Saturday, July 12, 2014

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

Great ride from Georgetown to Point of Rocks, MD on the C&O Canal Path.  It was good to see Mark Koltz, Mark Weisbarth, Jeff, Gary, and Dave (Karen Koltz's brother) again for another adventure.

It was a nice day with sunny skies. Hot in the sun, but for the most part we were under a canopy of trees where it was cool. The canal path was very heavy with runners and local cyclists for the first 30 miles. The C&O is primarily a dirt path with minimal maintenance. So it is muddy in spots with plenty of roots and rocks to rattle your bicycle. I found it to be a completely different ride from the KATY trail. Much more demanding on the arms and a bit slower although the surface was generally harder.

Start of the ride in Georgetown. Left to right:  Mark K., Jeff, Mark W., Gary, Dave, Joe

At Mile Zero of the Canal and Canal Path

The typical scenery today. The Potomoc River to our left and C&O Canal to our right.

Mark, Gary, Jeff, and Mark at the Great Falls overlook
The ride today included a stop at Great Falls, Whites Ferry, and several aqueducts. At Great Falls, the Potomoc river drops 76 feet in one mile with several 20 foot waterfalls. Whites Ferry is the last surviving car ferry over the river.

A wonderful evening was spent at the Koltz's lovely house where Mark and Karen had a cookout for everyone.

Today's ride:

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