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Cumberland 

To Mile -0-

A Three-Day
Bike Ride

A RadMarathon Down 185 miles of the historic C&O Canal gravel-bedded tow path, and the Western Maryland Rail Trail, from Cumberland, MD, to "Mile -0-" in Georgetown, Washington, DC.

The Historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

Beginning in Cumberland, Maryland, follow the C&O Canal Tow Path along its 185 mile course south to its terminus at Georgetown, Washington, DC, Mile -0-. Along the way, take in historic landmarks, quaint towns and villages, and the scenic countryside. It's sure to be an unforgettable experience. 

Ride starts at 620 feet elevation and ends at 16 feet elevation, with a gentle and consistent downhill grade for the entire distance. See video of Canal Tow Path HERE (4:48).

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Dates,  Travel Plan,
Sunup, Sunset

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When Is this Happening?

Days & Dates: Tuesday-Friday, 28-31 May 2024.

Rain Days & Dates: Tuesday-Friday, 25-28 June 2024.

The Light of Day: Sunup and Sunset

Tuesday, May 28: Sunup 5:50AM, Sunset 8.34PM

Wednesday, May 29: Sunup 5:50AM, Sunset 8.35PM

Thursday, May 30: Sunup 5:49AM, Sunset 8.35PM

Friday, May 31: Sunup 5:49AM, Sunset 8.36PM

Pre-Ride / Getting There

  1. 4:05PM, Depart Union Station, Washington, DC, aboard the AMTRAK Capital Limited. Visit AMTRAK.

  2. 7:17PM, Arrive at AMTRAK Cumberland Station, Cumberland, Maryland.

  3. Cost for the train trip, coach, is from $28 per person. 

  4. Cost for bicycle transport is $20.

Day 3 / Getting Back

  1. From Mile 0, C&O Canal Towpath, 2900 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037, make your way to the METRO Station at Foggy Bottom-GWU, 2301 I St NW, Washington, DC.

  2. Ride METRO to anywhere you need to go.

Lodging: 
3-Night Plan

Night 1 / Cumberland, MD

Ramada by Wyndham Cumberland Downtown***

100 S George St, Cumberland, MD 21502

(301) 660-3856

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Approximately $70 per night, plus taxes

Night 2 / Hancock, MD

Super 8 by Wyndham Hancock MD

118 Limestone Rd, Hancock, MD 21750

Website

(301) 678-9717

Approximately $67 per night, plus taxes

Night 3 / Vic. Harper's Ferry, WV

Quality Inn

25 Union St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

(304) 521 4710

Website

Approximately $81 per night, plus taxes

Food Along
The Route

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1 / Dinner - Night Before the Ride

Uncle Jack's Pizzeria & Pub

20 S Mechanic St, Cumberland, MD 21502, Cumberland, MD

Open Late!

Day 1 / Breakfast 
Day 1 / Lunch

Bill's Place

12719 High Germany Road , Little Orleans, MD 21766

Day 1 / Dinner

Buddy Lou's Eats, Drinks & Antiques

11 E Main Street, Hancock, MD 21750

Day 2 / Breakfast

Hardee's

42 E Main St, Hancock, MD 21750

Day 2 / Lunch

Lotus Moon Cafe

16 N Conococheague St, Williamsport, MD 21795

(Reached via the W Salisbury Street Bridge)

Day 2 / Afternoon Espresso Break

Lost Dog Coffee Fine Arts Drink Emporium

134 E German St, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

(Closes at 4PM)

Day 2 / Dinner

Snallygaster's Cafe and Wine Bar

1102 Washington St, Bolivar, WV 25425

Menu

Make a Reservation at info.snallygasters@gmail.com
Telephone 304-707-6129

Day 3 / Breakfast

Battle Grounds Bakery & Coffee

180 High St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Day 3 / Lunch

White's Ferry Store & Grill

24801 Whites Ferry Rd, Dickerson, MD 20842

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Checklist of
Supplies & Equipment

  • 700x32 or larger gravel tires

  • 2 or 3 spare tubes with correct-length stems

  • "Bacon Strips" for tubeless tires

  • Multi-tool and tire kit

  • CO2 cartridges (2-3)

  • Cellular telephone

  • Cellular telephone power supply

  • Cellular telephone charger

  • Bike Computer (fully-charged)

  • Hydration tablets

  • Water Bottles (2 minimum) with plastic bags and rubber bands to cover tops

  • Tail Light (fully-charged)

  • Headlamp for Paw Paw Tunnel, etc.

  • 2000 Calories' worth of power bars

  • Money/Credit Card(s)

  • SPF 50 Sun Screen

  • Chapstick

  • Disposable Toothbrush and Toothpaste

  • Towelettes 

  • Plastic "snack" storage bags

  • Disposable paper or plastic carry bag

  • Disposable $1 Walmart flip flops

  • Super Glue

  • Pocket Knife

  • Zip Ties

  • Bits and Bobs

  • Apidura Expedition 9L Saddle Pack $162

  • Apidura Expedition 5.3L Frame Pack $126

  • Apidura Expedition 9L Handlebar Pack $132

  • Apidura Expedition 1L Top Tube Pack $64

Getting Pumped

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Places along the route for emergency air

  1. Wheelzup at Canal Place, Cumberland, MD

  2. C&O Bicycle Repair Shop, Hancock, MD

  3. Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle, Shepherdstown, MD

  4. Harpers Ferry Bikes, Harpers Ferry, WV

  5. Harpers Ferry Hike and Bike Supplies, Harpers Ferry, WV

Towns, Rest Areas, Food Stops & Waypoints

  • START - Williamsport, Maryland

  • MILE 16.6 - Big Slackwater Public Restrooms

  • MILE 22.3 - Horseshoe Bend Campsite Restroom

  • MILE 26.6 - Killiansburg Cave Campsite Restroom

  • MILE 29 - Ferry Hill, Shepherdstown, West Virginia + ++

  • MILE 32.3 - Antietam Creek Campground Portable Toilets

  • MILE 39.2 - Huckleberry Hill Hiker Biker Campground Restroom

  • MILE 41 - Goodloe Byron Memorial Footbridge, Harpers Ferry West Virginia +

  • MILE 47 - Brunswick, Maryland + ++

  • MILE 52.1 - Bald Eagle Hiker Camper Campsite Restroom

  • MILE 54 - Point of Rocks, Maryland +

  • MILE 64.4 - Marble Quarry Campsite Restroom

  • MILE 66 - Historic Whites Ferry and Whites Ferry Store & Grill, vic. Dickerson, Maryland+

  • MILE 67.7 - Turtle Run Hiker Biker Campsite Restroom

  • MILE 76.5 - Horsepen Branch Hiker Biker Campsite Restroom

  • MILE 85.9 - Swains Lock Hiker Biker Campsite Restroom

  • MILE 90.2 - Footbridge to Old Anglers Inn, Macarthur Boulevard, Washington, DC +

  • MILE 99.6- Fletchers Boathouse Restrooms

  • MILE 102 - Alexandria Aqueduct Footbridge

  • MILE 102.7 - RIGHT onto Rock Creek Trail

  • MILE 102.9 - RIGHT 

  • MILE 103 - LEFT

  • MILE 103.1 - FINISH at "Mile -0-" Cenotaph

  • Go to car at Colonial Parking garage at 901 30th St NW, Washington, DC 20007

+ Restaurants & Restrooms

++ Bike Shop

Get in Touch

If you're interested in joining this ride, drop me a line. 

Todd Ross

410-490-1915 Mobile/SMS

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