The Cycling World Laments a Loss

As the word of the passing of Maynard Sembower of Rockwood, PA spreads, cyclists who knew the "trail ambassador extraordinaire" are expressing their loss and celebrating the life of a man who gave the Great Allegheny Passage a personality.

"It has been a sad few days along the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail between Cumberland and Pittsburgh.

Maynard Sembower, the man known locally as the "trail ambassador extraordinaire" and "number one volunteer", passed away last Wednesday at age 100.

Those who have bicycled the GAP might remember him as the man who staffed the visitor's center at the Rockwood trailhead in the summer. He'd dispense information about lodging, camping and other services in high country of the bike trail, as well as share the local lore."

Locally, Hank Parke, long-time president of the Somerset County Rails to Trails Association, the volunteer group responsible for the Passage in Somerset County, PA, shares his feelings of loss in a letter to the editor, published in the Somerset Daily American.


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