Communication is good, so is preparation

I was very slow to adopt to the smart phone. I just got one last year. I suppose my reservations would be that I would get absorbed by the phone or the government would track me. But the world we live in is amazing. I am writing this blog with my smartphone. How connected everything …

The first day is the hardest – starting a bike tour

So the plan was to start early; no later than 9. However I didn't sleep well the previous two nights so I allowed myself to catch up on sleep. So I wound up getting up at 9 and not leaving until about 11:30. I think it was worth it. I didn't want to start the …

It’s really good to have friends – day 2 on the bike tour

Ideally I have started today's ride at 9, but 10 at the latest. I was able to get myself out of bed at 7:30, so I had a shot to start earlyish. I stayed up at my friend Allen's place playing some bizarre video games until 11pm the night before. Probably should have gone to …

The C&O Canal Towpath – biking North in two days

The C&O Towpath (trail) is 184.5 miles long and runs parallel to the Potomac River and the partially-completed Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. It runs from Washington DC to Cumberland MD (it never made it to the Ohio River). I have a history with this trail. On two occasions I have attempted to complete the entire …

Shooting the GAP – biking the Great Allegheny Passage in two days (or less)

Once you have completed the C&O canal from DC to Cumberland, you can continue directly onto the Great Allegheny Passage, or GAP for short. The GAP has a much better reputation among cyclists. The surface is crushed stone which is very tightly packed. It is also meticulously maintained. I saw crews in multiple locations either …

A few stories from my GAP and C&O ride

In my haste to bike across the country, I didn't get to stop and smell the roses very often. I completed a ride of the GAP and C&O towpath, roughly 330 miles, in under 4 days (not recommended). As a result, I couldn't tell you much about anything I rode past. The Great Allegheny Passage …

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