Today was just a Scenic Day on the trail, starting at 100, ending past 150.
Along the way:
Pretty trail… and most important… the rain has held off
Hancock, MD (where I got my front tire trued up after some stump encounter)
Healthy lunch on the trail
After 10 miles of isolated trail I pulled into a nice campground area along the Potomac, and Bruce rode out of the woods 5 min later, working against a slow leak in his back tire.
You have to believe in Providence when our only flat thus far presents itself a half mile from a beautiful campground with a picnic table to work on… and an adventure biking tour company van pulls into the parking lot 15 min later – with a full assortment of tools and tire pumps!
The canal company decided to drill 3000 feet through the mountain at this point, creating the Paw Paw Tunnel
There’s Bruce and David on top
Almost out. The tunnel proved to be a poor bet for the canal company. They were losing the race of time against the railway which was also following a similar route and bidding to win their customers. The estimate of 2 years to construct turned into 14 years, costing the C&O a lot of revenue for this section of the river.
Pulling into PawPaw
We arrived in Paw Paw WV, met Scott and Carol who own the Wrenwood Inn, bought a six-pack, and sat on the porch, listening to Scott’s stories about the town, the apple orchard business that (literally) went under with a flood in the 1930s, and his grandfather’s childhood memories of the circus coming to town on the train, including a bear that could be wrestled with. The same circus used to come to Paw Paw on canal boats.
This may be a small town, but they’re well represented in the beer department at the Liberty gas station/ convenience store:
Before dinner we went across the street and harvested paw paws in front of the post office. Banana-avocado is close to describing the flavor.
Highlights: 4 deer, 3 turtles, 1 woodchuck, no snakes
Beer of the day: Yuengling Black and Tan, in Paw Paw, WV
Stats: 59.9 trail miles, one tunnel, 1 flat tire.