Day 3–Harpers Ferry to Williamsport, Pa.

I probably would have started this blog a lot sooner but I have been working like crazy to get all the things done that Georgie told me to do while she was out of town.  Of course, she also said to rest.  “LIKE WHEN.”  Also I just talked to Frank, my roommate on the C&O Canal ride.  That is never a short conversation.  And now I find out that Georgie is stuck in Dallas as the result of some heavy rain showers.  Whew!

So lets get going on the bike trip.  We overnighted in Harpers Ferry.  In the morning we left the hotel and headed back to the trail, first passing by the old town of Harpers Ferry.

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Lots of tourist cruising the shops.  Then we headed for the towpath but first we had a group picture.

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Not sure who took this but one of the seven is missing.  That’s his shadow at the lower right of the picture.  Then we crossed over the river using the old railroad bridge.  It is actually a cool scene.  Here is the bridge.

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That’s me admiring the unique structure presented here.  Two railroad track entering the Harper’s Ferry tunnel at the base of a big mountain. I’m standing on the towpath. Quite an amazing feat of engineering.

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This is located a Lock 33 on the C&O Canal.

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Then it was back to riding the trail.  A beautiful coverage of trees lead the way along the trail.

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Along the way we encountered this small dam.

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Couldn’t resist a photo op as I looked over the side.

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And a map explaining the dam.

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A bit further up the trail we were surprised by the change of surface.  Suddenly the sandy base we were riding on changed to concrete.  No particular reason why, it just changed.  But I must say, it was a relief.  We could pedal faster and we had a full view of the river.

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Some really nice view along this stretch of the trail.  This picture is looking back at the concrete trail we had just encountered along that curve in the river.

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Finally we arrived in Williamsport, Pa., our official stop for the evening.  We peddled off the trail and up the hill to the town.  A bit of a tough climb after a long day.  But soon we arrived at the Candle Light Inn B&B where we were greeted by Tonya, the very helpful and resourceful Innkeeper, and her daughter, Sophia.

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Upon everyone’s arrival,Tonya opened the garage door and instructed us to hang our bikes on the hooks provided.  Good way to save space and keep the bikes secure.

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After checking out our rooms and taking a little break, we asked Tonya for a recommendation of a place to eat in town.  She directed us to the Desert Rose Cafe.  It was within easy walking distance of the B&B so we headed out.  The Desert Rose was a nice local cafe.  We received a friendly greeting upon entering and were ushered to a table for 7 in the back room.  Once we had ordered and the food started to arrive, I asked the waitress her name in case we needed to contact her.  She said, “It’s Rose”.  And I said, “I suppose your first name is Desert”.  She replied that it was.  Then she preceded to tell us the story of her birth in a camouflaged bus in the Arizona desert where her parent lived (in the 70’s).  Ergo “Desert Rose”.  Turned out she was the owner of the cafe and was very nice to us.  As we were leaving we asked if she would let us have a picture of her out front under the cafe sign.  She agreed.

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Desert Rose and Tonya, the Innkeeper, were friends.  They had obviously learned good hospitality from each other.  They made the customer feel welcomed.

You can always meet someone who has an interesting story if you are willing to take the time to ask.  Rose was certainly a credit to her name and the food we were served was very good.  Tonya likewise provide great service in her B&B.

Thus ended our ride from Harpers Ferry to Williamsport.  Tomorrow we head for Little Orleans.

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2 Responses to Day 3–Harpers Ferry to Williamsport, Pa.

  1. Balt Baca says:

    You are a real blogging pro! The pictures and story line is great. I’m really enjoy reading this blog. I will take your recommendations to heart about the B&B and Desert Rose. Still sending good vibes and good wishes. Best to all.

  2. Brian Shannon says:

    The change in the surface is at Big Slackwater. It was a part of the the towpath that washed out during big floods to the point there was very little to rebuild. They basically bridged the river at this point and it reopened as yoy see it just over 2 years ago. Used to have to take a 4+ mile detour on narrow roads. HUGE improvement!
    To read more:
    http://www.candocanal.org/news/slack-complete.html

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