, but needed good basic strategy. This book, a pamphlet really, makes all the connections you need to get going.
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