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rangelinenaturepreserve

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Pittsburgh to Washington DC via Mountain Bike
« on: October 15, 2014, 06:09:56 PM »
We rode our mountain bikes from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington DC.  We started downtown Pittsburgh on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and rode southeast to Mile 0 in Cumberland, MD (backwards according to the mile markers).  The trail follows the scenic Youghiogheny and Casselman rivers.  We then picked up the end of the C&O Canal Towpath (in Cumberland) and followed the Potomac River to mile 0 in Georgetown, Washington DC (backwards again per the mile markers).  There were so many great sites to see along the way.  It was truly a beautiful ride full of history.  Hope you enjoy the video.
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Re: Pittsburgh to Washington DC via Mountain Bike
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2014, 05:58:14 AM »
Wow!!!  Now I regret not going. Looks like a Beautiful ride.

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Re: Pittsburgh to Washington DC via Mountain Bike
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2014, 08:20:30 AM »
Didn't watch it all but what I saw looked nice!

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Re: Pittsburgh to Washington DC via Mountain Bike
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2014, 12:45:55 PM »
cool trip.  I've had my eyes on that ride for awhile now.  I'd love to do that ride.

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Re: Pittsburgh to Washington DC via Mountain Bike
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2014, 01:56:25 PM »
Sounds fun.  How long did you take to do it?

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Re: Pittsburgh to Washington DC via Mountain Bike
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2014, 05:50:35 PM »
a few years back I did the c@o canal from Washington to Cumberland.  it is very cool indeed, lots of history. my trip was done in three days.  stops in harpers ferry, hancock for the night.  185 miles.   so how was the grade on the Allegany going east? I hear the last 20 miles(frostburg area) is no pedaling.

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Re: Pittsburgh to Washington DC via Mountain Bike
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2014, 02:16:14 PM »
 Great video, that looks like it would be a lot of fun!!

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Re: Pittsburgh to Washington DC via Mountain Bike
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2014, 02:39:12 PM »
Very cool trip indeed.  I know a couple of other Hoosiers were out doing the ride at the same time, except they started in DC and headed west.  You guys may have passed on the trail!  They mostly camped, but said there was a very cool bike shop/hotel about along the way that they stayed at.  Sounds like a trip for my bucket list! 

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Re: Pittsburgh to Washington DC via Mountain Bike
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2014, 04:51:49 PM »
Sounds fun.  How long did you take to do it?

We planned 6 days.  Lots of photo ops.  I'm sure we could do it in 4 now that we've seen it and wouldn't need to stop as often.
« Last Edit: October 20, 2014, 04:53:55 PM by rangelinenaturepreserve »
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Re: Pittsburgh to Washington DC via Mountain Bike
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2014, 05:05:52 PM »
so how was the grade on the Allegany going east? I hear the last 20 miles(frostburg area) is no pedaling.

It's a 25 mile downhill from the Continental Divde to Cumberland.  About 16 of it is no pedaling.  Strava says max speed 28.6.  That's on a loaded down mtbike.  Faster than I wanted to go under those conditions.
« Last Edit: November 02, 2014, 07:58:36 PM by rangelinenaturepreserve »
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Re: Pittsburgh to Washington DC via Mountain Bike
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2014, 01:11:31 PM »
Just took the time to watch your video, RNP.  Nicely done, looks like a nice trip indeed!

 

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