Missing views like these this morning. Waking up for the first time in four days inside without 87+ miles of trail ahead. Some quick iPhone shots from our 366mile 4day trek along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) rail-trail (150 miles) and Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath (184.5 miles) along with a few side trips to Antietam National Battlefield, Fort Frederick, Harper’s Ferry, the National Mall, and more. Camping at free sites along the trail. Stopping here and there for historic points of interest, foraging wild raspberries, and a couple grocery stops for replenishments. Spending ~$7/person per day on fuel to sustain 3000 - 4000calorie days on the bike. Pounding through bags of cookies, bars, gummy bears, chips, instant mashed potatoes, and ramen. We rinsed our kits and bodies in streams and pump stations. It was incredibly hot and humid. Yet mosquitoes along the towpath alone were motivation enough to keep moving. We arrived in D.C. chased by a thunderstorm that broke moments after we reached the canal’s end. Prior to that we had only been rained on heavily once the day prior and sustained 1 flat the entire trip. Aside from $56 in food, our other expenses included $180 in rental cars + $40 in gas (cheaper than public transit even w/ gas), a $26 saddle bag, and $40 in tires. Totaling $342 for a trip that could have easier cost much more. All-in-all it was certainly an adventure and I couldn’t have asked for a better companion.
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