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Saturday, October 7, 2000 -- Carmichaels, PA
2nd Annual Fall Bike-a-thon
Story and photos by Dave McKain

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Autumn bike rides at their best
Hardy souls were greeted by much colder than normal temperatures for the 2nd annual Fall Bike-a-thon to help raise funds and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. With temperatures in the thirties, riders bundled up to ride the 50 mile loop through the rolling hills of southwestern Pennsylvania. While it may have been a bit chilly at the start, a combination of a cloudless sky and the effort of cycling helped to warm up the event participants (some of whom had endured the chilly and wet covered bridge tour a couple weeks earlier).

Those who did brave the weather all decided to go for the gusto and ride the full 50 mile course. Experience of the participants was varied with some experienced distance riders and those who were heading out for the longest ride of their lives.

Cruising the back roads of SW Pennsylvania
For those used to riding the steep hills around nearby Morgantown, West Virginia (reporter included), riding the roads of Greene County in southwestern PA is a welcome change with reduced traffic, wider roads and, most importantly, smaller hills. Also appreciated by the participants was the support offered which included a sag wagon and plenty of snacks and fluids for the ride.

The bike-a-thon was the last of several cycling events put on by the Greene County Habitat for Humanity this year to help raise awareness of their organization and its goals. Organizers are already planning for next year's events which include an attractive two day, fully supported Mount Morris to Lake Erie tour and the popular Covered Bridge tour.

For more information on Team Habitat and how you can become a member, check out the Greene County PA chapter website ( or contact Roger Saunders (724) 966-5113.