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COGAP INTERNET RESOURCES: For geeks like me, you know who you are!

COGAP INTERNET RESOURCES: For geeks like me, you know who you are!

As is my habit, I’ve spent the month before our COGAP tour in 2010 exhaustively researching the internet to prepare for this adventure. For my geeky readers, here’s a list of the most helpful resources that I’ve found for the C&O Canal Path / Great Allegheny Passage area.

http://elephanteating.blogspot.com/2009/03/c-and-o-canal-campsite-guide.html Journal with a cool name! This page is a detailed description of all of the free hiker/biker campsites on the C&O Canal Path.

http://www.bikecando.com/ Very helpful site about the C&O and the GAP. I like the logical way this site is set up. Very easy to navigate. There is an identical site about the Katy Trail (www.bikekatytrail.com) that I’ve used for our past tours so this site felt very familiar. However the comment forum on this site is pretty much empty so there really aren’t a lot of descriptions of amenities along the trail. Just lists and addresses. Hope people start using it because I’ve found it so helpful on the Katy Trail site.

http://bikewashington.org/canal/ Good site about the C&O. It’s not as logically organized or as up-to-date as the BikeCandO.com site but I found it much more personable with good, practical information.

http://www.hancockmd.com/WMRT/info.html Info site about the beautiful Western Maryland Rail Trail that parallels the C&O for 22 miles. We’ll be riding this on our 4th day and we’ll be READY for pavement by that time.

Besides the linked sites above, I’ve scoured Google Maps to check all of our routes and planned stops. I find Google’s Street View feature to be invaluable when I am searching for the most bikeable routes.

I’ve also spent the past weeks reading every CrazyGuyOnABike.com journal about the C&O / GAP trails that I could find. What a priceless resource this website is. Thank you, Crazy Guy! I’ve enjoyed them ALL but here are few of my favorites:

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=5918&term=allegheny&context=all The Bristol Family’s adventure on the C&O/GAP trails. This journal was my hands down favorite. Mr. Bristol is a true artist as he captures his wife and three lovely young daughters with words and pictures. Every photo is a uniquely thoughtful composition. He even includes a sweet video complete with musical track of their journey. After reading dozens of similar journals with the same standard pictures this one was a delight.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=1685&term=canal&context=all This is a fun one. Read about the husband & wife on a tandem and ‘Pa’ taking on the C&O/GAP in 2000 and then you can read as they do the same trip again 10 years later with their new daughter here: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=7622

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=4363 Nancy Rice is a retired lady who makes this trip by her lonesome. Women who do these trips solo are my heroes.http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=5846 Another solo female cyclist with a flair for words.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=1685&term=canal&context=all I was LOLing all the way through this funny comedy of errors tour by Jerry W

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