Christmas Tree – 12/1/2019

We decided to get a real Christmas tree this year. Our first ever. We picked up Danelle’s dad and headed out to one of his friend’s farm in Washington, MO. It was extremely cold outside and we did get snow flurries while we looked for a tree.

Danelle in her coveralls.

Henry was colder than he wanted to admit.

After a long discussion of which tree. And could it support the cats climbing it, this one was picked. Corvin is cutting it down.

After the tree was packaged and we all paid, we took Henry out for lunch. He doesn’t get to eat out much and we wanted him to select. He landed on Mexican and we found a great place in Washington to eat. After we all got back home and settled, the tree was moved back inside. Coatrack had to check it out first!

And eventually we even decorated it. Overall, it was a great choice!

Hogan Haake

State 29 – Pennsylvania


After riding in West Virginia, we had to drive back out on the difficult road that we came in on. It was a three and a half hour drive. After the first hour, things started speeding up. Before we knew it, we were at the Pennsylvania state line with a surprise!

It had started to snow!!! I heard that we could get snow flurries earlier in the morning, but we were there a few hours before it was supposed to begin. We were not going to let a little bit of snow delay our trip. The ride was set for the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP Trail). It goes from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD where it joins the C&O Canal Towpath all the way to Washington D.C. We were only set to ride a very small portion of this large trail system.

We were headed to the Big Savage Tunnel. Its too early in the season we learned, so we would only be able to look at it.

We were not going to let a closed tunnel or a little bit of snow slow us down. But the GAP trail would, as the path was soft and very difficult to ride on for the first quarter mile. We both questioned if it was a good idea going out into a growing snowstorm on a path that was difficult to ride with insufficient gear. But since its two guys, you know that we chose stupid and kept going.

The snow would continue building during our ride out.

Eventually, we arrived at the tunnel you see in the photo. Its the Eastern Continental Divide.

Looking at the different elevations of the ride, we’re at the top, but didn’t see that much total elevation for the ride.

We eventually got to the prize of the Big Savage Mountain Tunnel.

They were not kidding, it was closed. We couldn’t figure out why they would want to close the tunnel.

Yep, its time to climb.

The view from the top.

You didn’t seriously think I was going to let Corvin have all the glory climbing to the top?

The snow is starting to accumulate. We only have to go 2 miles back!

Of course we made it back or I wouldn’t be blogging about our adventure. This trail was unique due to the snow and the huge closed tunnel. I”m not sure the quality of the whole path, but about 1/4 of what we went over was not very unicycle friendly. Maybe a mountain bike. But definitely not after a rain. We had fun but were very happy to get back in the car and start warming up.

Corvin’s Journal Entry

Our Strava Entry.

Our map of completed states.

Total Trip Miles:  164.46
Total Moving Time: 31h 37m
Total Elevation Gained: 4441 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 15
Total Corvin UPD: 9

Hogan Haake

State 28 – West Virginia


Its spring break and we’re ready to travel to new states. We have 8 states planned for this trip out east and south. No trip would be complete without some drama. We’re dealing with the COVID-19 virus and things are starting to shut down around us. No formal lock down requests were made that we were aware of. Our plan was to get in and out of each state fast with minimal contact with people.

We came in fast to West Virginia and of course it was night time. We needed a photo of the state sign and were not sure if we would cross paths with the state again. Hence the night shot. This sign was a bit closer to the road than we would have liked!

Behind us was a very large refinery with many lights on. There were several stacks flaring the gas from the refining process.

We did end up finding a daytime photo later in the trip. I like the color better, but just remembering how desperate we were for the first shot, I didn’t want to forget it.

Our plan was to ride a section of the Greenbrier River Trail. Its a 77 mile trail along the river that seemed to be peaceful. I looked at a map and picked the perfect location for us to ride. The plan was to drive out to Clover Lick, West Virginia and ride out to Sharp’s Tunnel, then come back to the car and move on.

Unfortunately for Corvin and myself, my planning didn’t turn out that good. First off, Clover Lick is not an easy town to get to. The last 30 is miles took about an hour. The road curves a ton. It is wide enough for about 1.5 cars with gravel on each side. When you do have to pass somebody. Both vehicles have a set of tires in the gravel and play the how far can I get to the side without going off the road game. Corvin was getting a bit motion sick from the turns and elevation changes.

When we did get to the town, I had us go the wrong direction on the trail. We eventually met a couple that was riding in the opposite direction on bikes. He explained to me that the tunnel was 5 miles one way from where we parked. At least the scenery next to the river was peaceful!

Very cool bridge.

Then Corvin wanted us to stand up on the ledge. I was freaked out and didn’t stay up there very long. Dang,I think I’m getting old!

This is what most of the trail looked like. Peaceful and would be amazing in the summer. Probably tons of places to stop and swim!

Corvin’s Journal Entry

Our Strava Entry.

Our map of completed states.

Total Trip Miles:  159.61
Total Moving Time: 30h 39m
Total Elevation Gained: 4209 feet
Total Hogan UPD: 15
Total Corvin UPD: 9

Hogan Haake

Turkey Trot – 11/28/2019

Corvin wanted to participate in the Turkey Trot. We support his running. He has been injured, but he thinks he is on the mend. To keep things interesting, we got him a turkey costume to run in.

He ran with many members of the Webster Groves High School Cross Country Team. Even Coach Jon Petter ran. Corvin managed to beat coach by 2 seconds. It was a fun start to Thanksgiving!

Hogan Haake