Tour Journal: Social Distancing on the C&O Towpath
This was a no-contact, self-supported, self-contained ride of the C&O that didn’t stick to plan, had a low point or two, and if I’m being honest probably won’t end up on my list of all time tours… but I have to wonder if it won’t be amongst the most memorable.
Check out Pedalshift 199 for the initial plan (spoiler: I did not stick to it), Pedalshift 200 for Day 1, and Pedalshift 201 for Day 2.
This covers my third day riding the C&O on my no-contact, self-supported, self-contained ride. A few things I want to mention at the top of the show:
At the time I was on the C&O, the campsites were officially open even though the water pumps and bathrooms were all closed (indeed strapped shut!). Since then, the Park Service has closed the campsites. Please do not camp the C&O until that closure has been lifted. I know I will not.
As I sit here toward the middle end of April, there’s a lot of mixed messages I’m receiving on what 2020 feels like for bike touring. I know the pod will continue and I have some older tour journals that have never been featured on the pod. So one way or the other, you’re stuck with listening to me talk bike touring! Next week… takeaways and thoughts on bike touring this spring, this summer and beyond
Statistics – Day 3
Miles ridden 64
Functional water fountains in Brunswick, MD 0
Functional vending machines in Whites Ferry, MD 1
Road routes considered then rejected 1
Slow leaks 1