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C&O Canal - day 1

Old 09-19-10, 09:39 AM
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C&O Canal - day 1

Riders: John, Dick (rtool), Myrna and Beverly (all 50+)

My bike: Trek 4300 WSD mountain bike with Continental Travel Contact tires. https://www.rei.com/product/709110

We had SAG support provided by John and Dickís wives and stayed in hotels along the route.

It rained in the morning so we started at Lock 23 near mile marker 20 (our original lunch stop) and rode 27 miles to Point of Rocks. After the ride we stopped at the Great Falls area before heading back to the hotel. I'm sure the hotel appreciated our stopping at a car wash to clean the bikes before taking them into the hotel.

The trail was wet, muddy and slippery in a few areas but we enjoyed every mile. There is so much to see along the canal and the hiker/biker camping areas are plentiful. These camping areas have water, port-a-potties, picnic tables and plenty of room to pitch a tent. We didnít mind the trail conditions or the occasional drizzle that continued for a couple hours.

We passed several riders who were finishing the second day of the ďTour de CanalĒ. Itís a two day charity ride sponsored by an Alzheimerís organization that starts in Cumberland and ends in Washington DC. We stopped to chat with one rider who was riding a single speed Schwinn Cruiser. I canít imagine doing 184 miles in two days on this type of bike.

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Very nice, Bev. I'm glad you enjoyed the mud. :-)
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Nothing like a bit of mud to make an MTB feel at home. I was wondering why you weren't using road bikes but I can understand why now.
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Good job Bev and Co.
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I especially like staying in hotels and motels!!

Thanks for posting.
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How marvelous! The C&O is great ride.

In '07 I rode it with our little Ladies Bike Tour group. I have such fond memories of that trip – we has so much fun.
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Great report and pics Beverly. Thanks for taking the time and effort to share it with us.
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Some folks have all the fun.
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