Sunday, November 23, 2008

Autumn Bike Trip. Day 3

IMGP4096 IMGP4085 IMGP4067 IMGP4078IMGP4074 IMGP4070
On Sunday night we rolled into Cumberland, MD. The logistics of getting into town, grabbing dinner and supplies and heading down the trail 10 more miles were a bit iffy- and we were fighting the time change, so we got a hotel room. "Cumberland was a key road, railroad and canal junction during the 1800s and at one time the second largest city in Maryland (second to the port city of Baltimore--hence its nickname "The Queen City"). The surrounding hillsides provided coal, iron ore, and timber that helped supply the Industrial Revolution. In addition, the city was a major manufacturing center, with industries in glass, breweries, fabrics, and tinplate." The town has a noticable impact from the trail- the Allegheny Passage ends here and the C & O Canal begins. There is a large visitor's center, new shops, etc. But, it is the off-season and a Sunday night, so we were able to grab a few items from the bike shop (I think I ate 2 pounds of the leftover Halloween candy they offered us) and had snacks at the one restaurant (the Crabby Pig). While wandering around in the evening we noticed a bulk foods & deli shop so we planned to leave a bit later in the morning to get some supplies from there.
Heading out- the C&O Canal is maintained by a different organization than the passage and the conditions are MUCH different. The towpath is about the same as when the mules drug the boats up the canal.
Click to continue on day three / back to 2


Post a Comment

If you would like to be notified by email when I (or anyone else) replies to your comment please click the 'Subscribe by email' link under this comment box.