Bristol, Bucks County, PA − May 8, 2018 − Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) kicked off his Senator Takes a Hike initiative in Bristol Borough today with Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Executive Director Elissa Garofalo, and Bristol Borough Council officials.
Secretary Dunn and Senator Yudichak spoke at the Delaware River Waterfront in Bucks County to highlight the 30th Anniversary of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor that runs 165 miles from Bristol Borough in Bucks County to Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County. Senator Yudichak pledged to walk the D&L Trail, the longest in Pennsylvania, if the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl. The Eagles won, and now Senator Yudichak is going to take a hike!
“What started as a fun idea to help urge the Eagles on to victory has turned into a great opportunity to raise awareness for the beautiful D&L Trail,” Senator John Yudichak said. “With every step in the hike, I will be walking in the footsteps of the men and women who mined the coal, who built the canals and railroads, and who worked in the mills. These working families were the underdogs of the American Industrial Revolution and as we celebrate the D&L Trail, we honor the men and women who built America on the strength of Pennsylvania Industrial might.”
“I congratulate the senator for taking on this formidable task while drawing attention to a project that has been many years in the making and is a demonstrated economic stimulus to the area,” Secretary Dunn said. “Like Senator Yudichak, DCNR has been a longtime supporter of this trail, which is steeped in history and winds through two state parks and three state forest districts.”
Under the guidance of the D&L trail team, Senator Yudichak will begin his hike today in Bristol and will finish up at the River Commons Park later this summer in Wilkes-Barre. He plans to alternate between hiking and biking until he completes all 165 miles.
“Senator Yudichak’s journey illustrates the good that can happen when over 140 of Pennsylvania’s 2,562 municipalities work toward a common goal: ninety-two percent of the 165-mile D&L Trail is now connected and it is becoming an economic driver fueling heritage tourism, small businesses and a key element for accessible wellness activities. This trail follows the historic route of anthracite from the mines of northeastern Pennsylvania to markets in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia. As it heads north along the Delaware Canal Towpath section, it’s value continues.” said Elissa Garofalo, Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Executive Director.
“Bristol Borough’s motto is Welcome Friend, and we are pleased to welcome Senator Yudichak, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, D&L National Heritage Corridor Executive Director Elissa Garofalo and everyone here today participating in the first leg of the Senator’s journey. On behalf of Borough Council, Mayor and residents we wish Senator Yudichak luck as he begins his hike,” said Ralph DiGuiseppe, Bristol Borough Council President said.
For more information on Senator Yudichak’s journey on the D&L Trail, please visit www.senatoryudichak.com/takeahike