5 Days, 5 Metrics and Lots of Views

“This was a five day trip on the historic C and O Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage from Washington, DC (Georgetown) to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Traveled ultra-light on my Salsa Warbird Ti, staying at hotels along the way.

July 30, 2016.  From Georgetown (Washington, DC) to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  64.55 miles on the C&O.  Pictures are attached.  Beautiful.  Historic.  Because of rains the two previous days – muddy!+

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July 31, 2016.  Harpers Ferry, West Virginia to Hancock, Maryland.  68.05 miles on the C&O.  More amazing views and lots and lots of history.  Unfortunately, more mud, but not as much as yesterday.  Fortunately, there was a bike shop in Hancock (right on the trail) with a wash area and good chain lube.

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August 1, 2016.  Hancock, Maryland to Cumberland, Maryland.  65.29 miles on the C&O.  This section of the ride was highlighted by the amazing Paw Paw Tunnel.  Very interesting piece of 1800s engineering.  A nice downpour about 10 miles from Cumberland left me once again covered in mud. Fortunately, the hotel had an outdoor bike wash area (where I also washed my jersey, shoes and socks) and the bike shop was only 2 blocks away.  More lube and a little brake adjustment.  And…a great meal at the Crabby Pig.  This ride completed the C&O Towpath portion of the trip.

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August 2, 2016.  Cumberland, Maryland to Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania.  75.57 miles.  Day one on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP).  While still gravel, much smoother surface than the C&O.  Very little mud and no big roots and washouts.  The day began with a 25 mile climb from Cumberland to the Continental Divide.  Happy to arrive there…and really happy for the downhill that followed.

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August 3, 2016.  Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  77.91
miles on the Great Allegheny Passage.  Beautiful countryside.  Great
gravel.  Interesting to ride along the river and into the Steel City.”

-Ron A.

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Jim

Cup O'Dirt Admin

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