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Routes / Re: Pittsburgh to Washington, DC
« on: March 29, 2012, 08:09:34 pm »
My son and I did the GAP & C&O in 2008 it was a wonderful experience.  The GAP is an excellent trail and passes through numerous small communities.  Great B&Bs and trailside camping opportunities along the way.  Beside cyclcists we would meet walkers near the small communities.  As it is crushed limestone there were no skaters. 

The C&O can be rugged in places, especially the western portion.  It has not been upgraded above what it was for the mules that pulled the canal boats.  Near Hancock however, the paved Western Maryland Rail trail parallels the C&O and was a welcome relief. 

We opted to divert off the trail for a small portion to take in the Battlefield at Antietam and some of the surrounding communities.

Near DC the path is well maintained crushed limestone.  It becomes busier with cyclists as well as walkers and runners.  The next thing you know you pop out of the tree and your are in Georgetown.

I would do this trail again and very much recommend it.  As others have said the grades on the roads in the Allegheny's are extremely challenging if that is what you want.


Routes / Re: Northern Tier: Change of route May 2012
« on: March 29, 2012, 07:48:13 pm »
I am in a group leaving Seaside, OR.  June 3rd and will be traversing this portion of the Northern Tier.  I plan on updating my map set, but was wondering if the GPS data is currently available?



Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Has anyone ridden any parts of route 66?
« on: October 30, 2011, 03:10:24 pm »
I have ridden Route 66 from Springfield, IL to the Chicago Lakefront as part of a fundraiser.  There are numerous small towns and resources all along the route.  It parallels I-55 for a great portion of the distance with light traffic on the Old 66.  The surface ranges from poor in some areas to recently resurfaced in others. I live within an hour or two of much of the route through Illinois.  Please feel free to contact me if you need someone to research resources;

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