Please keep an eye on this post. It may be updated from time to time along with the attachment below.
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All posts to this thread should be directly related to the Bike Forums Great Allegheny Passage / C&O Canal Tour 2009.
Please post general touring questions to your own thread.
Please post general questions of the trails to your own thread.
If you want to participate in the tour please PM me, do not post that interest to this thread. Please include your lodging choice (camping or motel or a little of both).
Please do not post any “find a roommate or car pool” threads to this thread (see below).
If you have information on the trail you would like to share then please PM me and I will add it to this post.
Please do not create kudos or praise posts to me for putting this trip together. You can PM me if or simply have a monument erected in my honor.
Basically, lets just try to keep the thread as clean as possible for others looking for information on the tour.
Announcing Bike Forums Great Allegheny Passage / C&O Canal Tour 2009 !!!
A Bike Forums tour of the Montour Trail, Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal trails have been scheduled for June 13 to June 20 2009.
For those not familiar, these three bicycle trails link Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. totaling approximately 475 miles.
More information on the trials can be found here:
Great Allegheny Passage
C & O Canal
You can also search this forum for GAP, C&O or Great Allegheny Passage for tips on everything from what tire size to use on your bike to what equipment to bring.
This is a low stress and easy tour. There are no hills on the trail that will exceed 3% with most of the hills under 2%. Our longest day will be 60 miles. There are a few missing links to the trail but the segments are linked by mainly low to no traffic country roads. It is an excellent tour for those that have no experience at touring and for those that have been touring for many years. There will be plenty of options for side trips for those that might want to add a few extra miles to their day.
In case your are wondering why we are not starting on Sunday and ending the tour on Saturday, this was at the suggestion of the Historian. He said that Saturday can be very busy along the trail. Our group could have a difficult time navigating around all of the other trail users.
Old Tour thread, some useful information.
Arrange lodging for the tour
Arrange transportation for the tour.
Any one that wants to participate in this tour can do so by sending a PM to me (do not post to this thread). There is nothing that says you need to join us for the whole tour. You are welcome to join us for just a couple of days to just a few hours. We will need to contact those not joining us for the whole tour to give them an estimated time of arrival on the days they plan to join us. If I get enough “part timers”, I will ask someone to act as a Communications Officer to keep these folks updated on our progress.
The tour will depart from my home on the morning of Saturday June 13, 2009. I live in Robinson Township, PA, approximately two miles from a Montour trail head. It is an easy low traffic road to the trail head.
Out of town tourers will probably want to arrive in Pittsburgh on Friday June 12, 2009. I can provide sleeping quarters for four to five people. It will be first come first serve except for the Historian who has legacy guest status. . You will need to provide a sleeping bag and possibly a sleeping pad. Please let me know if you plan to spend the first night, last night or both (for those coming back to Pittsburgh). I can provide a list of nearby hotels for those not lucky enough to make the cut at Ostello Spinnaker.
Once we get closer to the date I will provide my phone number and address to all of the participants.
You are responsible for your own transportation to the starting point and from the ending point. You may want to carpool with other tour members. You can make transportation arrangements in the transportation thread.
Please PM the Historian if you are East of Pittsburgh. He will arrange for a van pool starting in Philadelphia. If you are somewhere on or near the PA turnpike then I'm sure he will not have any objection to picking you up along the way.
Please PM me for anyone that will be returning to Pittsburgh after the tour (leaving their car here or flying in). You should be able to leave you car in my parking lot for your trip back home. If we get an overwhelming response then I will look into options for overflow.
Please let me know if you intend to arrive by your own car, a rental car or flying in. You can do so by PMing me or in the transportation thread.
You will be responsible for arranging your own lodging. There are a number of options for lodging along the trail. There is camping and motels. Camping must be done in designated areas. More information can be found in the links above.
Someone might want to arrange for lodging for the whole group. The advantage is that we could probably arrange for group discounts and have everyone in one or two places each night. But arranging for deposits could be problematic. If anyone wants to take on this task please contact me.
More information on the itinerary, participants etc. can be found in the attachment below. Please keep an eye on the attachment. I will update it from time to time with tips, packing list etc. If you have something to offer, please PM me and I will add it to the documentation.
Here is an old thread that has some information.
Hopefully I have covered most of your questions. If you have any questions or comments that directly relate to this tour please post it here. Please stay on topic.