CO GAP 2017

CO GAP

Introducing CO GAP 2017

I have been working on this for a month or so, it’s time to declare my first bike tour adventure! I am going for CO GAP 2017, riding the C&O Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage bike route.

What is the C&O Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage?

The 184.5 mile long  C&O Canal Towpath Trail is located along the north bank of the  Potomac River, starting in Washington, DC and ending in Cumberland, MD.

The 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage connects with the 184.5-mile C&0 Canal Towpath at Cumberland, MD to create a 334.5-mile route between Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, free from traffic and motorized vehicles

The Plan

Start in Washington DC and bike to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  This will be a combination of camping and hotel rooms by me. This is a solo effort in August.

The Why

I needed a BHAG for 2017. My first thought was a century bike ride. Then I thought of riding the GAP, from Cumberland to Pittsburgh. Then I thought, why not go for the full distance, DC to PGH.

CO GAP 2017

What I Need to Learn

Goodness, this will be a long list!

  • More time in the saddle
  • Bike camping
  • Bike mechanics
  • Packing for a bike/camping trip
  • More time in the saddle

I can break these all down into smaller components. I’ve begun assembling what I need, bit by bit.I hope to bring you along as you see how I learn to get ready for my first bike touring adventure.

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