The best laid plans….Rain in the forecast for the next 4 to 5 days sent me into a tizzy. We have heard very mixed reviews of the towpath, especially in wet weather. With no good paved alternatives if we got mired down in mud, we spent last night going through our options. The best was to call our dear friends John and Libby Strahorn to bail us out. We had planned to meet up with them on Wednesday for a 3-day reunion in the Antietam area as they live just a few hours northeast. Fortunately they were able to juggle schedules and come to Cumberland in “Gram’s Taxi”, a van usually used to do fun things with their grandkids. We spent the afternoon and evening catching up and dodging raindrops when we ventured out for meals and a driving tour of town. Always well prepared, the Strahorns served us nightcaps in their room before we hit the hay for a serene night of sleep.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) we plan to load our bikes and stuff in the van and we will head to Shepherdstown for two nights at the Bavarian Inn. Hopefully we can explore the Civil War battlefield and related sites and museums there and in Harpers Ferry without being too hampered by rain. Beyond that our plans are still up in the air.