My road bike is having its rear wheel rebuilt – actually, the Trek rear wheel is sitting around waiting for the supply chain to deliver spokes to the bike shop that will eventually re-build the wheel. So, I’ve been riding my Jamis gravel/light touring bike and doing some local rides with more mixed surfaces.
The weather in the DMV (District of Columbia/Maryland/Virgina) area has changed from hot and oppressive to cool and breezy. On this day, the remnants of hurricane Sally were passing to the south and there was a 20 MPH wind from the NNW whipping up the waves on the Chesapeake Bay as viewed from Sandy Point State Park at the midpoint of a 35 mile loop that starts on the Baltimore Annapolis Rail Trail.
Over the weekend, I did a 50 mile out and back on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, from Point of Rocks to Antietam MD and back. This entire stretch has been resurfaced over the past two years, going from rutted/pot-holed dirt to very smooth crushed stone with only a few washboard spots.
The picture above is from a temporary wooden bridge over Little Catoctin Creek, showing the stone bridge that carried the towpath over the creek until rainstorms washed it out in 2018. For while, you had to splash through the creek, walk on the active rail road tracks, or try for a shuttle service that volunteers operated.
I’ve been biking on the Towpath since I moved to MD in 1978 – it is a 184 mile long gem, unless we have gotten a lot of recent rain. Gets a bit crowded around the more touristy points, like Great Falls and Harpers Ferry, but always thins out quickly. I’m looking forward to getting my road bike back but always fun to exchange shouting out “on your left” for cars and trucks zooming by my left ear.