Since near-completion of the GAP trail from Pittsburgh to DC, businesses along the trail have seen business steadily grow.
"My first year I did three tours, this year I probably had 50," said Gail Shofer Hall. Hall owns Mountainside Bike Tours, Mountain Getaway Tours and the Inn on Decatur. Hall started the tours about eight years ago and has had the inn for five years.
"In the six months we had counts for this year, we are already over the 12-month total for last year"
"It's endless," she said of the trail's possibilities. Ninety percent of her guests, she said, are trail-related.
And the trail isn't quite finished. It's scheduled to be completed next year on 11/11/11
Trail planners took a big step forward with the recent purchase of the final section of land needed to complete the trail in Pennsylvania near Sandcastle Water Park, Atkinson said