Over Memorial Day, I'm doing a ride (my first multiday!) from home in the DC area up to Ohiopyle State Park. A partner would like to join me for the final segment, roughly in the Rockwood - Ohiopyle stretch. The bike she has available is a road setup running your standard 700x23 setup.
I've never been on the GAP trail, but from the sounds of it the surface is considerably better than the C&O canal. In my mind, I'm equating it to the Georgetown Branch Trail (aka the unpaved portion of the CCT) for those of you familiar with DC trails which is rideable on 23s.
Is this rough assumption correct?
What are the worst conditions like on this stretch of the GAP? In dry weather? In wet?
Have any advice / past experiences with skinny tires on the GAP to share?
Thanks in advance for any tips / guidance you have to share.
PS: If you're wondering about me... I'll be on my trusty Surly LHT w/35mm Marathon Supremes. I took it out w/full touring load and did 55mi on the C&O yesterday afternoon from Brunswick to DC (yes, in the pouring rain) so I'm definitely prepared for anything short of Moses' second plague.