The lower Aqua ducts were more elaborate and even described as beautiful by some… We came to the Catoctin Aqua duct then the Seneca Aqua duct which was built with red sandstone .. The lower locks were actually working which was a treat.
Great Falls was awesome and there were kayakers running it… Yikes I got chills watching one boat playing in the waves below the falls.
Oh my. We got off the Towpath for a couple miles of paved road… I’m under the highway waiting for Regina and JoAnn took off to ride another 25 miles to her daughters house… I got to bow down to her. I couldn’t or wouldn’t want to ride anymore today. The biking adventure is over. I’m in the hustle bustle of a hectic big city. Im looking forward to catching up with Regina … A kayak friend from years past. We had some fun paddling western rivers together. More pix will be posted later of today’s ride
Leaving Harpers Ferry after scooting through the “Village” looking for shops to open… We stopped 5 miles down the trail to check out “Beans in the Belfry”
A converted Church now hipster coffee shop. I stopped at the Catoctin Aqua duct … a beautiful sight indeed.
Another interesting sight was a huge old tree. Possibly a maple species with lots of burls all over it
A different kind of day… It was colder..49 degrees when we rode to the Desert Rose Cafe for breakfast. Allen provided good conversation ,coffee,hot meal and lunch to go…
A highlight for me was seeing all the caves in the limestone cliffs, riding along the 13 mile stretch of “slack water” created by Dam # 4 and coming into Harpers Ferry,WV. I could stay here several more days walking around and immersing in the history.. Harpers Ferry sits between the Potomac River and the Shenandoah River… collectively they crave a gap through the Blue Ridge section of the Appalachian Mountains. The jagged rocks high above the river are spectacular…but I wouldn’t care to hike up there! I see that the
Appalachian Trail cuts right through Harpers Ferry!
Oh I almost forgot… At mile 60 we had to cross over the Potomac to reach Harpers Ferry… And believe me it’s not biker friendly… JoAnn enlisted the help of a young strong man and his girlfriend to carry our bikes up a spiral staircase.It was our good fortune that they came along right then..We settled into our lodging at Town’s Inn, an1840’s building, had dinner and a pleasant evening walking around town.
We left our hosts Darlene and Bill from the 1828 Trails Inn after breakfast. We rode the Western Maryland Rail Trail for 10 paved miles right along the highway and it was noisy… After 8 miles we went deeper into the woods and all was quiet. Our first stop was Fort Fredrick State Park . Built in 1756 primarily for settlers refuge then in 1777 it was used as a prisoner of war camp for British and German prisoners .
We came to Dam 5 on the Potomac above Williamsport. This was one of the dams placed on the Potomac to supply water to the C/O canal. In 1835 General Stonewall Jackson tried destroying the dam…he aimed to cut off water to the canal and supplies to DC but… he was unsuccessful.
Dave shuttled us down to the trail from the Town Hill Inn. We had a lazy 15 mile ride to our next stop… I was not disappointed with the leisurely pace and the scenery and our lodging at the 1828 Trail Inn. It’s more than I expected especially after the last two nights in Inns that did not deliver.. We are in an 1828 craftsman style house right off the trail. It’s scent free too… spacious rooms , living room with books and videos .. there were afternoon snacks… Not junk food but homemade cookies and cheese crackers and olives ….and we hope a vegan breakfast. Our room was upgraded so we each have our own room with a bath in between. Our bikes are secure in a locked shed.I’d come here again. Last pix is the Trail Inn.The town also has a good bike store that offers camping and showers.
Yesterday was a day off in Cumberland. A weird city indeed.
I ran into modern day hobos who
Have been hoping the freight trains… Brave kids!
This morning was cooler than we were used to. We rode over to the trail where a few tables were set up for Farmers Market. Then we set out on our first day of the C/O Towpath. It was rougher than the GAP but we’re tough… Ha. It has more gravel and exposed roots but so far it’s not so awful. Today we saw aqua ducts, lock houses and locks… And the canal in various conditions … Sometimes it’s dry and sometimes not..ducks, herons and turtles live in the wet canal. I spotted evidence of past beaver activities… We rode through a couple of tunnels … the PawPaw being the longest .. About 3/4 mile! It was an amazing feat started in 1836.