Sunday, 16 August 2015
Marble Quarry Campsite, MD to Washington, DC
40.4 miles, 3h41m, 11.0 mph
Elapsed Time: 4h57m, Max speed: 22.5mph
Total mileage: 193.0
Sunday morning was all about finding breakfast. It was only a
couple miles to White's Ferry, but the store was not open
when we arrived. There was no sign of when the store might open.
We knew the store would open because the other guys
at the campsite said it was open on Saturday. So we waited until
8am and when moved on to the next unreliable store at Seneca
Which was also closed. It looked like it would open sometime, but
not while we were standing there.
In the meantime, we met up with Deb and Fu--who had ridden up from
DC separately and had met up just before they met us. Fu said he
some fruit bars. In fact, he had a couple boxes of fruit bars. So
I had one.
You may remember Fu from such rides as the 2010 C&O Canal
tour. He figured he could handle a day of towpath this year--but
not three days.
Huh. Todd wore glasses on Sunday. This is the only photo I took of
all five of us...if you count my right shoulder as me.
We ate lunch at Great Falls--brunch really. Hot dogs and such.
Much like the first C&O back in '95.
We battled our way through the congested area around Great Falls,
then on to the pretty part. This was also a detour back in the
Now there are people doing this. I can't imagine the back pain
involved in this activity. Is this fun?
We had fairly good weather all weekend. A little hotter than was
strictly necessary. But no rain.
The second best weather ever for one of these rides. Only because
last time's weather was spot on perfect.
The first serious mechanical problem. (Todd had been dropping gear
all weekend, but this is the first time the mitigation involved
more than picking something up off the ground and playing with
bungy cords.) Todd's tire was going soft. We tried the old, "Yeah,
there's still quite a bit of air in there," but he wasn't buying
it. We stopped a couple times--using my pump and then one of Deb's
CO2 cartridges. In the end, he rode home on the deflating
tire...as was only right. You gotta be shedding parts on the way
finish of a 190 mile ride.
We ran into Linda about 3 seconds after she texted me asking where
we were. I almost rode by because I was trying to reply to the
So, we posed for a picture. Fu got out of it somehow.
A few minutes later we gathered at milepost 0. Was it ironic that
I wore my Oscar jersey in a trash-free park.
Anyway, this is the official finishing photo.
Then we took another photo with the posers...umm...escort riders.
Then we moved over to the parking lot for an illegal cold beer and
the load out.
We'll do it again in 2020.
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