LTC Al Woltz (ahwoltz@CBDCOM.APGEA.ARMY.MIL)
Sun, 22 Sep 1996 23:32:33 EDT
Happy Autumn Scouters. I am planning to take my small troop (eight boys all
under the age of 14) on a bike hike down part of the C&O Canal towpath later
next month. Our initial plans are to drive to some location along the canal
on Friday 18 October, camp overnight, and then bike along the towpath on
Saturday. Our only planned stops are for lunch and hike conclusion. Other
stops are doable depending on what sites might be in store for us.
Here's where I need your help. I haven't ridden a bike along the towpath for
at least 30 years. Can anyone of you veteran bike hikers provide
recommendations for any of the following questions?
1) A place to camp Friday night and subsequently start the hike?
2) A place to meet a "chase vehicle" for lunch?
3) A suitable place to meet our transportation for the trip home?
4) Any nice to see places along the path?
5) A recommended direction (Toward Washington or toward Cumberland)? I
plan to go "downstream" toward DC, but I'm always open for suggestions.
I understand that part of the towpath has been closed due to floodings. Can
anyone give me some specifics. I am planning on a one-day trip of about 30
miles. Is that too ambitious or too short? Most of the boys have not had
much experience in distance riding, but they (the boys - this is a boy-run
program, right) said that they'd have NO problem. Frankly, I'd like to take a
fishing pole along and let the trip only go about 10 miles, but my vote
doesn't count too much ;-)
As mentioned above, I'm open to any suggestions, criticisms, etc.
See ya on the trail,
Scoutmaster, Troop 292
Baltimore Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City