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General Discussion / Re: Planning Trip / Intro
« on: March 26, 2018, 03:43:28 pm »
That actually sounds kind of fun. Except you need a more waterproof tent!

I rode the GAP and C&O last summer.  I hit the bike trail during a couple days of flooding rains in western Pennsylvania and had to find shelter for a half day plus another full day.  I was on the GAP during the storm. I found an Adirondack shelter and put up my tent. I read and watched the rain. It was actually an enjoyable break. 
[/size]My tent did fine the first 3//4 way across the county but it was gradually loosing its ability to repel water and the first night of the pouring rains it finally gave up. I rode about ten miles in the storm the next day until I found the shelter and then holed up.[/color]
[/size]Anyway I started this story in order to say that the GAP dried out quickly but the C&O was still pretty sloppy for several days after the rains.[/color]

General Discussion / Re: Planning Trip / Intro
« on: March 23, 2018, 10:14:50 am »
On the day or two after a rain I'll end up riding in the grass next to the path as much or more than the path itself. And the ground under the grass is mushy, making for some tough sledding.

General Discussion / Re: Planning Trip / Intro
« on: March 18, 2018, 12:25:57 pm »
Yeah, that makes perfect sense. Build of the butt calluses anyway! I think I can handle a 40-45 mile ride. It's Day 2, 3 and 4 that I know will be what kills me if I don't build up more endurance. We've given ourselves just over 5 months to prepare so I'm going to make the most of it.

One day I'd like to pull off one of these "Century" rides speak of. 100 miles would be the bees knees, but my conscience would all me to count 100km. What would that be called? An English Century?  :o

General Discussion / Planning Trip / Intro
« on: March 16, 2018, 07:46:26 pm »
Hello folks. I'm in IT and ride to get my exercise in since my job often involves a lot of sitting. I've been riding casually for several years, with rides averaging 10-15 miles. Now and then we'll do a 20 mile ride; maybe 3-5 a year.

This is the first time I've joined an advocacy group, and it took some time but finally decided to pick ACA over LAB. I was motivated by the efforts my small town has been making over the past couple of years to make it more cyclist friendly.

This year we're planning a 4 day ride on the C & O Canal path from D.C. to Cumberland (184 Miles). The days will be 43 miles, 42 miles, 40 miles, 59 miles; or 43 miles, 42 miles, 51 miles, 48 miles, depending on how we decide to break it up. Therefore we're going to spend several months working up to it so that we are physically prepared.

We'll be staying hotels along the way to help lessen the blow (yeah right) then plan to stay an extra day in DC enjoying what it has to offer.

Just wondering what you guys do to prepare for long rides.

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