Everyone’s universe has shrunk a lot since the beginning of the pandemic, and nowhere has it hit home more than bicycle touring. I’m fortunate enough to have one of the country’s crown jewel routes right around where I live. The first trip this year looped the eastern third near DC. This time, I roll out into the wilderness of the western third, looking for adventure and solitude. On Day 1, I picked up a freshly repaired bike in Hancock and rolled off. But would the bike behave and more importantly, would my body betray me after just a day on the trail?
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Pedalshift Tour Journals: Western C&O Loop
On Day 1, I picked up a freshly repaired bike in Hancock and rolled off. But would the bike behave and more importantly, would my body betray me after just a day on the trail?
Miles biked: 40
Grilled cheeses grilled: 2
Gear disasters averted by Dollar General run: 2
Campsites on the wrong side of the trail: 1
Embarrassing screams from debilitating and weird leg cramps: 2
Future bike tours where I don’t bring electrolyte pills: zero
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Mark Van Raam
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