We rode 370 miles, through 4 states on our bikes, and it was fun. Yes, you read the last sentence correctly. My 15-year-old daughter Katie and I pedaled the GAP and C&O Towpath Trails all the way from Pittsburgh, PA to our nation’s capital. Would I do it again? Yes, absolutely. Would Katie? Yes, for sure.
The hardest part? The sore butt. The best part, the scenery and amazing friends we made. Fifteen of us rode with the Yockotomac Trek (Facebook Group) this year. Katie and I spent our days enjoying the scenery and wandering around each town that we passed. We received history lessons from Paw Paw John and rope swing Tarzan techniques from Bill. Katie enjoyed cooling off in the river as much as she could. When we finally made it in for the day, if our bed and breakfast or hotel had a piano, Katie played as soon as she got off the bike.
The most challenging day had to be leaving Cumberland Maryland. My bike had skinny tires, and the C&O Canal trail is rocky and narrow through this section. The Paw Paw Tunnel was closed and the weather that day was in the 90’s and sunny. We had to walk our bikes up over the tunnel, and my clip-in shoes had no tread which made the trek quite an adventure.
The bike ride was an extra special treat for me. I am on the home stretch of finishing my first novel which takes place along the trail. I strapped my dictaphone to the handlebars and I was able to take a lot of notes along the way. For more information on my upcoming novel, please visit and follow www.selahgray.com
Photographs and video from each day: