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Great Allegheny Passage (GAP)

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It was nice seeing a slide show of many highlights of both the C&O and GAP trails, but a bit disappointing that the Adventure Cycling tour guide was little more than advertising a ‘tour’ with about fifty people and a pretty hefty price for a camping bike trip along the two trails.  I’d always pictured Adventure Cycling as individuals or small groups creating a riding adventure.  Having history thrown in, a couple nights in hotels, off trail camping with hot showers guaranteed for the large group and your baggage carried may be what some are looking for, but did not give me the impression of as personal a trip as I got of those participating in this discussion.

A couple years ago Velocipede Bike Workshop hosted two ladies giving a talk that had biked and camped along the GAP trail self-supported.  They discussed camping along the trail, amenities, $10 campsites etc. that were quite frugal.  Barb and I did both trails on separate occasions staying in bed & breakfasts traveling a bit lighter.  We’ve had friends camping with a hotel or B&B thrown in every third day for that bit of comfort and hot shower.

I’m a big fan of Bike Virginia, five days of riding and camping with about 2,000 of your closest friends, but I really think the C&O and GAP trails should be a more intimate experience.  Get together with companions, plan the trip, go out and do it.  The GAP especially has a great website for places to stay, eat, visit.  The C&O’s National Park Service website http://www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm isn’t quite as complete but has some good information.  For more information, try the C&O Canal Bicycling Guide @ http://bikewashington.org/canal/ .  It has some good links for camping, hotels, food etc.

Happy trails

Dan Artley in Parkton

"Most cyclists don't race, yet they ride uncomfortable racing bikes and try to go too fast and so miss much of the world around them.  Our emphasis is on a more relaxed and comfortable style of riding, and on refined bikes that are comfortable on a century ride, an inn-to-inn tour, or even on a ramble down your favorite dirt road." - Chris Kulczycki, Velo Orange

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Dan,
I totally agree, I drove 35 miles and was not happy. I spoke to the REI manager that the talk was not described well in their monthly flyer & wed site calendar. All of what you state is true an more to my plan of small group ridding all or part from Dc to Pitt. I want to ride from Frostburg, to Pitt. Anyone please contact me if you care to plan a ride.

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If anyone wants to have a BBC get together about the Allegheny Passage, I would be more than glad to go over my experiences, planning, what to expect, places to stop, best and cheapest camping, food, water, etc.

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Stephen Franzoni wrote:

If anyone wants to have a BBC get together about the Allegheny Passage, I would be more than glad to go over my experiences, planning, what to expect, places to stop, best and cheapest camping, food, water, etc.

I would be interested.  Wasn't able to attend the REI talk after all last night and it does seem I didn't miss too much.

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I think that is a great idea.  I know I would be interested as I think many others would be as well.

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I agree with Dan, the REI presentation was very weak on tips and ideas about riding the GAP. Stephen and Stephanie, I am also interested in what you have to say about your GAP experiences. Thank you for offering. Hope we can all get together.

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@ Diane et al. -- Are you still interested in this route? Because it's still a dream of mine. I have the camping equipment, etc., just looking for some other adventurers.

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I am interested in doing the Passage this summer or sooner. Right now recovering from Meniscus surgery on my right knee. I would rather do hotel or B&B that camp warm showers and all feel better. I do have all camping stuff. Please plan, set a day, lets meet, we can meet at my house in Sykesville. Been two weeks since my operations, going for a short easy ride today.  Ron

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@Stephen and Stephanie- Are you still available to share your experience?

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I am available to do a session about the Allegheny Passage.  It would be great if someone had a space in the Towson area for us to use.  I don't think many people want to Trek out to Harford County.   Would folks be up to doing something on a Sunday evening?

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