whole time in Maryland, we were on the C & O Canal, which we had
been looking forward to the whole time. We had both been
on the C & O numerous times, but this was the first time that we
were on a bike trail longer than 16 miles. Not to mention
that the C & O is perhaps the most spectacular trail in America.
Having time to spare to reach home by June 17th, we had plenty
of time to enjoy the trail.
The first night on the C & O, we camped
about 40 miles from DC. There was wood for a fire and we
had the site to ourselves. Now that was living!
The next day, we ended up hitting some
rain, which did not last that long, but muddied up the trail
pretty bad. We ended up riding to Hancock in the dark in
nothing but mud. I guess we were due for one of those
days. We ended up checking into a motel since it was to
late to check into the C & O bike shop bunk house.
The next morning, we made our way to the
bike shop to say hello to Dennis..and...oh yeah, to have him
save my butt again. The rim I had replaced in Austin was
starting to give me problems. Of course, Dennis was able
to remedy the problem. After chatting with him for some
time, we were on our way. This was the leg where we passed
through the Paw Paw Tunnel, which never fails to amaze me.
Later, we found a camp sight that was perched along a bank on
the Potomac. The sound of flowing water and the occasional
passing of a train made this a very relaxing night.
The last miles on the C & O brought us
into Cumberland, MD. We stopped there for the day
and rested up for the next day.
(C & O Canal to
Allegheny Highlands Trail of MD)
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