Tales from the Trail 10-13-2021

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Weekly Column featuring happenings on the rails to trails Great Allegheny Passage, Somerset County, PA.

Tales from the Trail 10-13-2021

Diversity on the Trail - How Diverse? - MAHS Invests in a Bank

 

Man, and dog, lone female biker, group of four bikers, lady jogger, lady walker with baby, one lady walker with baby another companion girl two additional children and four dogs. Those were my encounters on the Great Allegheny Passage on my first mile riding west, leaving from the Meyersdale trailhead. That early morning scenario is often repeated as this season is still robust. Edging into mid-October with the fall colors entertaining along with favorable weather, 2021 continues and is claiming to be the busiest rails to trail season in a quarter century of verbal memory history.

 

The diversity of our section of the GAP along with the convenience of getting to our Historical Society Trail Head Museum, enables a diverse usage timetable for local and neighboring communities. The lady with a baby in the stroller, a companion lady, additional children and four dogs were Salisbury residents taking advantage of the beautiful trail. Those local one or two-hour sojourners were sandwiched in between the day riders and the long-distance marathon bikers loaded with their necessities packed tightly and with great precision hanging strategically from their rides. Their mechanical rides, each as diverse as their character and colorful riding fashion personalities.

 

Deborah Fisher from Levi Deal Mansion says that her guests inquired about all the ladders adorning her beautiful lodging. To eliminate congestion on the staircase and hallways, she humorously directed her patrons to use the ladders to get to their rooms. Early evening passing's of Yoder’s Guest House displayed a diverse flock of bikers enjoying the large front porch roost. Much crowing of their days diverse experiences being shared. Next door, Maple Manor campgrounds displayed diverse portable housing accommodations, each as unique as the biker who pitched their evening repositories.

 

To immerse oneself into part of their trail experience, a simple greeting is all that is needed and again, feel free to use my engaging question. “What’s your days destination?’ You will receive a guaranteed response from this opening query and with it a lot of smiles and enthusiastic sharing as diverse as the number within the group. I change up my inquiry, depending on the group and where I meet them. I’ll share a morning example from last week at the GI Dayroom. 

 

The table, which is unofficially the round table discussion groups favorite, was occupied by a consortium of at least seven bikers. I hung my helmet on the rack next to their table and addressed the eagerly awaiting breakfasters, to mind my lid and don’t ride off with it. The eruption of comments almost dislodged me from my shoes. They laughingly acknowledged my opening line and immediately began to apologize for taking our table. They were informed that mostly retired schoolteachers repeatedly expounded their morning rituals from those chairs.

 

I rubbed it in by lamenting that for the past eight years, those esteemed chairs have altered history for most of us, if not for the whole community and some arguably insist the world. To soften their barrage of humorous come back remarks, they admitted that many in their group were from the teaching profession too. All were from the Philadelphia area except for one from Lancaster. Bantering between the two tables brought an instant camaraderie that profited both in memories. A brief time later I learned that our table profited by having our breakfast expenditures paid for by those bikers who departed minutes before.

 

Diversity, a spice of life in our Dale, catering to the elite mindsets who enjoy natural settings of beauty and simplicities that expound the wholesomeness of creation itself. One that doesn’t employ crime or violence, instead a brother and sisterhood, a family of goodness that permeates our community. One that subliminally sews the seeds that perpetuates a form of loveship that is biked back to their communities to grow exponentially.

 

To keep up with the times, The Meyersdale Historical Society has invested in a bank. This bank is beneficial to the technical growth side of biking and the many communication devices used on the Great Allegheny Passage. A bank of convenient outdoor electrical outlets for charging e-bikes and devices has been installed for seasonal use. This investment will draw interest from the biking community and pay for itself in donations. The real payout comes in knowing that we as a society are paying back in appreciation on behalf of our business community, all the dollars our visitors invest in the Dale! And even more valuable than their dollars spent, it’s the upliftment of their joy and happiness exuded in their visit.

 






 







 


Submitted: October 11, 2021

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