I recently was able to complete an ultra cool bike camping trip and before, during, and after the trip I thought about cataloging a bit of it on Bike Hacks. So this post kicks off a series of entries on my experience. Maybe some of the posts will inspire some to consider bike camping, and perhaps some readers that have bike camping experience of their own will contribute as well.
The trip I took followed the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, with me starting at the Washington, D.C. end. The old old tow path along the defunct canal is a National Historic Park and is appealing for many reasons –
- Motor vehicles are not allowed
- Camp sites are mostly free and located right on the path
- There are lots of places along the way to stock up on important supplies (read “beer") so you are not forced to carry everything you might want to enjoy on your trip.
An awesome resource is Bike Washington’s Bicycling Guide. The site has lots of great resources, like this overview map:
The tow path stretches 184 miles from D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland and thankfully some wise folks expended the effort to extend the possibilities by linking the tow path to the The Great Allegheny Passage - a sister path that extends all the way to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By linking the two paths together, you can get 320 miles of car free and carefree riding.
More details on the process and experience to come . . .