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Re: [HROA] New Meetup: Mt Bike along the Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal

From: Meg
Sent on: Sunday, July 31, 2011 11:47 AM
Are you still doing this event in October?  I think I saw that it was cancelled on the meetup site.  I'm interested in doing this trip.  Looks like a lot of fun!

On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 10:22 PM, Rick Hancock <[address removed]> wrote:

Announcing a new Meetup for Hampton Roads Outdoor Adventures!

What: Mt Bike along the Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal
When: Wednesday, October 12,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Gather at Burger King, Rt 17 & I-64
830 J. Clyde Morris Blvd
Newport News, VA 23601

Join Rick for a great ride along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail and the C&O Canal. We will depart from the Burger King after work on Wed. evening and spend the night in Hancock Md. On Thur. morning we'll catch a shuttle to Connellsville, Pa. and begin our ride. This is an "indoor ride" in other words, no camping!!! We will stay in a hostel the 1st night, a motel the 2nd night, and a B&B on the 3rd night. Cost will be appx. $350/$450 per person for lodging and shuttle. The hostel has bunks for about 20 people, the motel is a Fairfield Inn, and the B&B is called Town Hill Manor. I've stayed there several times and it is very nice. We will double up if possible to save money. The first 2 days of travel will be about 45 miles of Rails to Trails along the GAP trail each day. Day 3 and 4 will be an additional 45 and 20 miles along the C&O Canal.

 

Travel along the Gap is smooth hard pack with a 1-2 % uphill grade we will ride along the Youghiogheny and Cassellman Rivers for the bulk of the route and the views are outstanding! Our first night will be at Rockwood, Pa in a hostel. Next day we'll head toward Cunberland, Md. after crossing the Eastern Continental Divide the route will be downhill to Frostburg, Md and on to Cumberland, Md. If we time it just right we might be able to race the steam engine train back to Cumberland! The Fairfield Inn will be our destination and includes a hot bar breakfast. On Saturday the trail and terrain will change somewhat, the C&O is a dirt pathway along the canal there are ruts and some muddy areas after storms. We've seen snakes, deer, fox. racoons, herons, egrets, snapping turtles and other wildlife along the route. We will bike along the Potomac River with the highlight of the day being the Paw Paw Tunnel. I can't say enough about our Sat accommodations, the Town Hill B&B is terrific, comfortable rooms, a great supper, and a breakfast that will have you talking about it a week later. On Sun. we will head out for the last 20 miles or so back to Hancock, Md. you can opt to follow the C&O back or jump on the Western Md. rail trail for a smooth ride back.

 

This ride is limited to 10 people, YOU AND YOUR BIKE need to be in shape, this is not a difficult ride but it is appx. 150 miles over 4 days. It would be best if you contacted me before you sign up and once you've reserved a spot and paid your locked in I can't refund as I will be getting a group rate.

 

Please CALL me before signing up [masked]

Check it out!





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