Crossing Mountains, Chasing River Revisited
In the summer of 2011 I embarked on my first bicycle tour with my best friend Chuck. Both of us were novice cycling tourists. It was a time of change in our lives. We were looking for adventure and challenges. Our weeklong trip across the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail did not disappoint us. This journey is chronicled in the older posts of this blog.
Three years have passed with my love of bicycle touring only getting stronger over time. I was anxious to return to the GAP and C&O. At the urging of my friends, I organized a repeat performance of my first tour for seven of my best cycling buddies.
It seemed only natural to resurrect this blog to chronicle our adventures. I am an avid amateur writer and photographer. Blogging allows me to combine these talents with my love of technology and travel. This blog tells the story of eight friends who set out to explore one of the most beautiful natural and historic areas of this country.
Our expedition begins at the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. and heads west through the battlefields of Antietam and historic waypoints such as Harpers Ferry and Fort Frederick. Following the canal’s path along the Potomac, we find ourselves at the Narrows at Cumberland. Our passage gains elevation as we follow the trail of coke, coal and steel along the Western Maryland Railway through the Laurel Highlands to the confluence of the three rivers in Pittsburgh.
I hope that you find this collection of posts and videos informative and entertaining. My goal is to tell our story in a way that finds you cycling all 335 miles along with us. I encourage you to engage me in conversation along our journey.