If you go
WHERE TO STAY The 1788 Inn
16200 Lincoln Hwy., Breezewood 814-626-1788 the1788inn.com The Federal-style 1788 Inn is run by delightful hosts who care deeply about renovation and history. Each room has a fireplace and private bath with heated floor. Rooms from $125, including full breakfast; call ahead for a la carte breakfast at $25 for two.
Quality Inn Breeze Manor
16621 Lincoln Hwy., Breezewood 814-735-4311 choicehotels.com Located on the Breezewood strip, the motel is a quarter-mile from the Pike 2 Bike trail. The Quality Inn has basic rooms, a clean outdoor pool, free continental breakfast, a view of the truck-service plaza and a black Labrador greeter named Sadie. Rooms from $119.
WHERE TO EAT Mother Trucker’s Cafe
167 Posthouse Rd., Breezewood 814-735-4076 mothertruckerscafe.com Located in the Flying J Travel Plaza, Mother Trucker’s is one of the few non-fast options in Breezewood, although fast it is. Cafeteria-style sides start at $2.36, including mac and cheese, cabbage and blueberry cobbler. Dinner plates, including with ham pot pie and pork sauerkraut, cost $9.43.
Horn O Plenty
220 Wolfsburg Rd., Bedford 814-623-0522 myhornoplenty.com A short detour from the coveredbridge tour, this farm-to-table restaurant is the antithesis of the Breezewood strip — a beautiful, natural setting with organically grown ingredients. Homemade sourdough and condiments, woodfired pizza and entrees such as quinoa cakes and stuffed peppers, starting at $16. Open 11 a.m.8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.9 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m.2 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. WHAT TO DO Pike 2 Bike Behind the Scenes Guided Tours Lincoln Highway (U.S. Route 30) 814-784-5000 pike2bike.com Murray Schrotenboer’s Grouseland offers 17-mile bike tours along the abandoned highway and through its tunnels, as well as otherwise inaccessible parts of the turnpike, such as the control room. Ride and tour last three to five hours, or add on for a deluxe tour with a hike. One rider, $95; two, $110; three or more, $45 per person. Rental Cannondale bikes are available. If you venture out on your own, make sure to bring lights and water.
Covered Bridges of Bedford County Tour
Bedford County Visitors Bureau 814-623-1771 visitbedfordcounty.com/ coveredbridges Download a copy of this 100minute driving tour or call for a brochure and map. The county has 14 century-old, hand-built covered bridges, nine of which are on the loop. Be sure to visit nearby Gravity Hill, an optical illusion where your car appears to roll uphill. Bedford County Bike Loops Bedford County Visitors Bureau 814-623-1771 visitbedfordcounty.com/biking The county website has five printable maps of bike loops with lengths of 16 to 42 miles. Loops are generally rolling hills with light traffic and some good climbs. The rides pass farms, orchards and covered bridges. End of the Road Marathon and Half Marathon Forbes Road High School 159 Red Bird Dr., Waterfall pike2bike.com/event Bring your flashlight or headlamp for this race. Held Oct. 29, the marathon route follows the abandoned turnpike, with water stop volunteers dressed in apocalypse-themed attire. Be prepared for rough patches, potholes and several miles inside the abandoned tunnels. INFORMATION visitbedfordcounty.com