Ashley Donovan

Day 4: Cockeysville, MD to New Freedom, PA

Blog Post created by Ashley Donovan on Aug 10, 2016

The majority of today's 23 miles were along the glorious NCR Trail, where I was given a respite from both the sun and the cars. While the high humidity, epic battles with gnats, and flatness of the trail presented their own challenges, I was grateful to get to run in such a beautiful location. I stopped for a smoothie at the Rail Trail Cafe just after crossing into Pennsylvania. Leaving the trail, I encountered some tough roads, but thankfully a fairly dangerous section lasted only a couple hundred feet...

My plan had been to return to the trail in the morning (now the Heritage Trail up here in PA), but I may continue north on another road that looks to have decent shoulders. It's always good to have a couple of options, so we'll see what the roads are like when I get out early in the morning. I'm looking forward to stopping by York College of Pennsylvania tomorrow afternoon!