June 7, 2015 - Day 3
Morning brought the revelation that Outflow Campground at Confluence was a large and popular place especially for anglers because of the nearby Youghiogheny River and the upstream hydroelectric dam. For Đại úy and the NCOIC, Confluence will remain pleasantly memorable for Sisters’ Cafe and breakfast. It was also the breakfast stop a couple also riding a Co-Motion, but whose card is tucked away for safe-keeping and will not reappear until everything is unpacked in a couple of weeks. Argh!
The steady climb that had started in earnest around Connelsville continued. There were fewer travelers along this portion of the Trail, perhaps because it was Sunday and perhaps because it is less accessible.
Rockwood’s Hostel on Main in Rockwood had been a potential end-of-day stopping point. Instead, the associated Rockwood Mill Shoppes and Opera House became the place for a late lunch.
After the previous night’s events a hot shower and real bed beckoned and Yoder’s Guest House in Meyersdale was the destination of choice. Previously the place had been called a motel while bearing no resemblance to a motel. After some minor renovations it is much more than a motel and slightly less than a B&B and well worth considering. Storage for bikes is managed by using a portion of the lockable basement. A key added to the room key permits easy access. The Co-Motion fit without too much difficulty. Nice rooms, hot showers and a/c completed the deal.
If there is a negative to this day it was the steep hills to be navigated getting to things away from the trail or when wanting to return to it (or both!). Of course it’s to be expected, but you don’t have t like it. Nonetheless, another 35 or so miles were added to the total.