A interesting feature along the trail, the 3000' long Paw Paw Tunnel was closed for safety reasons, and there was a steep and rocky detour trail by-pass. Luckily for me, the awesome folks I stayed with in the town of Paw Paw shuttled me around the by-pass. I got to explore the tunnel entrance and enough of the by-pass route to know it would have been an act of penance, indeed, to drag my cart over that hill! There was also a 20-mile stretch of parallel Western Maryland Rail Trail (paved with asphalt!) running alongside the Canal trail. Needless to say, I switched to the converted rail path for some easier 'rolling' along that stretch. Ft. Frederick State Park has a very well restored 18th century fort to explore as well as an impressive nature center it would have been great to revisit for all of my flora and fauna questions! There are scores of building ruins along the Canal route, some of them restored to use as overnight bunkhouses furnished in period styles. The one bunkhouse I have experienced myself (so far) is attached to a bike shop in Hancock, sometimes affectionately called The Chicken Coop!
So. I am a possible 7 days from Washington D.C.(at my current reduced speed!). After which, it may be that a week or 10 walk-days could get me to the Atlantic! Will that be a 'wrap'? I can't imagine what that would feel like...
|Former mill site|
|View from the Paw Paw Tunnel by-pass trail|
|Paw Paw Tunnel|
|Taken by my walking companion of an afternoon.|
|Paw paw tree. It has edible fruit later in the season.|
|'The Chicken Coop' (C&O Bicycle Bunkhouse)|
|In Fort Frederick barracks room; the barracks buildings were rebuilt in the 1970's, although the original fort was pre-Revolutionary War.|