Lockhouse C&O Canal bike trip June 17th, 2013


“Nature spontaneously keeps us well. Do not resist her!” ~Thoreau

   

*Dang! All these pictures uploaded in reverse order — I am too lazy to fix that — so enjoy our trip from end to start*

   

We did another lockhouse bike trip tour this past weekend, similar to our 2012 trip, but this time we stayed at different lockhouses, and also it was just the two of us. I have been spending the majority of my weekday hours (like 80+) in front of my computer, busy as ever, so getting out of the city by bike on a Friday afternoon, with a weekend of good weather ahead, was the best remedy I could have imagined for the past two days. Thankfully, bike-butt is a slightly different (and much more welcome) kind of pain than office-chair-butt.

   

I picked up a copy of The C&O Canal Companion the first night from the lockhouse bookshelf, and I started reading about the history of the canal construction, the Civil War, battles with the railroad lines, the floods, and the lockhouse life for the familes that lived and worked there. I don’t usually get into historical reads like that, but it was all so fascinating. Apparently in the 50s, many years after the canal went out of use, there were plans to turn it into a parkway for cars. We have Supreme Court Justice William O. Justice to thank for spearheading a movement to keep the canal system preserved as a park. He and 8 other people actually hiked the entire 184 miles of it to bring awareness to the situation. That is seriously awesome.

   

Anyways, the ol’ brain wheels are a-turning now about biking the whole thing all the way to Pittsburgh. I haven’t checked the elevation map for the trail after Cumberland, but I’m pretty sure that will help change my mind…


   

campfire! Matt split the logs. It was amazing.

campfire! Matt split the logs. It was amazing.

   

watching the sun go down over the water

watching the sun go down over the water

   

omg this place. It didn't look like much. in fact, when we first opened the door and I saw the inside, I quickly shut the door again and asked Matt if we should go somewhere else. So glad we didn't. Best random sushi and pu pu platter ever.

omg this place. It didn’t look like much. in fact, when we first opened the door and I saw the inside, I quickly shut the door again and asked Matt if we should go somewhere else. So glad we didn’t. Best random sushi and pu pu platter ever. Like, great enough to pose out front of this place with a thumbs up. Also look how cute our bikes are, flanking the entryway.

   

open spaces

wiiiide open spaces

   

venturing off the canal towpath and into Poolesville for dinner = fields and farms as far as you can see

venturing off the canal towpath and into Poolesville for dinner = fields and farms as far as you can see

   

we played Checkers at the second lockhouse. it had been so long since we played that we had to look up directions. Matt won, I am still sore.

we played Checkers at the second lockhouse. it had been so long since we played that we had to look up the rules of how to play. Matt won, I am still sore about that.

   

we watched a bit of a kayak lesson from the bridge above. note to self: go kayaking soon

we watched a bit of a kayak lesson from the bridge above. note to self: go kayaking soon

   

beautiful

beautiful

   

thank goodness Matt has the longest arms ever to fully capture ourselves in all our sweaty glory.

thank goodness Matt has the longest arms ever to fully capture ourselves in all our sweaty glory.

   

secret: my Camelbak is filled with gin&tonic

secret: my Camelbak is filled with gin&tonic

   

GAHHHH!!!!

GAHHHH!!!!

   

Great Falls

Great Falls

   

ready to roll on Saturday morning

ready to roll on Saturday morning

   

our humble lockhouse abode for the evening

our humble lockhouse abode for the evening

   

Lock #6. The greeness in the water is just an unreal color, I love it. Nature is so vibrant.

Lock #6. The greeness in the water is just an unreal color, I love it. Nature is so vibrant.

   

heading out on the C&O Canal on a beautiful Friday evening in June

heading out on the C&O Canal on a beautiful Friday evening in June

   

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5 Responses




  1. Val Says:

    I was thinking the same thing about riding to Pittsburgh the other day…hmm…maybe there is an adventure in the future



  2. Karen Says:

    Looks like a great trip! And I really want to see Great Falls sometime this year. Thanks for the fun post!!



  3. lindsey Says:

    Those lockhouses could not be cuter. So sad to have missed out!



  4. JJ Says:

    I see you visited our old 1A stomping ground of poolesville. I do believe that is where the infamous 99 point blow out happened circa 1996. as riles excitedly explaimed “at least we weren’t beat by triple digits!!!”



  5. Mike Nardolilli Says:

    We at the C&O Canal Trust are so pleased that you enjoyed staying at one of our lockhouses through our Canal Quarters program. Thank you so much for posting your experiences. We hear very many similar stories but it is always fantastic to see the adventures written up with photographs and posted on-line! Those wishing to learn more about how to rent one of the six restored lockhouses in our Canal Quarters program should visit http://www.canalquarters.org



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