10 Questions: Bike Touring America’s C&O Canal Trail
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal is a 185-mile long bicycle path that traces the Potomac River, between Washington, DC and Cumberland, Maryland.
It’s one of America’s most famous, best-established bicycle paths and in this edition of 10 Questions Eric & Elaine Henderson tell us about their experience riding the C&O Trail.
Eric & Elaine live in a rural area of northern Maine and aren’t city people, so their bike tour along the C&O Trail was their first bicycle adventure in a heavily populated section of the United States.
1. What attracted you to the C&O Trail?
We first came across the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) canal trail in 1973, while traveling across the country after college. We read about the tunnels and bridges and decided that a ride through history would make for an exciting adventure but we wanted to have a trip over 1,000km and the C&O was only 300km. With a little research, we finally put the trip together to include several trails: the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail, C&O trail, Washington & Old Dominion trail, Pen Pike to Bike trail, and the Mount Vernon Trail for the summer of 2010.