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Old 07-16-18, 08:39 AM
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See if you can get CSX to bring in a temporary bridge for the towpath over the culvert. Good PR and all. And it will keep the scofflaws off the tracks.
Need to talk to the N.P.S. about that.
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Old 07-16-18, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Need to talk to the N.P.S. about that.
Be the hero and spearhead the effort. TIA
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Originally Posted by alan s


See if you can get CSX to bring in a temporary bridge for the towpath over the culvert. Good PR and all. And it will keep the scofflaws off the tracks.
Must be something else going on at that specific spot. Assume they need additional engineering. NPS quickly put temp bridges and did cleanup, grading, and leveling further up north and south of Williamsport. Based on the tracks from the equpment and amount of soft soil and storm debris in those areas the did fix, it was major work. Maybe that blew up the NPS C&O budget.

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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel
Cruised the GAP C&O last summer 2018 in late June no problems but mother nature doesnít play fair. Reminds me of some old margarine commercial when I was a kid 1970s about itís not nice to fool Mother Nature
I remember those "Chiffon" ads. 2018 rains were about the worst I've ever seen in the DC area, Late July/August can be hot but usually things dry up by then. I wonder about chain-cleaning while riding a muddy C&O, seems like the chain would be gritty & slow pretty much the whole time.
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I remember those "Chiffon" ads. 2018 rains were about the worst I've ever seen in the DC area, Late July/August can be hot but usually things dry up by then. I wonder about chain-cleaning while riding a muddy C&O, seems like the chain would be gritty & slow pretty much the whole time.
Everything is gritty, not slow though? I think I had a picture in this or another current C&O thread. For better or worse I use a wet based lube and it lasted all day. I stopped at a manually operated water pump along the path and rinsed off my cassette but it was short lived. My organic pads were slow to respond as well if I didn't use them for a while. Worst was the fine grit of the GAP after just enough rain to wet the trail. That fine gray non dissolving rock powder stuck to and got into and around everything. Heavy rain or no rain would have been better. I got that wish on my trip when it did rain for the remaining 1.5 days on the GAP. Careful what you wish for. When the conditions on the C&O are like that, you can't take your eyes off the trail for very long. It's not tedious, just pay attention. There is a chance of something coming on the trail, mud, a stick, trail inconsistency, a puddle, or something. I didn't even try to avoid the mud and water, better to just go straight through it then try to dodge it and lose control (at least with my poor choice of almost slicks this year). For me other than the time and the extra baggage, no different than any other off road ride. I was prepared for those conditions. Part of the experience, some people myself included enjoy that experience. Why I chose to ride the C&O and Gap at least once a year. I'd go that route 10x between DC and Pitt 20x before doing it on the pure road.

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Best lube for the C&O is wax based. Easy to rinse your chain clean with a few water bottles, and doesn’t come off as easily as an oil based lube. I like Rock n Roll Extreme.
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Best lube for the C&O is wax based. Easy to rinse your chain clean with a few water bottles, and doesnít come off as easily as an oil based lube. I like Rock n Roll Extreme.
I've become a big fan of Squirt for the GAP/C&O.
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