Cycling the C&O and GAP Trails: Day 2, Brunswick to Fredricks State Park

Today’s Distance: 64 miles Total Distance: 122 miles First, let me talk about last night. The camp ground I stayed at last night was right next to a train track. When trains fly by at about 100 yards away from a person in a tent, it wakes you up no matter how tired you are. […]

Cycling the C&O and GAP Trails: Day 1, DC to Brunswick Family Camp Ground

Today’s Distance – 58 miles Total Distance 58 miles It feels so good to be back on a bike trip. 🙂 I read a lot about how hard it was to find the mile zero mile post for the start of the C&O path and they weren’t kidding. I even studied the google map in […]

Cycling the C&O and GAP Trails: Gear List

This is 95% the same as the my gear list for the Natchez Trace. My Surly Disc Trucker Ortlieb Back-Roller Plus panniers Ortlieb Front-Roller Plus panniers Ortlieb Ultimate 6 M Plus handlebar bag with map case Camping Kelty TrailLogic TN2 Tent Big Agnes 30+ Sleeping bag Exped SynMat 7 M Packable camp pillow Kitchen JetBoil […]

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

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, […]

Cycling the Natchez Trace: Day 7, Meriwether-Lewis to Nashville

Distance Today – 69 miles Total Distance – 490 Whew. This was the hardest day of hills of the whole trip, hands down. The Strava track isn’t exactly right as I paused it then rode for a while without restarting it… you can see this section by the straight line if you zoom in on […]

Cycling the Natchez Trace: Day 6, Colbert Ferry to Meriwether-Lewis

(Editors note: Because of poor cell service, I wasn’t able to upload this at the end of day 6 – it was actually uploaded at the end of day 7.) Distance Today – 64 miles Total Distance – 421 miles I never did see the fellow bicycle camper at Colbert Ferry. I got up, fixed […]