VIDEO: Riding the C&O Canal Towpath Trail including the Amtrak Auto Train & Washington DC – Part One

Beginning on the afternoon of Friday, October 5th, 2018, JOM of the Gravel Cyclist crew embarked on a new journey as follows:

  1. Ride the Amtrak Auto Train with his car from Sanford, Florida to Lorton, Virginia, which is on the outskirts of Washington, D.C.
  2. Poke around Annapolis, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
  3. The C&O Canal Towpath Adventure – Day 1 would see JOM and his mate Ed ride from Washington, D.C. to Williamsport, Maryland.

Rest of the journey coming in Part Two!

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8 comments on “VIDEO: Riding the C&O Canal Towpath Trail including the Amtrak Auto Train & Washington DC – Part One

  1. Looking forward to this. Believe it or not, I live just a couple miles from the tow path, road OVER it last week, but have never ridden on it. I know terrible.

    1. Haha I know how that goes. There are all of these amazing gravel roads in my hometown in Australia, and I didn’t ride a single one of them when I was living there!!!

    1. Now that is an impressive effort! Did you detour around the section of C&O that was blitzed about 15 miles south of Williamsport? It is just south of the concrete path. In my video, you can see it was muddy as hell in some parts, and difficult riding 700c x 35’s.

  2. Great video looking forward to part 2. I’ve ridden the GAP/C&O from Pittsburgh to DC, love that ride would like to do it again next spring if the C&O is cleaned up by then. Great towns to stop in for lodging and food very cycling friendly although you really have to plan ahead for water on the C&O as it is limited. Great Falls is one my favorite stops along with the eastern continental divide and the Mason Dixon Line very historic.

  3. Stay in Bethesda every year and do stretch of the C&O and also hike the trails in the Great Falls area. There is a nice gravel path leading from Chevy Chase all the way to the river. Nice video.

  4. JOM and others,

    A group of us road C&O & GAP in late May (Memorial Weekend) from DC to Pitt, there were a couple of stretches of the C&O after Harper’s Ferry that were washed out and/or underwater. As a matter of fact, the day after we left Harper’s Ferry, that section was under water too. Is that still the case?

    Thanks for any update since we’re planning to do it again before the end of fall.

    1. Hey Michael, there definitely was a washed out bridge on the C&O not far from Harper’s Ferry that requires an 8-mile detour. The bridge parallels a railway line. Now, I didn’t take the detour as I was crunched a bit for time on day one, so I got creative and got around the problem of the bridge out… the water below was totally hike-a-bikeable provided you don’t mind getting wading a bit, maybe up to your knees?, or you can take another route… I’ll leave it up to you to figure out…

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