Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Bike Trip/Day #2:

We woke up at around 6:30 and hit the trail at approximately 7:00 A.M. You know what they say about the early bird getting the worm…well in this case it was the early frog hitting the trail!

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Day #2 began when we rode through this gate in Hancock, Maryland.

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We hadn’t gone far when I heard Candee yell, “Tree down!”

I poked my head up and saw that a tree had been knocked over and was blocking the trail.

Fortunately it wasn’t too difficult to get around. Candee pushed her bike through the thin branches and I hopped right over the top! This was the only tree blocking the path for the entire length of the trail.

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We sang this song quite a bit on day #2…

“On the road again
Just can’t wait to get on the road again
The life I love is makin’ music with my friends
And I can’t wait to get on the road again
On the road again
Goin’ places that I’ve never been
Seein’ things that I may never see again,
And I can’t wait to get on the road again.”
~Willie Nelson~

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We took a rest break at Dam 5…I loved it there…very peaceful.

Candee took a little catnap while I watched a family fishing in the river.(I love to people watch!)

They didn’t have much luck and I could tell the boys were disappointed. They came up to where I was sitting and chatted with me a bit. They were very friendly and we had fun swapping jokes.

Travel Frog Joke #3:
What does a frog say when it sees something great?
~That’s ‘Toad’ally Awesome!~

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We stopped for lunch at Cushwa Basin, Williamsport, Maryland

It’s very close to where we live and I’ve been here before. We’ve fished here, taken long walks, and it was the starting place for many of our bike rides.

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This was the LEAST favorite part of our trip…the five mile detour!

Years ago, part of the towpath was washed out and it has never been repaired.

The detour was very hilly and we hit it at the warmest part of the day.Yuck! Not very enjoyable, but we did it.

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Dam 4 was our reward! As soon as we came back onto the trail, this is what we saw. It looked and sounded beautiful. We got off our bikes and went to the edge of the river for a better look. We cooled off by pouring bottles of river water over our heads…Wow, that sure felt good!

Another day on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal came to a close when we got to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. We rode close to 69 miles on Day #2. What a fantastic day!

Read all about Day #1 on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
Don’t stop reading! Day #3 on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was fun!

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One Response to “Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Day #2”

  1. Can you tell a bit more about why the detour is so bad?