Why The Light at the End of the Tunnel Ride

When I announced that I was closing Brock Steel Co. (BSC), someone asked me how I was doing. I said: "I can see the light at the end of the tunnel."

His reply was: "Are you sure it is not a locomotive?"

My answer was: "I sure hope so. Because I have taken up the track to build a rail-trail, and so the locomotive will wreck. Then I can scrap it to pay for the trail!"

Why ride? I am embarking on one of the greatest personal challenges of my life, that I feel will help the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage (once joined with The C&O Canal NHP in Cumberland, MD, a system of non-motorized trails will connect Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC.)

Starting in San Diego, California, on March 25, 2001, I will be riding my Cannondale Silk Path bicycle 3500 miles across the United States, a journey that will eventually take me to Ocean City, Maryland. I am riding across our nation to raise awareness for the Great Allegheny Passage. These historic trails closely follow George Washington's original passage through the Alleghenies! The more than 200 miles of trails through Pennsylvania and Maryland are some of the most beautiful and historic trails in the nation.

-- Larry Brock

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