Cycling the C&O and GAP Trails: Anxious, pre-trip jitters

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Tank Bicycle after her pre-trip tune up.

I just realized that I’m leaving on my bike trip next week. I’ve done very little planning up until today. I went by REI and picked up most of the supplies I needed. Those supplies included some freeze dried food for breakfast and dinner but also a few shirts and a couple pair of socks, gu and trail mix. I just today had Tank Bicycle tuned up.

The original plan was to rent a car one way and just carry my bike myself. This morning I went about reserving my car only to realize that renting a car one way is much more expensive than I was expecting. One way from Nashville to DC was $375. Safe to assume that it would be comparable to rent a car one way from Pittsburgh to Nashville so you’re looking at about $800 after gas. 😐

So now I’m onto plan B. I’m taking Greyhound from Nashville to DC and having my bike shipped to a bike shop in DC. The ticket to DC was $65 and it’s going to cost about $60 to ship the bike and another $100 to have it assembled by the bike shop there so that’s $225 for one leg. If we assume a comparable amount for the return leg, we’re looking at $450 round trip. The real question boils down to this: Is having to deal with a Greyhound bus trip worth $350? I’ll report back my findings.

Either way, I still feel like this is going to be a good, learning experience for future trips because I can’t see myself ever driving out the the west coast for instance. I’ll need to know how to ship my bike, etc and now is a good as time to learn as any.

I spent some time today planning and scheduling everything so I’m feeling better than I was this morning when I was nearly having a panic attack about my lack of planning. Bus tickets purchased. Rooms reserved. Phone calls to the bike shops made. Gear post coming in the next couple days!

One thought on “Cycling the C&O and GAP Trails: Anxious, pre-trip jitters”

  1. Michael, I am wishing you the very best of luck and I can not wait to read your updates from the road, I truly got excited for you when Jen told me 🙂

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