Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trip – Day 3
Trip Start Jul 28, 2013
7Trip End Aug 03, 2013
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Our plan for day 3 was to ride from Hancock to Cumberland, MD – only 61 miles after 2 days of riding 70 miles. Because there were no campgrounds located in Cumberland, we decided to use Marriott points to stay at a Fairfield in right at the end of the C&O towpath. This was a great motivator for the girls, especially the free breakfast!
The most exciting part of the ride was passing through the Paw Paw Tunnel, which is over 1 mile long. It has an amazing history – construction began in 1836, and was only completed 14 years later in 1850, largely by Irish immigrants, many of whom lost their lives setting dynamite and carrying out the rubble in buckets. It was pretty amazing to ride through it.
Along the ride we also spoke with several people who warned us about the steep climb we would face tomorrow heading up to the Eastern Divide – the highest point on our trip at 2400 feet. I was not too worried about it, but the discussions frightened Emma in particular. She is doing great on the ride, but the talk about it getting harder really scared her. I told her that I was proud of her and that she could ride with Mom if she wanted to, and she quickly decided that she would continue to ride!
Arriving in Cumberland was significant because it marked the end of the 185 mile C&O towpath, and marked the start of the 150 mile Allegheny Passage. We celebrated in Cumberland with a dinner at the Crabby Pig – unfortunately out waitress was actually quite crabby and the food was not the best!