Truckers, don’t assume that since you got stuck at one of those turnpike travel plazas for one of your breaks that your possibilities for exercise or adventure are limited. Earlier this month I parked at the Oakmont-Plum Travel Center on the Pennsylvania Turnpike north of Pittsburgh, and biked right through the access gate to the employee lot and down to the Allegheny River a couple miles away. Click here for the route.
This particular route is pretty hilly, and passes by some nice neighborhoods and a few places to eat, not to mention a nice view of the river.
Best of all, while you’re burning calories and having fun, you’re not paying those exorbitant prices for mediocre food at the travel plaza!