The word is out….some of the best accommodations for cyclists and visitors alike to the DC area and the C&O Canal National Historic Park are the C&O Canal Trust Lockhouses. No flowers or candlelit dinners for my wife on Mother’s Day! Cheryl choose for us to go biking in and around DC, and stay at Lockhouse 6 on the C&O Canal. The Lockhouses, like all six of the Lockhouses available for rent are refurbished quarters that were originally built for those individuals and or fami
Trust me on this one... if you are planning a day or multi day bike ride, Cumberland is worth considering as a stop, base or layover. The C&O Canal National Historic Park and Great Allegheny Passage converge in downtown, and access is easy with plentiful services and lots of things to do! Cumberland is a great small town, (yes, I am a bit biased, as I have lived and/or worked here most of my considerable adult life) and yet it is still an undiscovered jewel that is fast bec
This morning, I met a very nice older gentlemen from Florida on the C&O Canal, who was riding from Pittsburgh (via the Great Allegheny Passage to its confluence with the C&O Canal at Cumberland, MD) on his electric bike. For those of you unfamiliar with electric bikes (or E-Bikes as they are commonly called), they are bikes who have an electric motor designed to assist cyclist with pedaling when the need arises. And yes, they theoretically could allow riders to use only the
A subject that has bothered me for some time is cycling etiquette (or the lack thereof) as demonstrated by some riders. It is enough of a disadvantage that some of us dress kind of funny; cycling jerseys reminiscent of a NASCAR driver or professional bass fisherman and spandex shorts (not a good look for most of us, but that is a whole other blog). I am not knocking one’s choice of apparel, just pointing out that some non-cyclists (and cyclists) may be put off by the apparel
Fort Frederick to Little Orleans via WMD Rail/ C&O Canal. 54 miles Trail Loop A wonderful loop ride can be found in Washington County, Maryland on the mixed-use Western Maryland Rail Trail and the C&O Canal National Historic Park. The Rail trail section of the ride has several road crossings while the C&O Canal towpath section has two. While there are several starting spots, critical ride planning components for me are good lunch options, scenic beauty, and little crowds.
A wonderful way to begin a bike trip on the C&O Canal National Historic Park towpath, or to just bike around Washington DC and not have to worry about the hassles of coordinating transportation, parking, etc. is to go to via Amtrak and take your bike with you. While there are several Amtrak/ bike options, my wife and I began our DC to Pittsburgh bike trip on the Capitol Limited which runs daily from Chicago to Washington. We boarded the Capitol Limited upon its’ arrival at