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Shuttle from Washington, D.C. to Pittsburgh
 -  + Does anyone know of a shuttle service from D.C. to Pittsburgh? Just called Amtrak and they do not allow bikes.
Discussion started 12/05/2012 04:03 PM by Janet - 7 replies (last reply by Paulie at 01/13/2013 05:03 PM)
Janet from Springfield, IL on 12/05/2012 04:03 PM
Does anyone know of a shuttle service from D.C. to Pittsburgh? Just called Amtrak and they do not allow bikes.

 
Roy from Middletown, OH on 12/08/2012 12:05 PM
It was my impression that amtrak allowed bikes onboard as checked baggage. I rode GAP/C&O to D.C. this summer and that was policy at the time. Maybe another call to amtrak, another agent, would clarify?

 
Roy from Middletown, OH on 12/08/2012 12:11 PM
Sorry, need to clarify last post: amtrak's policy was to allow bikes in baggage, in approved bike box IF you are ticketed to a stop staffed by union baggage agents. I.e. bikes not allowed to Cumberland MD, because stop is not staffed by amtrak bag handlers. Union rules prohibit anyone but union bag handlers from unloading from the train bag car; according to amtrak onboard staff as of 6/2012.
Did I do good job of keeping personal opinion out of discussion? it was difficult

 
lenny on 12/10/2012 05:45 AM
Roy, you did do a good job of keeping your opin out of your comment. But the larger picture is that Amtrak is not moving forward fast enough for a roll on service program on that particular train.

 
RICK from GRAFTON, VA on 12/13/2012 02:40 PM
Send me an email and I can forward some info. THe bike shop in Hancock has about the best prices and can shuttle up to 6 bikes.

 
Tish from Glen Gardner, NJ on 12/31/2012 03:56 PM
Until a friend offered to drive me to PGH, my plan was to ship my bike via FedEx Ground to a bike shope in PGH -- let them reassemble/check over and go from there. This also would have eliminated the ridiculously long Amtrak ride to PGH...b/c I could get there several hours less travel time by bus and at a more Christian hour than midnight (Amtrak's only bike-carrying train to PGH). Worth considering.

 
Swagman from LaGrange on 01/13/2013 11:54 AM
Contact your Representative and Senator in Congress and give them an ear full about not being able to stow your bike on AMTRK. The only way this bloated government agency is going to put a baggage agent in Cumberland is if someone from Washington DC twist their pathetic arm. Another solution is to let bicyclist stow their machines in one of the lower level compartments that the crew use to “lounge around” for the three and half hour trek from either Pittsburg or Washington DC for a nominal fee. Simple solutions for bureaucratic morons!

 
Paulie from Knoxville on 01/13/2013 05:03 PM
If enough people complain as Swagman suggest, maybe something can be done to allow bikes on the Capital Limited. If you want to ride the Katy Trail in Mo., Amtrak permits roll on bikes on the Missouri River Runner from St. Louis to Sedalia. So it can be done.

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Battleview Market in Sharpsburg
 -  + A little bit of a hike off the trail but well worth it. Outstanding deli. You have to try the biscuits -n-gravy or the Ruben sandwich. To die for. Pretty decent covenants store selection for re-su...
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Swagman from LaGrange, GA on 01/11/2013 11:05 AM
A little bit of a hike off the trail but well worth it. Outstanding deli. You have to try the biscuits -n-gravy or the Ruben sandwich. To die for. Pretty decent covenants store selection for re-supply, no Coleman fuel though.


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Little Orleans Lodge in Little Orleans
 -  + Been staying at Steve's place since 2008. Great location, only 1/2 mile from canal trail, clean rooms, a killer breakfast at a reasonable rate. This is a lodge, not a stuffy B-n-B with lace doilies ...
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Swagman from LaGrange, GA on 01/11/2013 10:35 AM
Been staying at Steve's place since 2008. Great location, only 1/2 mile from canal trail, clean rooms, a killer breakfast at a reasonable rate. This is a lodge, not a stuffy B-n-B with lace doilies and fancy curtains. Too many bad things have been said about this place that just aren’t true. Highly recommended from a seasoned hiker. I have seen a lot worse.


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Bill's Place in Little Orleans
 -  + I just heard that Bill passed away in january, if so such sad news, he was a great awsome guy, i remember my first visit to bills place when i was like 15, now i'm 34 and it's still like a ledgendary ...
Discussion started 01/07/2013 07:19 PM by Tom Kreiner Jr - 2 replies (last reply by Randy at 01/09/2013 03:34 PM)
Tom Kreiner Jr from Dundalk/Baltimore on 01/07/2013 07:19 PM
I just heard that Bill passed away in january, if so such sad news, he was a great awsome guy, i remember my first visit to bills place when i was like 15, now i'm 34 and it's still like a ledgendary place. i've talked about to tons of people and they knew right away about where and who i was speaking of, RIP Bill god bless you and thanks for great times at the bar on our april Fishing trips.. Here's to you....

 
vabiker23518 from williamsburg, va on 01/09/2013 10:14 AM
He will really be missed. Our last trip, two years ago, we were lucky enough to talk with him for a while. Nice guy and local institution. Rest in peace Bill,

 
Randy from E-Town on 01/09/2013 03:34 PM
Bill had terminal cancer and he put up a good fight. Sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great guy. Hopefully his daughter will continue the success of Bill's Place.


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mile markers, water, level?
 -  + hi. I'm planning to run 26.2 on the C and O (soon). Can you tell me:

1) Are there markers every mile?

2) Are the water fountains in service during the winter?

3) Is the trail more...
Discussion started 01/06/2013 07:11 AM by I - 1 reply (last reply by lenny at 01/07/2013 05:14 AM)
I on 01/06/2013 07:11 AM
hi. I'm planning to run 26.2 on the C and O (soon). Can you tell me:

1) Are there markers every mile?

2) Are the water fountains in service during the winter?

3) Is the trail more or less level between Georgetown and Seneca?

 
lenny on 01/07/2013 05:14 AM
Mile markers every mile, if you can find them. Water pumps have handles removed for winter, and the cisterns are drained. It is level, per se.


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Bill Schoenadel has passed
 -  + Just learned that Bill Schoenadel, the proprietor of Bill’s Place, passed away at 10 am, January 5, 2013 in Cumberland, MD. The wiry and colorful patron became a larger than life fixture along the C&...
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Swagman from La Grange, GA on 01/05/2013 09:03 PM
Just learned that Bill Schoenadel, the proprietor of Bill’s Place, passed away at 10 am, January 5, 2013 in Cumberland, MD. The wiry and colorful patron became a larger than life fixture along the C&O canal trail for years serving up cold refreshments and meals to countless weary hikers and bikers. His dry, sarcastic since of humor became synonymous with western Maryland culture. There is no information as of yet about funeral arrangements. Our deepest and sincerest condolences go out to the Schoenadel family. Bill was truly a unique individual and his presents on the canal will be deeply missed. Rest in peace Bill, you well be missed by everyone.


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Riverrun B&B in Hancock
 -  + This is a lovely bed and breakfast tucked right up against the C&O Canal Towpath. My husband and his friends were riding the towpath all the way from DC to Cumberland. Finding the Riverrun so convenie...
Discussion started 05/07/2012 04:38 PM by Hansa Jacob-Martin - 2 replies (last reply by Sinclair at 12/31/2012 11:35 AM)
Hansa Jacob-Martin from Washington, DC on 05/07/2012 04:38 PM
This is a lovely bed and breakfast tucked right up against the C&O Canal Towpath. My husband and his friends were riding the towpath all the way from DC to Cumberland. Finding the Riverrun so conveniently and literally off the towpath was a great opportunity to break the ride, rest, and renew. The rooms are well and nicely furnished, clean, efficient and elegant. The informal yet very professional management of guest needs is a definite highlight. All of us highly recommend the Riverrun to all but more especially to the cyclists. A fantastic stop off the towpath.

 
Sinclair Hamilton from Hancock MD on 06/10/2012 08:47 PM
Thanks for your kind words.

 
Sinclair from Hancock on 12/31/2012 11:35 AM
Our typical extended continental breakfast includes deviled eggs, cereal, canadian bacon, vegetarian sausage, muffins, toast, fresh fruit, yogurt, juice, coffee, tea and cheese. On request we have provided gluten free foods as well.
Sinclair, proprietor


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What is the Most Scenic Part of Gap
 -  + I'm planning a trip to the GAP probably in May or June. I want to ride about 25 miles out, camp or stay at a B&B, then return the next day. Any thoughts on the most scenic section of the GAP would be ...
Discussion started 12/17/2012 07:35 PM by Tom D - 3 replies (last reply by wayne at 12/20/2012 09:24 AM)
Tom D from Baton Rouge LA on 12/17/2012 07:35 PM
I'm planning a trip to the GAP probably in May or June. I want to ride about 25 miles out, camp or stay at a B&B, then return the next day. Any thoughts on the most scenic section of the GAP would be appreciated. Looks like the Ohiopyle area is pretty. Connelsvlle to Confluence?

 
Stillriding from Pittsburgh, PA. on 12/18/2012 02:56 PM
While I have done that ride about 5 times this year because it is such a scenic route I recently went from Rockwood, PA. to Frostburg, MD. which even has more to offer on the scenic side. The big Wind Fans, the Salisbury and Keystone Viaduct, the Big Savage and Borden Tunnels, the highest point on the GAP and the breath taking view from the end of the Savage Tunnel before you cross the state line. Also there is a nice B&B right off the trail in Frostburg. I am looking forward to doing it again it the spring. Hope this helps.

 
Roy from Middletown on 12/18/2012 09:05 PM
Kinda depends on what you like in a ride. Heavily forested, fresh air, seclusion and scenery? Connellsville to Confluence can't be beat. Historic features with more man-made stuff? Rockwood to Frostburg's your ride, though scenery is still great. Ohiopyle is a great little town and in a beautiful spot. Any way you go, I see little room for disappointment. Hope you have a great ride!

 
wayne from W'burg, VA on 12/20/2012 09:24 AM
Have to agree with the first two posters...the east end is the best! West of Connellsville is more industrial and open with less tree crown. Love the eastend!


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GAP Big Savage Tunnel
 -  + Hi. Does anyone know for sure if the Big Savage Tunnels will still be open this Friday, November 30th, 2012. I am planning a ride from Rockwood to Frostbugh. Thanks
Discussion started 11/27/2012 09:44 AM by Stillriding - 2 replies (last reply by Jim at 12/05/2012 11:05 AM)
Stillriding from Pittsburgh, PA. on 11/27/2012 09:44 AM
Hi. Does anyone know for sure if the Big Savage Tunnels will still be open this Friday, November 30th, 2012. I am planning a ride from Rockwood to Frostbugh. Thanks

 
Jim on 11/29/2012 03:34 PM
The Big Savage Tunnel along the GAP Trail is always closed from Dec. 1 through April 10.

 
Jim on 12/05/2012 11:05 AM
Correction to my last post. The Big Savage Tunnel will close on 12/6. This is a seasonal closure to seal the tunnel and protect it from winter conditions (thawing and refreezing, etc.)


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Shuttle from DC to Cumberland
 -  + Can anyone suggest a shuttle service. We want to leave our cars at the long term lot at Ronald Reagon Airport. Thanks.
Discussion started 10/14/2012 08:48 PM by HOKEY POKEY - 6 replies (last reply by anonymous at 11/07/2012 10:12 PM)
HOKEY POKEY from Roanoke, Va on 10/14/2012 08:48 PM
Can anyone suggest a shuttle service. We want to leave our cars at the long term lot at Ronald Reagon Airport. Thanks.

 
Larry from Newport KY on 10/16/2012 01:22 PM
I have just completed the ride and I took the train. The train ticket was $47.00 and another $10.00 to ship the bike. It was super easy however the only places to load and unload the bike is Pittsburg and DC hope this helps.

 
JJB from Fairmont, WV on 10/16/2012 05:28 PM
I can tell you that we have used "River and Trail Outfitters" and had a good experience with them. They were on time and got us to mile post zero safely. Using this website go to "Towns and Services". Select Brunswick. Go to the shuttle icon and click on the link. There are other shuttle services out there. This company was the only one open on the dates we needed. Hope this helps you and have a great ride!

 
Nanaterry on 10/17/2012 11:04 AM
We just got done with the trail a few weeks ago. We left the car at Pitts (The Pump House), and then when we got to D.C. we pedaled out to the airport and rented a town & Country Van one-way to drive back to Pitts. We drove to the car and then returned the van to the Pitts airport. Cost was around $230.00 Dollars.

 
John from Wayne nnjc on 10/30/2012 09:06 AM
We dropped cars at great falls, registered with visitors center, met c&o bike shop, Hancock and took shuttle back to Hancock and rode back to cars, 120 miles, worked very well

 
Anonymous from Reston on 10/30/2012 03:58 PM
You can rent a car from Hertz in Herndon for a one way trip to Cumberland. Small SUV should run about $150.

 
Anonymous on 11/07/2012 10:12 PM
Thanks for the replies. We've decided that the 4 or 5 of us will meet up in Cumberland and leave our bikes and gear at a hotel, drive our cars to Reagon Airport ( long term lot) and take Amtrak back to Cumberland and begin the ride the next morning. This works out well since we are all our coming from far away and the hotel stay will be nice b/4 the start. I do wish Amtrak would do whatever is needed to correct the no unloading bikes at Cumberland policy. This will be my first time on Amtrak so I'm kind of excited about that too.


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GAP in December?
 -  + I'm planning to leave from southeastern Michigan in late December and ride all the way to DC. Is that possible? Has anyone ridden the GAP in the winter? I have a pretty decent cross bike and have ridd...
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humanhumanhuman on 11/03/2012 11:43 AM
I'm planning to leave from southeastern Michigan in late December and ride all the way to DC. Is that possible? Has anyone ridden the GAP in the winter? I have a pretty decent cross bike and have ridden multi-day, long distance rides before. Thanks in advance for any insight.

 
Susan from Martinsburg, WV on 11/03/2012 12:27 PM
Please note that the Big Savage Tunnel along the GAP Trail is always closed from Dec. 1 through April 10. The GAP Trail is wonderful, but I wouldn't advise it during winter. A lot of it runs through a snow belt. Here's some info.
http://linkup.shaw-weil.com/detoursavage.htm


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Whites Ferry
 -  + Does anyone know if the ferry is back in service.
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Tom from Haymarket, Va on 11/02/2012 11:57 AM
Does anyone know if the ferry is back in service.


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Hurricane Update - C&O
 -  + From C&O's Facebook page:
Update as of 10:00 AM October 31: The Great Falls Entrance Road will be closed until hazards and debris are removed. The Overlook Trail at Olmsted Island and Billy Goat A ...
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Update as of 10:00 AM October 31: The Great Falls Entrance Road will be closed until hazards and debris are removed. The Overlook Trail at Olmsted Island and Billy Goat A Trail remain closed. Boat ramps, campgrounds, and hiker/biker campsites throughout the park will be opened as they are cleared of hazards and debris. The Williamsport Visitor Center is closed until exhibits are returned.


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Hurricane Sandy Update - GAP
 -  + Be advised that the GAP has sustained some major damage due to Hurricane Sandy. Numerous trees are across the trail and a major washout occured around Mile 6 through 10, near Woodcock Hollow Trail Hea...
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Be advised that the GAP has sustained some major damage due to Hurricane Sandy. Numerous trees are across the trail and a major washout occured around Mile 6 through 10, near Woodcock Hollow Trail Head Please use extreme caution when using the Trail in this area.

Trail is complete from Cumberland, MD to Homestead PA (Waterfront shopping district), a distance of 141 miles.


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Water at C&O Canal Towpath Campsites
 -  + Saw a comment that pump handles are removed after 10/15. Can anyone confirm or refute this? Also,is the water safe and palatable?
Discussion started 10/19/2012 03:56 PM by Tom O - 2 replies (last reply by greencloud at 10/30/2012 06:17 PM)
Tom O from Pittsburgh on 10/19/2012 03:56 PM
Saw a comment that pump handles are removed after 10/15. Can anyone confirm or refute this? Also,is the water safe and palatable?

 
Randy on 10/29/2012 12:01 PM
Yes, this is true. They do that to minimize damage due to freezing due to the onset of cold weather conditions.
The water is tested regularly by the Park Service. It has a slight aftertaste due to chemicals used to treat it. I beleive they use Iodine to treat the water. I have not experienced any issues when I drank the water.

 
greencloud from Middletown, OH on 10/30/2012 06:17 PM
Don't know about the handles on pumps: however, riding the C&O this summer, I drank the water ONCE. Carried two 20 oz. bottles plus extra quart for rest of trip into DC. Resupplied in towns along the way, no problems.


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C&O Trail Temporary Closure Starting 10/29
 -  + The C&O Canal Trail is temporarily closed due to adverse weather conditions caused by Hurrican Sandy. They expect severe flooding and downed trees over a large area.
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Official Statement from...
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The C&O Canal Trail is temporarily closed due to adverse weather conditions caused by Hurrican Sandy. They expect severe flooding and downed trees over a large area.
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Official Statement from the NPS:
Trail and Facility CLOSURES
With the approach of Hurricane Sandy, C&O Canal NHP is closed Monday, October 29th. This includes all park offices and public facilities. All public access points will be closed

Don't take unnecessary risks. Stay safe!


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Bill's Place in Little Orleans
 -  + Awesome place to stop, for a bite to eat, couple of beers, little chit chat... with Jake, and Bill.... lots of storys.... went there October 5,2012
camped in Little Orleans, went up for the Appleb...
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Anonymous on 10/28/2012 04:03 PM
Awesome place to stop, for a bite to eat, couple of beers, little chit chat... with Jake, and Bill.... lots of storys.... went there October 5,2012
camped in Little Orleans, went up for the Applebutterfest..... stopped in Bill's place for some Blue Grass in the street.... and a DJ later on that night... Great time... :P We are a going back again next year.. Emmet & Debbie Atkins... from NJ....


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Winter
 -  + Well I guess it is almost time to put the bikes away for the season. It is really sad to see another summer go by so quickly. Looking forward to having more than one long trip next year with the kids ...
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Sean S from McKeesport on 10/28/2012 10:32 AM
Well I guess it is almost time to put the bikes away for the season. It is really sad to see another summer go by so quickly. Looking forward to having more than one long trip next year with the kids and hoping to get a new 29er for next year.


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The Parker House in Confluence
 -  + Very convenient. This little town and this house is stunning. What a location. I highly recommend this place.
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Dana on 09/11/2012 10:39 AM
Very convenient. This little town and this house is stunning. What a location. I highly recommend this place.

 
YellowBird from NJ on 10/17/2012 07:46 PM
Loved this place too. The town is very nice, very 'small town America'. They don't serve breakfast, but there is plenty of comfortable sitting room in the house and Sisters Cafe in town. Downside... bikes are stored outside on a rack.


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Bright Morning Bed & Breakfast in West Newton
 -  + Stay here. Wonderful warm people. They helped arrange everything for me--shipped my bike to the bike shop just down the street and they picked me up from the airport. Literally right on the trail. ...
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Dana from Arizona on 09/11/2012 10:41 AM
Stay here. Wonderful warm people. They helped arrange everything for me--shipped my bike to the bike shop just down the street and they picked me up from the airport. Literally right on the trail. What a great way to start your ride.

 
YellowBird from NJ on 10/17/2012 07:43 PM
Agree! Nice innkeeper. Clean. Right on the trail. Nice sitting room. CLose to bike shop.


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The Town's Inn in Harpers Ferry
 -  + It is great to stay right in the heart of Harpers Ferry. Nice rustic inn-great restaurant. But you have to be able to carry your gear and bike up a stair case to get over the bridge--so be warned.
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Dana from Arizona on 09/11/2012 10:29 AM
It is great to stay right in the heart of Harpers Ferry. Nice rustic inn-great restaurant. But you have to be able to carry your gear and bike up a stair case to get over the bridge--so be warned.

 
YellowBird from NJ on 10/17/2012 07:42 PM
I hated this place... it was not clean. Shower curtain had mildew. Cobwebs at ceiling. Rugs had not been vacuumed. Windows dirty. Innkeeper was ditzy -- room wasn't ready. Gave me key to another room. That wasn't ready either. Ran out of several menu items in restaurant portion. Pepper shaker was sticky... the whole place just gave me the heebie jeebies and not because it was old.

As for the elevated walkway to get over to Harper's Ferry -- be very careful in the morning especially if it's dewy... I slipped and fell, even though I knew how slippery it was.


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 -  + Just an opinion.I think the posters on this sight should write and email AMTRAK regularly asking about roll on service and when it will be instituted on the DC to Pittsburgh train. They have truly bee...
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lenny on 10/17/2012 04:14 AM
Just an opinion.I think the posters on this sight should write and email AMTRAK regularly asking about roll on service and when it will be instituted on the DC to Pittsburgh train. They have truly been dragging their feet on this issue


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 -  + What happened, I couldn't get on for a week?
Discussion started 10/12/2012 05:47 PM by lenny - 2 replies (last reply by Ray (webmaster) at 10/13/2012 10:05 AM)
lenny on 10/12/2012 05:47 PM
What happened, I couldn't get on for a week?

 
JJB from Fairmont, WV on 10/12/2012 10:40 PM
Me too. I was getting worried that the site may no longer exist. Glad to see it back up and running!

 
Ray (webmaster) on 10/13/2012 10:05 AM
Sorry folks, my bad - have been working real hard on a different website lately and wasn't watching this one closely enough. Database got too full and I did not realize it. I apologize, and will keep a closer eye on things in the future. Thanks for hanging in there.

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Using Camelbak
 -  + My wife and I are planning on riding the C&O the last two weeks of October. It is my understanding that the water pump handles are removed after October 15. Does anyone have any input on using Camelba...
Discussion started 10/04/2012 09:54 AM by Gary W Petty - 1 reply (last reply by lenny at 10/05/2012 04:26 AM)
Gary W Petty from CHATTANOOGA on 10/04/2012 09:54 AM
My wife and I are planning on riding the C&O the last two weeks of October. It is my understanding that the water pump handles are removed after October 15. Does anyone have any input on using Camelbaks?

 
lenny on 10/05/2012 04:26 AM
Wife used one on our ride for the first time, and loved it. One shouln't drink cistern water


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GAP/C&O blog
 -  + Completed the whole ride on 9/29. Started in Homestead. Averaged 30 miles/day and stayed in B&B's. Photos/stories/details on my blog: http://dorkybikeshorts.weebly.com/dorky-bike-shorts-blog.html
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Yellowbird from Glen Gardner, NJ on 10/03/2012 06:54 AM
Completed the whole ride on 9/29. Started in Homestead. Averaged 30 miles/day and stayed in B&B's. Photos/stories/details on my blog: http://dorkybikeshorts.weebly.com/dorky-bike-shorts-blog.html


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 -  + What is the best overnight parking option near the start of the trail? We are planning to ride the entire GAP & C&O trails, so parking would be for about 1 week total. We will be riding West to East. ...
Discussion started 09/11/2012 08:11 PM by Nanaterry - 4 replies (last reply by nanaterry at 10/02/2012 01:23 PM)
Nanaterry on 09/11/2012 08:11 PM
What is the best overnight parking option near the start of the trail? We are planning to ride the entire GAP & C&O trails, so parking would be for about 1 week total. We will be riding West to East. Is the Mckeesport parking lot safe?

 
lenny on 09/14/2012 06:57 PM
I'm back. The Waterfront is a better choice lots of lights and businesses, so police and alot of people will be around.

 
Sean S from Mckeesport on 09/20/2012 06:01 PM
You could try parking at River City Junction a parking pass costs like 12 or bucks for the whole season and it is safe and secure it is about 1.5 miles away from Boston .Mile 132,242 Sandy Dr. Greenock,PA,412-754-0976. They list this as being in Mckeesport but is not in Mckeesport. It is right next to the trail which is real nice and easy. I park here all the time.

 
Sean S from Mckeesport on 09/20/2012 06:11 PM
It is between Boston and Buena Vista

 
nanaterry on 10/02/2012 01:23 PM
Just got back from our trip. We parked at the pump house. Rode the trail for 6 1/2 days, took a day to sight see in D.C. Then rented a van from the airport one way and drove back to the car. Everything was just fine. Returned the van to the Pitts. airport. Had a great time.


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Williamsport
 -  + The Hospital is NOT at the location listed & some of the places listed are NOT in Business anymore! BEST to call before going to make sure! JUST A HEADS UP ! Enjoy the Ride!
Discussion started 09/30/2012 03:52 AM by George Morgan - 1 reply (last reply by Ray (webmaster) at 09/30/2012 10:33 AM)
George Morgan from Williamsport MD on 09/30/2012 03:52 AM
The Hospital is NOT at the location listed & some of the places listed are NOT in Business anymore! BEST to call before going to make sure! JUST A HEADS UP ! Enjoy the Ride!

 
Ray (webmaster) on 09/30/2012 10:33 AM
Yes, it's always best to call ahead.

If you see any businesses listed here that you know have closed (or new ones that are missing), please post details here on the forum or click the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page, so we can keep the listings as accurate as possible for future trail users. There are a lot of businesses out there along hundreds of miles of trail. so we appreciate any help you can offer in keeping up with what's really open.

Thanks, and happy trails!


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 -  + About 2 miles.
Discussion started 09/28/2012 04:11 AM by lenny - 0 replies
lenny on 09/28/2012 04:11 AM
About 2 miles.


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Big Slackwater Project - is Finished!
 -  + Great news! I got this news from the Park Service.
The area of the C&O Canal Trail known as Big Slackwater is officially open. So we no longer have to use that detour on public roads.
Enjo...
Discussion started 09/24/2012 02:00 PM by Randy O - 4 replies (last reply by Lee the Biker at 09/27/2012 10:25 AM)
Randy O on 09/24/2012 02:00 PM
Great news! I got this news from the Park Service.
The area of the C&O Canal Trail known as Big Slackwater is officially open. So we no longer have to use that detour on public roads.
Enjoy your ride!

 
lenny on 09/25/2012 04:21 AM
A friend just rode up to the Big Slackwater approach ON 9/22, and said the approach was still being finished. Be careful getting on. As I said in my post I rode the restoration on 9/12 and some machinery was still in place at the approach.

 
Randy O on 09/25/2012 09:29 AM
Thanks for the first-hand report. The Park Service has indicated Big Slackwater is open for business. The Canal Trust has also confirmed this information.

 
lenny on 09/25/2012 06:43 PM
GREAT AND MARVELOUS!

 
Lee the Biker from Podunk WV on 09/27/2012 10:25 AM
We rode it Tuesday, 9/25. It is as much of an engineering marvel as the Canal itself must have been in its day


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Hagerstown Antietam KOA
 -  + Do not camp here! We were placed in a campsite too small for
Our camper necessitating a 0730 pack up to get out of our neighbor's way so they would not hit us or a tree. When I tried to discuss ...
Discussion started 09/25/2012 12:03 PM - 0 replies
Anonymous on 09/25/2012 12:03 PM
Do not camp here! We were placed in a campsite too small for
Our camper necessitating a 0730 pack up to get out of our neighbor's way so they would not hit us or a tree. When I tried to discuss with he owner. This was his response "Your complaint is so utterly ridiculous that is does not warrant my time to call you back".
 
Sincerely,
John Durham
Owner

That is the customer service you should expect. Suggest you find a Campgrond who values your business!

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