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DC to Pittsburgh by trail..(6 posts)

DC to Pittsburgh by trail..Djudd
Sep 27, 2002 1:43 PM
How about riding from DC to Pittsburgh car-free check this out;

we are getting more and more civilized everyday
Cool ... maybe that's how I should get to Trexlertown ...Humma Hah
Sep 27, 2002 2:38 PM
... for the big flea market in a couple of weeks, just hop on the cruiser and ride on up there.

But if I carry the tent in the backpack, I won't have room for all the parts the Paramount needs! Anyone got a Burley I can borrow?

That DOES sound like a pretty neat ride, make a good challenge for a 3-day weekend, and a seriously challenging attempt in 2 days.
only problem is T-town is near Allentown, N of Philly...pedaler98
Sep 27, 2002 3:29 PM
Just a good excuse for a longer ride (nm)Humma Hah
Sep 27, 2002 3:38 PM
re: DC to Pittsburgh by trail..Fattrax
Sep 27, 2002 3:28 PM
This is a great trail and reported to be one of the top ten in the nation. I've traveled as far as Berkley Springs from DC along the C&O Canal (West Virginia/Maryland section). The trail varies in quality from paved while in town, wide crushed lime lanes near populated areas, to muddy single tracks in the more secluded areas. It takes you through such famous sites as Harper's Ferry and Antietem Battle ground. Campgrounds are hit or miss. Some of the nicer ones have a fee. The free ones (first come, first serve) are primitive, but they all have a Port-o-Potty and a hand pump for fresh water and are spaced in aprox ten mile intervals. I also tooled around Connellsvile in Pennsylvania. The rugged, Youghiogheny river has some of the most incredible mountain vista I've seen. This is not a kind of ride that you can blow through in a couple of days. Though relatively flat, the trail conditions very widely. If laden, I'd say a good, hard week. Most people I know give them selves 3-4 days just for the Cumberland-DC section. At the same token, this is also ride that you will, from time to time, want to get off your bike and savor your surroundings, not just rush trough it.
The Yough' is an AWESOME rafting river ...Humma Hah
Sep 27, 2002 3:36 PM
... Taking a few hours off for a rafting tour would be a good way to cool off from a long ride. I rode it 8" below flood stage, and will never forget it. It was more challenging conditions than the ones I watched at the Atlanta Olympics canoe and kayak competition.