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Thanks to everybody who responded to my C&O canal queries...(6 posts)

Thanks to everybody who responded to my C&O canal queries...NewRoadBiker
Dec 18, 2001 7:48 AM
It's been a few days since I've been able to get back on the board and respond...thought I'd do it here as the original thread has scrolled off to never never land! :o)

Tom Collins: Thanks for the info, I'll definitely plan a stop in Harpers Ferry. I've always wanted to stop there, I lived in the Shenandoah Valley when I went to JMU and would kayak the Shenandoah river at Harpers Ferry whenever it would come up to a runnable level but I never made it over to see the sights...I guess now's my chance!

Duane Gran: "There are some good road bike club rides in the area if the pavement suits you better" Thanks, I'll probably get out and do some road biking while I'm up there on some of the local bike paths but I wanted to do the C&O as a getaway camping trip to spend a few days away from everything... :o)

pmf1: "I'm jealous. Can I come too?" Sure! :o) Just meet me at the trailhead in Cumberland on Thursday! :o) Also, thanks for the link to the very informative web site!

MB1: Thanks for the great information as well as the link to the Bike Washington web site! I may regret doing this ride due to the rain we've had lately, but it looks like I've got a 4 - 5 day window with no rain and hopefully some of the trail will have dried out a *little* by the time I get there...I hope, I hope, I hope! :o) Anyway, it'll be fun either way.

So, my plans are to drive to Cumberland on Wednesday and get dropped off at the trailhead Thursday morning and then spend the next 3 - 4 days riding to D.C.. I was going to start at Williamsport and ride west to Cumberland and then back to D.C., but I worry about the muddy conditions that some of you mention, so the 184 mile straight through trip should be enough. I'm riding my full suspension Rockhopper only because with the choice between it and my commuter bike, this one is in better shape. I'm packing the road bike for trips around D.C. when I get there. I've got my BobYak trailer loaded up with 60 pounds of camping gear/food/clothes...no I don't know how to pack light, yet! This is going to be interesting pulling this thing for 180 miles. Any trailer handling tips, or will I even notice it after a while?
Thanks again for the great information, I'm looking forward to the ride!

-Darren

http://DarrenEllis.com
Darren@DarrenEllis.com
That sounds like a nice trip,enjoy.STEELYeyed
Dec 18, 2001 8:24 AM
and whatever the weather or the trail throws at you,remember why you are out there.
Good Luckpmf1
Dec 18, 2001 8:57 AM
I hope the mud won't be too bad. Its been raining here quite a bit. I think you're wise skipping the ride west. Slogging through mud can be awfully slow going. Got a balloon tire for that trailer?
Where do you think you will overnite Thurs?MB1
Dec 18, 2001 10:15 AM
I might try to ride a bit with you on Friday since it does indeed look like we will be having dry weather.
Knew I should have kept my cross bike ...pmf1
Dec 18, 2001 10:56 AM
Sure would like to come as well, but all I have are skinny tire bikes anymore.

Maybe this is reason for new cross bike.

Don't think the wife would be thrilled though.
Where do you think you will overnite Thurs?NewRoadBiker
Dec 18, 2001 9:26 PM
I'm not exactly sure! I was just planning to wing it, staying at the H/B campsights. :o) If you want to try to meet up give me a call on my Cell phone (865-384-5280) tomorrow, I'll be driving to Cumberland. I *think* I have cell phone coverage for most of the drive...

-Darren

http://DarrenEllis.com
Darren@DarrenEllis.com