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Old 06-11-10, 06:33 PM   #1
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Anybody want to do C&O in October?

My wife and I are going, we are taking the Amtrak from Central FL to DC, then taking a leisurely 4-6 days to do the tow path, with camping but lots of eating out and whatnot...

Would be nice to have some like minded people to share the good time with


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Sounds like a lot of fun wish I could go but wife told me noway.
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Old 06-13-10, 06:46 PM   #3
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My wife and I are going, we are taking the Amtrak from Central FL to DC, then taking a leisurely 4-6 days to do the tow path, with camping but lots of eating out and whatnot...

Would be nice to have some like minded people to share the good time with


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I might. It depends if I'm working or not. If I'm still employed, then no.
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Sounds like my kind of touring and a really good time...what are the dates?
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Old 06-14-10, 05:28 AM   #5
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We are thinking of catching the train on Friday the 22nd
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We are thinking of catching the train on Friday the 22nd
To where? Cumberland? If so forget it. There is no luggage service in Cumberland.
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yeah, I see that now. I would like to start in Cumberland so I can take advantage of the locks going downhill the whole way, might have to train to DC and take a service up to Cumberland or rent a mini van one way...
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There are shuttle services. If you have a few people it might not be that much more expensive than renting and a lot less hassle.
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Another thing you may consider is taking the train to Pittsburgh and doing the GAP - C&O. I believe they have full luggage service in Pittsburgh too. That way you could go straight to Pitt and ride back to DC. It'll add 150 miles to the ride but the GAP riding is much smoother, from what I've heard. I attempted this ride (in reverse) last year but got stopped by horrific weather in early October. So, I may be interested to try it again...

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Another thing you may consider is taking the train to Pittsburgh and doing the GAP - C&O. I believe they have full luggage service in Pittsburgh too. That way you could go straight to Pitt and ride back to DC. It'll add 150 miles to the ride but the GAP riding is much smoother, from what I've heard. I attempted this ride (in reverse) last year but got stopped by horrific weather in early October. So, I may be interested to try it again...

http://www.atatrail.org/
The problem with a train to Pittsburgh is that it arrives at midnight.

But if you decide on this route and I am in town and I don't have to go to work the next day and there are only 2-3 people . You are welcome to stay here. You can then take the Montour Trail to the GAP. I would be happy to act as tour guide down the trail or through the city (shorter).
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hmmmmmm? I just cancelled my July tour because my riding partner, (son) moved to Austin). Hmmmmm? This is going into the (could happen bin).

I have looked at this ride every year and have decided to do another for different reasons. Hmmmmmm?
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Assuming I continue to work at the same place......
Since I am local, I have been trying to do a little of the C&O at a time. I have not made it all the way to Cumberland. Currently, I find I have been spending time in the pool and not on the bike.

If times work out, I would love to have someone to ride with, but at this point I can not make any promises. I will also say, I am slow and have been stopping to take pictures, read, talk to people....so I may not make the best companion if you plan on zoom, zooming the trail.

If you need to pick someone's brain, let me know I will pull out books, pictures, GPS data.....

Additionally, there are other places to ride in DC, if you want something less woodsy.





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