Posted by: nierluap | August 11, 2011

SHARPSBURG TO ALEXANDRIA

Leaving the Jacob Rohrbach Inn in Sharpsburg I was eagerly anticipating my arrival in Virginia. I knew my port of entry would be the Whites Crossing Ferry that would get me on the road to Leesburg. To get there required more time on the C$O trail, where I entered around Harpers Ferry and rode down to Whites Crossing. To get to Harpers Ferry meant I would be on Harpers Ferry road, an incredible road of turns and climbs and for someone who has never been there I was almost in awe. Why have I never been there? The ferry to Va was a cable tow, something I never had experienced. Once in Leesburg on this cool day with low humidity, I got on the WOD trail which went all the way to Alexandria. I was impressed by the extensive trail network in Va and by the amazing number of riders on the trail. One thing however was apparent and that is the intensity on the faces of the bikers, males and females, the lack of eye contact anyone makes. One gets the distinct feeling that one must keep to themselves because you don’t know who could be a serial killer, or the next Mr. Giordano. Not one cyclist besides me ever used a hand signal to thank the cars who routinely stop to let you go. It’s so easy to use that TY hand signal. Very intense, especially noticeable after 9 weeks away from the big city ( except my Chicago weekend). We do have two countries and I like the country away from the big city. Why can’t I earn a living in Aspen? Anyway I’m in Alexandria, great dinner at a restaurant suggested by Nan Couleman- the Majestic Cafe. Tomorrow I simply want to get as far past Fredricksburg as possible. Today 83 miles.

Posted by: nierluap | August 11, 2011

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Posted by: nierluap | August 10, 2011

CUMBERLAND TO SHARPSBURG

Today for the 1st time I rode a majority of the day with another cyclist. Mac, a retired government employee from Dale City who was riding the C&O trail alone. We met at the hotel in Cumberland. The 1st 44 miles were on the trail, definitely rougher than the GAP, but arrived in Little Orleans around 1. Turns out Bills Place is little Orleans. They were preparing for 3 days of bikers but fortunately we arrived prior to their arrival. A few miles later w

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e joined the Western Maryland Rail Trail, paved, that goes for 23 miles through Hancock, Mac and parted ways in Hancock as he was staying there, a 60 mile ride. I went on the roads given to me by the bike shop in Cumberland and he certainly knew what he was doing as the roads were beautiful. Even though only 36 miles on the roads (day total 96), they were great roads, in fact as good as it gets. In Sharpsburg just one place to stay, the Jacob Rohrbach Inn. It is a very nice B&B, one I would return to without a bicycle. My room is a suite, very comfortable, breakfast in a.m. and a nice place after riding 96 miles. Tomorrow I get to Virginia, do you believe it? When I look at my bike I just think it’s cool that piece of steel brought me across the country. Hopefully I will get past Alexndria tomorrow. Tired.

Posted by: nierluap | August 10, 2011

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Posted by: nierluap | August 9, 2011

CUMBERLAND MARYLAND

My day began at the Rockwood Trail B&B, awakening to a gentle rain, after surviving remarkeable well the large number of trains that go through this town. After 3 tries at B&B’s I finally found a really good one. Outstanding facility and breakfast, excellent company with the Shaynas family, and finally on the path around 1030, my latest start. 23 more miles of an uphill grade on the path softened by the rain until I reached the Eastern Continental Divide, with a big smile because this meant no more mountains to climb, hills yes but the Allegheny Mts were behind me. The next 20 miles were a beautiful downhill taking me into Cumberland and the land of Barry Dayton. It was obvious that the city is doing a revitilazation project and it is in downtown that the Allegheny Passage runs into the C&O Trail to Washington. I was pleased to get there safely as I was having some mechanical issues with my bike and right at the transition point was a bicycle shop. I talked with the owner about my chain issues and off I went for pizza and a smoothie while they worked on it. Fortunately only a minor problem that must have taken place when I fell in Pittsburg as the rack brackets loosened and one of the brackets was loose enough to be rubbing on the rear gears. I was fortunate the chain didn’t break. The bike was fixed and I asked him about places to stay 20-30 miles down the road, and there were none, thus I am at the Fairfield Inn in Cumberland. We then went over the C&aO Trail and he eased my mind because it is 180 miles to DC, but with his knowledge the trail was shortened using another trail and roads that should bring me to Northern Virginia south of Alexandria by Thursday evening. A little nervous about getting down to Fredricksburg but I checked out Adventure Cycling maps and received their suggested route so anticipating past Fredricksburg by Friday night, near Williamsburg by Saturday night and VB by Sunday. My route to VB will depend on the fire in the Dismal Swamp and which way the wind is blowing. A nice surprise for dinner tonight as the Shaynas family happened to be staying here also and we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Baltimore Street Grill. Shrimp etoufee, as good as in New Orleans, but the coup de gras was world class bread pudding, that was the best I have ever tasted. Tomorrow brings a ride close to 100 again, I think. Yikes I hope to be home by Sunday.

Posted by: nierluap | August 9, 2011

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