Took the mega bus to DC with Casey and met up with Justin and Lauren who drove done in the u-haul with our bikes. Ben also met up with us at the u-haul place. We biked through the city to get to our meet up spot but ended up going a little further (biking an extra 4 miles). Due to running behind we ended up heading on to meet up with the rest of the group at camp (Casey’s parents: Caryn and Kip; Eric and his dad Rich and his daughter Abby).
Great Falls – skipped this stop to make up time but ended up passing the group we were meeting up with at camp because they stopped there lol
White’s Ferry – usually stop here to get a breakfast snack but due to a previous flood they were closed
Brunswick – lunch time here at Beans in the Belfry. Ate so much food! Had a veggie pannini with 2 smoothies and some oatmeal
Harpers Ferry – root beer floats! And this year we doddled for like 2 or so hours and were able to take a little nap plus walk around a bit in the town. (http://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm)
I took the long route this year, adding an extra 8 miles to the biking before breakfast. The ride was really pretty along new Slackwater c/o canal part. (http://www.nps.gov/choh/parknews/c-and-o-canal-big-slackwater-bridge-replacement.htm)
Breakfast at the Waffle House
Dinner at Bill’s in Little Orleans
Today is the “death march” day followed by 17 miles of uphill on a 1% incline grade
Paw Paw tunnel
Mechanical problems on the march: hear some clanging from the back of my bike turned out to be my rack. A bolt on the right side of my rack had been sheared off and was rattling around. Casey was able to fix it enough with some string.
Then one of our “sweepers” (strong biker who stays in the back to make sure everything and everyone is okay and together) aka mechanic (carries all the tools) Justin came up and we reinforced it with a hose clamp. Started peddling, still heard weird noises, turned out to be my back fender. Ended up having to take off the fender which required taking all the things off. We had to remove the rack that we had just fixed, take off my bike tire then final remove the fender and put it all back together again.
Cumberland – yummy lunch at the Crabby Pig and was able to get my bike properly fixed at the bike shop. After finished eating, took our tradition mule pic then started the on conquering the hill to Frostburg.
Fortunately there was only one storm that hit and we only had to ride through it for about 4 miles. Though there was quite a bit of debris (trees and branches) along the trail and rail tracks we had to either remove or go around.
Frostburg – made it! Real showers, laundry time and got to sleep in a real bed (which was great because I hadn’t slept in three days).
We finished the rest of the hill and crossed the Mason Dixon line as well as the Continental Divide.
Meyersdale – I was the first one here! 9 miles all downhill
Day 6: Woot our last day!