Easter ride to DC N@

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edmonds59
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I’m in the early stages of planning a 7 day trip to D.C. in June, and it seems like I’m going to need to plan the whole thing around showers, so it’s good to hear about “shower options”. Don’t want to sound foo-foo, but as far as I’m concerned a daily shower is not optional. :)

Also, when I have gone ultra-light, I use a pocket hammock, and string a large, light poncho over for rain. Gets you up off the ground in the rain, and you don’t need a sleeping pad. I’ve been very successful with that. Assuming you can get used to sleeping in a hammock.


P-Rob
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I have this weird thing about not being able to sleep on my back. I make attempts to re-train myself off and on, especially for better spinal alignment and the injuries I have sustained over the years. I have not tried the newer hammocks and understand that they have come a long way. That does sound like a good option, provided you have bug netting. You will be camped along running water and still water (canal) the whole time. I have Lands End pants from a goodwill store that protect my legs and wear a net on my head for such occassions in camp, but a sleeping system with a bug net is good. I use a Six Moon Designs Luna solo tent. It is single wall, has good ventialtion, bug net, etc. Weighs 23 ounces. My pad adds another pound, but I can use that system year round (and I do).

I know you can camp with showers at the Army Corps campground in Confluence. There is a Husky Haven campground with showers near Rockwood. The YMCA in Cumberland has them, and I will be checking that out for the first time on this trip. There may be campgrounds along the C&O, I used a hotel one night last time. There is a place in Hancock, MD for cyclists that may have showers. Will also be staying at the Hostel in Harpers Ferry (will check on the shower).

The Allegheny Trail Alliance website has tons of information for planning trips along the Great Allegheny Passage. There is a separate group for the C&O Towpath, and I imagine they have a website too.

Getting covered in limestone dust is no fun if you can’t shower. But there are rivers nearby to jump into. Just gets muddy along the banks.


BradQ
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I stayed at the Husky Haven campground in Rockwood last year, as it was the only site that lined up with my milage plans. It was a hell of a setup, well worth the $10 or $15 it cost per night. Lots of dry, split firewood. Large, flat well drained tent sites. Picnic table and all that. Showers and bathrooms were located a roughly half mile ride down the trail and across the bridge into town, and were really well done private, locking bathroom/shower rooms open 24hrs. Camp steward would deliver potable water to site if you wished. And they were nice people in my interaction. Not really the primitive, out there camping experience some might be looking for though, definitely a commercial feeling site.


edward m
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I always ride round trip. Greyhound can not handle the business they get. Greyhound and Amtrak are a hassle.I stayed at Husky Haven in 2008 and 2010 is no free camping near Rockwood.Husky Haven got internet computer, pool table, hot private showers and bike stand. There is a hostel in Rockwood has a washer and dryer.I only ride 30-40 miles a day when bike touring and camping.Expect Ohiopyle campground to be sold out all summer.And the Trail Inn In Frostburg has a Liberty Room expect that to be sold out weekends all summer.


P-Rob
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Got my bag from Nashbar today. It is lighter than I thought so I will pack it on my rack instead of mailing ahead. Have a bus trip to Erie soon and will try it out on greyhound since megabus does not start that route until May 11th. Will call to see what they have to say about packaged bikes. It is technically not a box, but that should not matter with some good padding on the inside.

Need to practice tearing down the bike and packing it. Will play flute music and work up to packing it blindfolded. now that is some Kung Fu skill!


P-Rob
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I’m shelving this ride. Have spent all day at home today and needed to make the call, in case you were considering it.

I should be well enough for one century next weekend if anyone is interested. Might ride it on a single speed on a road/trail combination. Or full on road bike. Will consider the weather and decide which day closer to next weekend.


P-Rob
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OK. I am feeling much better, there is zero rain in the forecast. I did trade off the bike I was going to ride, but I do have others. So this is back on. I might regret it by the time I reach Cumberland – but I might not.


Mick
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Check river levels for the potomac. I’m guessign teh river will be down a bunch before the weekend, but maybe not enough.

http://bike-pgh.org/bbpress/topic/c-and-o-canal-towpath-flooded


Steven
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http://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/closures.htm doesn’t show any current flooding-related closures on the towpath, FWIW.


P-Rob
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Dude – this morning the weather said 0% chance of precipitation. Now it is 100% chance both days with thunder storms and temps around 45 degrees.

That sucks. I have backpacked plenty in cold rain but do not plan on biking in those conditions. I have been at work thinking about this all day and someone jsut pointed out my innaccurate forecast infromation. This trip can wait.


P-Rob
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I am so pissed I cant really decide. I rearranged a number of things for this, thinking that the weather would be favorable. I am almost pissed enough to just do it anyway.


P-Rob
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This is good information. With the detours, this trip is looking more and more grim.

This page contains up to date information on trail and towpath closures at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP. This page is updated on a regular basis.

As of April 21, 2011 Billy Goat Trail Sections “A”, “B”, and “C” are closed due to high water.

As of April 21, 2011 The Georgetown Canal boat is not running due to flood damage. Please call the Georgetown Visitor Center at 202-653-5190 or Park Headquarters at 301-739-4200 to inquire when the canal boat is expected to run again.

As of April 21, 2011 the Great Falls Overlook is open.

As of April 21, 2011 the Great Falls parking lot is closed to overnight parking. Please make arrangements to park at Carderock. The Great Falls parking lot will remain closed to overnight parking until further notice.

As of April 21, 2011 the Great Falls entrance road is open. However, construction is currently taking place on the road. Please use caution while driving near construction areas.

As of April 21, 2011 the towpath between Dam Four (MP 85) and McMahon’s Mill (MP 88.10) is closed due to rock slides. Please use marked detours on local roads. Click here for detour map.

As of April 21, 2011 the new restroom facilities at Great Falls are open. Construction is currently underway near the new restroom facilities. Please use caution while walking past the construction areas. The lower parking lot is closed to vehicle traffic.

As of April 21, 2011 the fee booth at Great Falls has been removed and is under reconstruction. Park passes and Golden Age passes are available from fee rangers who are temporarily stationed at the Great Falls Tavern.


sloaps
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Wanna go to Cumberland and back instead – next weekend? I really need a mini-vacation.


reddan
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Wanna go to Cumberland and back instead – next weekend? I really need a mini-vacation.

If ya can leave early Friday morning, I hear there may be a few people riding as far as Rockwood before leaving the trail for points east… ;-)


Steven
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With the detours, this trip is looking more and more grim.

FWIW, all the listed detours today are either not on the C&O Trail itself (the Billy Goat Trail is a hiking trail nearby), or long-standing detours (the section around MP 85). Looks like the C&O is currently all open.

On the other hand, it looks like the entire route from here to Washington is under various flood watches through the weekend….


P-Rob
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I did bag it. It’s funny that not only did I bag it but I am car-sitting this weekend and cant think of what I really want to do with it. I will probably take one of the bikes to the shop on my way to buy bulk quantities of something like steak. It would be sad if I just drove to Thick.


P-Rob
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@sloaps – actually I can do that. I would be up for leaving town Friday night after work to get some miles in. It is about 150 miles to Cumberland from the Garden of Esplen. I am up for covering 100+ on Saturday too, wherein we ride back north and maybe end in Rockwood the same day – climbing back up the continental divide. That is sick, but what the heck right?

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