Eastern Continental Divide, check. One hundred year-old, 3,300 foot long Big Savage Tunnel, check. Mason-Dixon line, check. State #9, check. Complete the Great Allegheny Passage, check. For such a short ride, the agenda was full. Usually the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad steam-powered train would have passed us on its daily run to Frostburg, but it was running late. After the Divide we actually coasted some of the way down, a sensation we hadn’t felt since day 46.
The ride ended by noon, giving us lots of time to clean up, research and reserve lodging for later this week, soak in the hot tub, and give the bikes a checkup. We had a taste of what’s in store culinarily at The Crabby Pig. We resisted a trayful of blue crabs but had two different crab soups with our ribs. To match the spicy food, James Brown is rockin’ us with I Feel Good.
Tomorrow begins our journey along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, which parallels the Potomac River. John Quincy Adams broke ground for it in 1828, it was completed in 1850, closed in 1924, and rescued in 1971 thanks to Chief Justice William Douglas. We will travel the path used by mules who pulled the canal boats, and occasionally a bike buggy.
11 miles uphill and 22 miles down, 1,927 overall. Fairfield Inn, Cumberland, MD.