GAP Ride 10: Cumberland > Frostburg
Saturday, October 8 from 10:00-3:00
- 40 US dollars$40
- Meyersdale, PA
About the Adventure
Activity Level 4: Strenuous Location: Cumberland, MD Guides: Megan, Lindsay, Joe GAP Ride 10: Cumberland, MD to Frostburg, MD This last of the 10 rides on our quest to ride the Great Allegheny Passage Trail begins at Mile Marker 0 in historic Cumberland, Maryland. Starting from the Cumberland Visitors Center, we will make our way to Frostburg, MD. Along most of our route we will be riding beside and crossing the rail line of the historic Western Maryland Railway. We'll travel through the Cumberland Narrows and note the prominent “Lover’s Leap” outcropping on Willis Mountain. After crossing the National Road, we will begin our gradual yet continuous ascent towards Frostburg. As we climb, we will experience an area similar to the foothills of the Swiss Alps, if only there were a few Swiss chalets and cows with large bells. We’ll ride though the Brush Tunnel as we continue on our 15.5 mile long ride to the Frostburg Depot Station. Our arrival will mark an elevation change of 1307 feet, and we get to cruise down that as we begin our return to Cumberland … WHEE! Average riding speed: 10 mph Total distance: 31 miles OPTIONAL: To celebrate the culmination and completion of our GAP rides, you are invited to join us for dinner at Ristorante Ottaviani in Cumberland at 5:00, after our ride. (Dinner payment not included.) OPTIONAL: Spend the night in Cumberland and join us for a Sunday ride on the C & O Canal Towpath on Sunday morning. I'm staying at the Ramada by Wyndam on S. George Street. You can keep your bike in your room and breakfast is included. Call (301) 724‑8800 to reserve your room ASAP. OPTIONAL: Sunday morning ride on the C & O Canal Towpath It’s been said, “If the GAP trail is seen as a paved two, lane road, then the C & O is a goat path.” In actuality, the C&O is a historic canal mule towpath. If you have an interest is experiencing the difference of riding the GAP and the C&O Canal Towpath, we’ll head towards Washington, DC on Sunday morning. Our ride will take us along old sections of the canal, past an old aqueduct, the remains of several lift locks, and a reconstructed lockhouse. Views of the Potomac River’s North Branch will appear along the way. We’ll make our turn back to Cumberland at the site of the Pigman’s Ferry campsite. Total distance: 29 miles Elevation change: 52 feet. If there has been recent rainfall, this trail can be a “bit” muddy. Please join us for any or all of these offerings!
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