Sunday, July 13, 2014

C&O Canal Path - Point of Rocks to Hagerstown, MD

This day was overcast with threatening skies, though it did not rain until the evening.

Our ride today was 51 trail miles from Point of Rocks to Williamsport with side trips to Harpers Ferry, WV for sightseeing, and Sheperdstown, WV for lunch. It concluded with four road miles to the hotel in Hagerstown.

Today the path still had many weekend cyclists and some walkers. We stopped on the trail and walked across a railroad bridge to Harpers Ferry where the whole town is historic and a national park. Lunch at the Blue Moon Cafe in Sheperdstown was delicious and we still had 30 plus miles in the afternoon before reaching our hotel.

Big Slackwater was a highlight, where the Potomoc River pools behind a dam and power station. The trail ran right along the river.

At the hotel we had to say good bye to Dave, who goes back to work tomorrow. The rest of us will continue on to the end of the C&O at mile 184.5 in Cumberland and then to Pittsburgh on the Great Allegheny Passage.

Harpers Ferry from the railroad bridge over the Potomoc River

The view down the Potomoc from Harpers Ferry

The Canal Path at Big Slackwater

Mark and Gary at Big Slackwater
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