muddy ortlieb panniers

A muddy start to the bike touring season

My first S24O of the year got postponed due to mud yesterday. Fun ride, but as the mud got thicker and harder to pedal through on my 1.5″ tires, I abandoned hopes of reaching the campground 8 miles further and called it a day halfway there. I haven’t seen the C+O Towpath in this bad shape for a few years, and I’m worried it might impact my multi-modal trip in a few weeks without some serious drying time…

a very muddy c+o canal towpath

What do you think?