Day 2 and 3: Medina to Palmyra to Waterloo – A flat, a fall, and a bike failure…and it was still terrific

So day two of our Empire State Trail trip started at the Bunkhaus Hostel where we did actually sleep in bunks, and it was in a great location, about half a mile from the canal bike path and a block from Main Street. We got up and made coffee and carried our bikes into the … Continue reading Day 2 and 3: Medina to Palmyra to Waterloo – A flat, a fall, and a bike failure…and it was still terrific

Transitions and Confluences: Six remarkable weeks, and Iowa

This will be a different kind of post, inspired not entirely by bike adventures but by our life generally since we returned from the DC trip. Sometimes, confluences are the coming together of a lot of life experiences, and in our case, these have come quickly in the last six weeks. I do guarantee some … Continue reading Transitions and Confluences: Six remarkable weeks, and Iowa

Day Twenty One: Harpers Ferry to Washington, D.C.: End of the C&O canal, and the best day

So Dan may have glossed over the fact that our hotel in Harpers Ferry was outside of town on the highway...and getting there was a several mile uphill ride with water cascading down a culvert on a slanted shoulder with trucks going 75 mph just inches away. But anyway. We got up early and set … Continue reading Day Twenty One: Harpers Ferry to Washington, D.C.: End of the C&O canal, and the best day

Day Nineteen: Cumberland to Lockhouse 49 on the C&O Canal towpath: Muddy day ending in beauty

Leaving Cumberland The last 25 miles into Cumberland were so glorious, I think I wanted to stay there longer. But the truth is, we have little time after we arrive somewhere, and unpack, take showers, figure out dinner, wash clothes every few days, and, hopefully, work on the account of the day. We have been … Continue reading Day Nineteen: Cumberland to Lockhouse 49 on the C&O Canal towpath: Muddy day ending in beauty

Day Seventeen: Pittsburgh, PA to Ohiopyle, PA: Onto to the GAP and the YOCK- A – GAINY

We got a good start today from our nice little Air BnB in the Deutschtown neighborhood in Pittsburgh, riding down rain wet streets and across the Andy Warhol Bridge and through downtown to the Great Allegheny Passage trail, which runs about 150 miles to Cumberland, MD. We left Pittsburgh along the Monongahela River but then … Continue reading Day Seventeen: Pittsburgh, PA to Ohiopyle, PA: Onto to the GAP and the YOCK- A – GAINY