|06/02/12 241# 0m|
Daily bike trip reports from Washington DC to Pittsburgh:
Day1, Day2, Day3, Day4, Day5, Day6, Day7.
I had a much better ride than the last time I did this in 2010.
I had a really good time (and in the end, it's all about me, right?).
I was fortunate to be among really good people.
A specific goal was to get some "non-hotel" touring experience and that certainly got accomplished.
The equipment worked well.
The weather was normal.
I think the big lessons sink in over time, but my initial take-aways are:
- Everybody has to find their own path up the hill.
- On the trail you wear "green blinders"; you don't know what's on the other side of the green tunnel. Smartphones and coverage are awesome, and so are people with local knowledge.
The thermal mat may not be as important as a sleeping bag for summer use.
The Ortlieb panniers are great, but top-loading is not uber-efficient
Casualties (things that were damaged):
I sheared one leg off my Esge-Plesche two-legged kickstand
the new 10-Liter solar shower leaked along the seam, but I'll replace it
handlebar wrap gone in the rain
Treasures: (things I was very glad to have)
JetBoil stove, Knorr-Lipton rice packets, tuna
Six regular Water Bottles
Analyze what I used / what I never used
Write down what to do differently next time
To Devise/ Obtain:
Windscreen for stove
a better rig for hoisting the solar shower.
internal compartments for panniers
Some personal opinions:
- If all other issues (logistics, travel) are equal, I believe that Pittsburgh-DC (eastbound) is the preferred route.
- The GAP with its modern design and materials is much safer than the C&O Canal, which is a Civil War donkey path whose historic status prevents upgrades.
- If a Pittsburgh group wants to ride 300 miles over six days, they should ride to Cumberland, round-trip.
- Hancock, MD is doing the most of any town to embrace the Trail Economy - by building the WMRT and pursuing the expanded PawPaw-WMRT project
- The wayfinding resources between McKees Marina and Pittsburgh are insufficient
|July 2, 2012 Week 21 |
|241#||2nd Qtr 1275 miles|
2012: 2291 miles