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Daily Progress Reports on the GAP and C&O Canal

Pittsburgh, Point State Park

Noble Invention Rider Spotlight: Paula and David

Paula and David kept us entertained during their 7-day Pittsburgh to DC self-guided bike trip last season as they shared their trail photos with us daily. We love their enthusiasm for the trail!

DAY 1. PITTSBURGH TO CONNELLSVILLE

Hi Kelley. We made it. Had a great trip to a Pittsburgh and a great nights sleep at the Marriott Had hamburgers and dark beer at the best place in town. Made it to Connellsville by 4pm. What a great ride. Met all kinds of nice people on the trail. Love love love the Connellsville B&B. Good choice, thanks very much. Lucy is very sweet. 🚴‍♀️🙂🚴🙂

Pittsburgh, Point State Park

DAY 2. CONNELLSVILLE TO MEYERSDALE

Good evening Kelley: We are having the time of our lives, thank you! 🙂🚴‍♀️ 🚴🙂

Rockwood, Great Allegheny Passagebridge, Great Allegheny PassageBridges and tunnels on the GAPLevi Deal Mansion, Meyersdale

DAY 3. MEYERSDALE TO CUMBERLAND

I walked the Paw Paw Tunnel detour with another couple and David rode his bike behind us all the way up and then all four of us rode all the way down together. It was great 🚴‍♀️🙂🚴🏾🙂

Paw Paw Tunnel trail

DAY 4. CUMBERLAND TO HANCOCK

What a great day we had today. We enjoyed a lunch stop at Desert Rose Cafe Our lodging in Sharpsburg is amazing. We took the lower road so we would be able to ride the whole canal path and tomorrow will ride around the battlefield before getting back on the Towpath. We are the only guests here so it is quite special to say the least. Each day is better than the day before and the beauty of the Towpath is amazing. Thanks for all your help to make this trip so enjoyable. The memories we are making together are precious. 🚴‍♀️🚴

Western Maryland Rail TrailDam along the C&O Canal TowpathBiking on the C&O Canal TowpathDesert Rose Cafe, Williamsport, MDC&O Towpath

DAY 5. HANCOCK TO SHEPHERDSTOWN/SHARPSBURG

Having the time of our lives continued …

Iron truss bridge along the C&O

DAY 6. SHEPHERDSTOWN/SHARPSBURG TO LEESBURG

These are from today. Great time with Chris and Amy Vincent at the Inn. We road the long way both ways somas not to miss part of the Tow Path. Took our bikes to Harpers Ferry. Making the most of our trip for sure. Great hotel here in Leesburg. bob is very nice as well as his staff. 🚴‍♀️🚴

Stairs to Harpers Ferry bridge Harpers Ferry bridgeC&O Canal TowpathMononcacy AqueductJacob Rorhbach Inn, SharpsburgAntietam National Battlefield

DAY 7. LEESBURG TO DC

We did it 🚴‍♀️🙂🚴🙂Mile Marker 0, C&O Canal

Had a great time with the guy who drove the shuttle. Took us under the convention center so we could load our bikes. On our car after David got it out of the parking garage for Amtrak and Greyhound. 🙂🚴‍♀️🙂🚴

C&O Canal TowpathBiking the C&O Canal TowpathPotomac RiverC&O Towpath at GeorgetownBiking the Towpath