Saturday, August 13, 2016

Day 39 Day off in Cumberland, MD

Day 39 Day off in Cumberland, MD #NM2NY4LFSA

We had a fantastic day off in Cumberland. We opted for the stop because Lauren decided we should all do a little canoeing. She called and got the info and shortly after breakfast we went and met a fellow about a boat. He put us in his van and drove us to a launch in Old Town. From there we canoed about ten miles down the Potomac to Paw Paw where he picked us up. It was great fun, but a lot of work. I was sweat soaked almost from the beginning. It took us about three hours to paddle down. There is not much current on that part of the river so we had to paddle constantly. The guide told us that he has had cyclists go canoeing who ended up paddling up river not knowing that's what they were doing because the current is so light. The Potomac is very clear water on that stretch. You could almost always see the bottom and the flow is pretty low so the bottom is rarely deeper than five feet. It was a great time. Afterwards we went back to the B&B and showered and lounged and decided to order Chinese delivery. We ate in front of the TV in the common room watching the Olympics. Tomorrow we are on to Hancock traveling down the C&O Tow path which was how the barges were propelled on the canal from Washington DC to Cumberland. Cumberland is a terminus for both the Great Allegheny Passage and the Chesepeake and Ohio Canal Tow Path. We rode the GAP 150 miles from Pittsburgh and the C&O goes 184 miles to Washington DC but we will get off near Hancock to begin heading North.







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  2. Watch out for bears in Hancock! We saw one once there.