August 1st – August 2nd

August 1st

I found a 5th Avenue candy bar today, which is likely the high point of my trip. 🙂

Rode about 75 miles today on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canalway, which is a national park. As I write this, I’m just overwhelmed by how wonderful the world is. DUMB AND CHEESY. Chalk it up to the candy bar I just ate but I’m pretty happy.

Met two guys, Alan and Andy, on the trail and rode about 40 miles with them. Really fun couple of dudes, they were two experienced cyclists, one a physics professor and the other a history professor, and I got all sorts of interesting factoids along the way. After they left, it was a little lonely. I had an imaginary conversation with my friend Dave, which was a little strange. Maybe going a little crazy.

God, is it ever swampy. Standing in the Potomac and watching the sunset makes it worth it though.

Sunset on the Potomac.

Sunset on the Potomac.

GAP to C&O!

GAP to C&O!

August 2nd

Easier ride today, though my knees were complaining a bit. Rode about 60 miles to Harper’s Ferry and am now chilling at the hostel there. It’s a nice homey place, with plenty of character.

Nothing that wild to report about the ride itself, other than I ate about 10 billion spiderwebs. I don’t know what these things’ deal is, why are they insistent on spinning webs right across the trail? What are they hoping to accomplish with one strand of web slung across the damn thing?

Tomorrow will be my last day riding.

Dam

Dam

 

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July 31st

July 31st

How does the saying go? The spirit is willing but the body is weak? I had to stop about 15 miles outside of Cumberland because it was starting to rain and I was bone tired (still got about 78 miles though). There was only pay camping in Frostburg ($25/night!) so I just sprung for the hotel room that was $10 more. It’s not the prettiest place ever, but there was a bar next door where I could get french fries and a beer, which was the perfect end to a day.

I’m going onto the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park tomorrow, so the trail’s likely to change a bit, but the good news is that it’s all downhill from here. I hit the highest point on the trail yesterday, and now it should be easier sailing to get to DC.

A little lonely out here, not very many people on the trail, which is nice, but I’m starting to wish for a little human companionship  Guess I’m a people person. I’ve made a goal not to listen to any music or podcasts or anything like that while I’m biking, and all the head time has given me quite a bit of time to think, which is good. I’ll write a bit more about that later.

Got a new bike pump and another pair of underwear. Should be good to go now.

This tunnel was over 3000' long! Awesome.

This tunnel was over 3000′ long! Awesome.

 

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July 30th

I discovered all of the post-processing features on my phone. Get ready for some fly-ass photographs 🙂

July 30th

Did around 65-70 miles today, I arrived in Connellsville, PA around 8. I’m going to try to get to Cumberland, MA (the end of the GAP trail, 91 miles from here) tomorrow. Now that it’s just me and the trail, I won’t have to worry about losing time jumping on and off the highway, avoiding getting hit by traffic. The trail is pretty nice and level, so I can get into a nice mediative state after a little while, which is pretty nice. Giving me time to think. Bought some gloves and new handlebar grips to help with my numb hands. Also going to need to locate a new frame pump, as my old one just fell apart and some of the pieces fell onto the trail somewhere without me noticing.

Also, I seem to have lost one of my two pairs of underwear. Probably fell off when it was drying on the back. I need to secure my loads better. Dammit.

The river I’ve been passing by all day is called the Youghiogeny (I have no idea how you’re supposed to say that, maybe yough-ginny?) My knees are feeling better, and I’m really enjoying the trip.

Discovered my frame pump was broken when I stopped to help a guy named Bill with a flat on the side of the trail. We managed to jerry-rig something together and he gave me a map.

In other news, I had birthday cake ice cream for the first time. Pretty good, though maybe only one scoop next time.

oooooo, how romantic of me.

oooooo, how romantic of me.

Steel milllz.

Steel milllz.

Pittsburgh selfie.

Pittsburgh selfie.

Yep.

Yep.