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Posts made in October, 2010

COGAP GEAR LIST: For our fellow gear junkies

COGAP GEAR LIST: For our fellow gear junkies

This list is rather comprehensive for those of you who are looking for detailed info and will be boring if you’re not into gear lists. I’ll be posting my final thoughts next so just skip this page unless you’re really interested. After two Katy Trail tours and several handfuls of weekend tours, Craig and I had really fine-tuned our gear before we started our C&O / GAP tour...

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Finishing our Tour in McKeesport, PA: Our final ten miles and a cloudy-sky sandwich filled with happy sunshine!

Finishing our Tour in McKeesport, PA: Our final ten miles and a cloudy-sky sandwich filled with happy sunshine!

As predicted, it was a rainy night. We were so thankful to stay nice and dry underneath our picnic shelter in the cemetery. By morning it was foggy and overcast but the rain had stopped. For me it was a somber morning as I packed my gear one final time. I am so sad to say goodbye to this beautiful country and close to door on our incredible adventure. I bought a tee shirt at the Confluence...

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Connellsville and West Newton: The best screaming downhill of my life, and wine in the cemetery

Connellsville and West Newton: The best screaming downhill of my life, and wine in the cemetery

53 miles (85 km) – Total so far: 344 miles (554 km) We did NOT want to go back down the hill-from-hell this morning. Going down the hill would actually be more difficult than trudging up the hill was yesterday. The trail is covered with large loose rocks; if any of us (likely ME) were to lose control of our heavily loaded bikes, we’d all go tumbling and skidding down the hill. No...

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Confluence and Ohiopyle State Park: The wifi oasis, and mutiny in the land of the chipmunks

Confluence and Ohiopyle State Park: The wifi oasis, and mutiny in the land of the chipmunks

33 miles (53 km) – Total so far: 291 miles (468 km) I tried my earplugs last night for the first time and I slept like a baby through the thunderstorm and all the trains that kept Craig and Gerry awake all night. Yay for earplugs! Once again the rain didn’t start until we were safely tucked away in our tents. It was nearly dry in the morning. So far so good! Perhaps we’ll break...

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The Great Allegheny Passage to Husky Haven in Rockwood, PA: Big Savage Tunnel, the Eastern Continental Divide and conversations on the trail

The Great Allegheny Passage to Husky Haven in Rockwood, PA: Big Savage Tunnel, the Eastern Continental Divide and conversations on the trail

51 miles (82 km) – Total so far: 258 miles (415 km) Back on the trail again. Another day of perfect weather and beautiful scenery. And now we’re on the Great Allegheny Passage which is MUCH smoother! There are three of us now. Our St. Louis cycling friend, Gerry, has joined us. We started the morning with breakfast at McDonalds down the street from our hotel. I haven’t eaten at...

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Rest Day in Cumberland, MD: Rest, laundry, and bike cleaning

Rest Day in Cumberland, MD: Rest, laundry, and bike cleaning

Appropriately, today is a day of rest. We’re just hanging out in the hotel and getting needed stuff done. We walked a half mile to have breakfast at Bob Evans and get supplies at CVS. Then we walked a half mile the other way to wash all our clothes at a laundrymat. This is not a walkable area and so we had to walk in the weeds on the side of the road carting our sleeping bag liners full of...

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Paw Paw Tunnel, Cumberland, MD and the end of the C&O: Cracking a county, solving the pedal slog dilemma and slogging anyway

Paw Paw Tunnel, Cumberland, MD and the end of the C&O: Cracking a county, solving the pedal slog dilemma and slogging anyway

48 miles (77 km) – Total so far: 207 miles (333 km) Another day of glorious weather and fantastic trail conditions. We started off with another oatmeal granola breakfast, wished Walt and Mike a fond adieu and were off. Walt and Mike, if you’re reading this, we really loved meeting you both and sharing campsites. You were one of the highlights of our trip. Keep in touch!! There was...

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Hancock, MD and the Western Maryland Rail Trail: Friendly cyclists, delicious food, lots of climbing and a very expensive ceiling

Hancock, MD and the Western Maryland Rail Trail: Friendly cyclists, delicious food, lots of climbing and a very expensive ceiling

45 miles (72 km) – Total so far: 159 miles (256 km) I said yesterday was a day made for bicycling but I was wrong. TODAY was a day made for bicycling. 77 degrees. Not a cloud in the sky. Brilliant blue sky. On days like these when I’m sitting in my office working, I always think, man I wish I was outside riding my bike! And today I WAS!!! Last night was a total blast. Both our new...

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Antietam Battlefield and Trail Detour: The great coffee mission, a day of detours, and our first injury

Antietam Battlefield and Trail Detour: The great coffee mission, a day of detours, and our first injury

46 miles (74 km) – Total so far: 114 miles (183 km) Today was a day made for bicycling! The weather was a glorious 70 degrees with a soft wind. The jackets came off and we even got to wear shorts today. What a difference the weather makes. Yesterday I was whining about being exhausted after 30 miles. Today we biked 46 miles and I feel great. We started the day with a do-it-yourself...

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To The Town Inn in Harpers Ferry, Virginia: Midnight stalkers, a cell phone reunion and Beans In The Belfry

To The Town Inn in Harpers Ferry, Virginia: Midnight stalkers, a cell phone reunion and Beans In The Belfry

32 miles (51 km) – Total so far: 68 miles (109 km) We had a bit of a scare late last night when we heard someone walking in the woods outside our tent. Craig got up and stood outside the tent watching as someone with a flashlight wandered around in the woods on the other side of the trail. Looking for a good place to bury a body perhaps? Craig watched as he walked over to the picnic table...

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