C & O Canal Bike Trip and Lockhouse Tour, 2012 September 4th, 2012


This weekend we went biking along the C & O Canal path with a bunch of friends, staying at Lockhouse 10 and Lockhouse 28 along the way. We left DC on Friday evening with Sandy, Olly, and Josh, and did a short 12 miles out to our first stop at LH 10 for the night. It had AC and running water and a sweet back porch with rocking chairs. We had sandwhiches and gin and tonics and cupcakes (somewhat smushed) for dinner, then walked down to the river to try and catch a glimpse of the full blue moon through the tree cover.


On Saturday morning, Ty, Greg, and Val joined us for the next 40 miles out to LH 28 in Point of Rocks, MD. We made good timing and stopped a couple times along the way — to see the river at Great Falls, to have some lunch at a campsite, to fill our camelpacks and bottles at the water pumping stations along the route. Around 4:30ish in the afternoon, we arrived in Point of Rocks and got unloaded for our second night – no running water or electricity, just a few trundle beds and a roof – our “stone tent” as one of the C & O Canal guides called it. We relaxed for a few before setting off in search of some well-deserved pizza and beer in town. We were all majorly hungry after 40 miles.


That night, Olly made us a campfire and we made s’mores and drank Natty Bohs – the perfect kinda-camping experience.


On Sunday morning, we were up bright and early and hitting the trail homeward. It rained a bit on the way, but we made even better timing than on the way out since we were going slightly downhill, and all of us eager to get home to showers. I was nervous about trying to make the whole 54-ish miles home in one day since I have never biked that far at once, but somehow I made it and my legs did not even fall off. Wahoo! I think we will need to make a repeat of this trip again soon!


Matt’s bike, fully loaded and ready to leave!


just a few miles out of Georgetown


lockhouse 10


the state of the cupcakes upon arrival, but this did not stop us from eating them


watching the canal go by


almost to Great Falls


on the road again


made it!


Lockhouse 28


beer and pizza stop!


ahhhh campfire


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tags: bicycle, DC, Maryland, travel, weekend trips

5 Responses

  1. IMGoph Says:

    Cannot wait to try the entire trip from Pittsburgh to DC someday. This is an inspiration!

  2. Rachael Says:

    What an amazing way to spend the weekend! The cupcakes picture totally cracked me up…wouldn’t have stopped me either!

  3. Lori Says:

    @IMGoph – yes! We want to do that too. I would need to put in some major training miles beforehand though! We met two guys on the trail that were headed all the way to Pittsburgh, we kept running into them at various points. They were giving themselves 7 days time… which seems very doable.

    @Rachael – I would almost say the cupcakes were better this way – flavors from all of them mixed together :)

  4. MG Says:

    Your tour looks and sounds like fun, and the writeup makes me want to get out on the C&O sometime soon. Congratulations on the miles you rode as well! I’m intrigued by the lockhouses, as they sound like a great way to plan a C&O trip.

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