Pedalshift 237: Paw Paw Tunnel Bypass Part 1

The Pedalshift Project 237: Paw Paw Tunnel Bypass – Part 1

Part one on my two day trip from Hancock, MD to Paw Paw, WV and back, highlighting the Paw Paw Tunnel bypass trail.

Pedalshift 237: Paw Paw Tunnel Bypass Part 1

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Pedalshift Tour Journals: Paw Paw Tunnel Bypass – Part 1

A little background… the NPS is closing the tunnel… for real this time… to complete a massive descaling project on the downstream side of the Paw Paw tunnel. That means when it’s closed, the only way to continue on the towpath is to go up and over the mountain the tunnel goes through.

I had never done it. Until this trip.

Part 1 focuses on my ride to camp on the downstream side of the tunnel buuuut it’s a little more interesting than that. If you followed me on Insta you heard something happened(TM) Turns out I was recording, which is fun and awesome. HOWEVER the sound quality leading up to it was miserable. Like super bad. But I need you to hear how it went down, so bear with me here as we get rolling…

Paw Paw Tunnel Bypass Day 1 fender bender
Paw Paw Tunnel Bypass Day 1: catastrophic fender bender!


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