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Fun overnight trip to Harper's Ferry and Shepherdstown

Fun overnight trip to Harper's Ferry and Shepherdstown

    Taking advantage of last Saturday's perfect weather, I did an overnight bicycle trip from the East Frederick Arts District to historic Harper's Ferry.  I left Frederick by Ballenger Creek Pike.  After passing thru  new residences and schools, Ballenger Creek Pike becomes rural with mountains in background, before reaching Point of Rocks.  I then took the shady C & O Canal to Brunswick, a former railroad town that still has a nice  Museum.  I continued via road to HF, savoring the view of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers surrounded by mountains.  After lounging around HF, I returned to Sandy Hook, Md and stayed at the Hostel, where I met a large group of road cyclists who had biked from DC and N Va.  There were also several hikers who had started hiking the appalachian trail (AT) in early March at Springer Mtn GA and were approaching the midpoint of their 6 month journey to Mt Katadin. They had some interesting adventures.  Loretta, the hostel manager, and her assistant prepared a delicious dinner for $8.  After dinner some people hung out at the campfire, though the evening was chilly.  And the hostel had just been renovated.
    Sunday morning I headed into W VA and biked 12 miles to the Farmer's Market in friendly Shepherdstown.  Then I took a combination of road and Canal back to
HF and retraced my route to East Frederick. Sunday's longer mileage was 57, but the riding was easy. Great overnight low cost trip, without having to carry much gear.  Perhaps other BBC members will think about joining me next year.
Jeffrey H. Marks

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