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C&O Canal Tow Path

In early September 2014 I rode my bicycle from Washington DC to Cumberland MD on the C&O Canal. That was followed by riding from Cumberland MD to Pittsburgh PA on the Grand Allegheny Passage (GAP). The C&O Canal is a National Park. The canal itself was used to transport goods from 1831 until 1924. This first set of photos capture essence of the C&O Tow path, 184.5 miles of hard packed dirt and rocks, with potholes and water. Justice William O Douglas first recognized the beauty and value of having the abandoned canal become a place to hike. The C&O Canal preservation began in 1954, became a national park in 1971, and today is used for hiking, running, and cycling.

Cycling from Washington DC to Cumberland was a 4 day trip.
Washington DC to Harpers Ferry WV, Harpers Ferry to 4 Locks, 4 Locks to Little Orleans, and Little Orleans to Cumberland.

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Posted on: Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

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