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Touring On the C&O Canal Towpath has come back

John Pescatore

This past July 4th weekend I got a number of road rides in and some hiking with my wife, then just felt like riding through the woods. I did a 19 mile out/19 mile back ride on one of the more scenic sections of the C&O Canal Towpath along the Potomac River in Maryland, from Sharpsburg/Shepardstown up to the Towpath midpoint at mile marker 92.

I did a short write-up with some photos on Cycle365 here.

There are hiker-biker camp sites every 5 to 10 miles - 2 of the three I passed had tents with loaded bikes outside them. And the pump handles appeared to be back on the campsite water pumps, a nice thing.  I also saw several other loaded bikes along the 38 mile ride. 

Nice to see, lots of people out but minimal crowding - typical of that stretch in normal times, compared with sections near trailheads closer to the larger population centers.

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