The Pedalshift Project 362: C&O But Slow Preview

The Pedalshift Project 362: C&O But Slow Preview

Finding my way back onto the C&O is hardly a surprise, but this spring’s ride is taking a page from my 2024 goals… try to take some of these tours a little more slowly. On this preview episode, we cover how I think it’ll go down.

The Pedalshift Project 362: C&O But Slow Preview

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C&O But Slow Preview

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The basics

  • Full size bike
  • New config (more on that in a moment)
  • Cumberland with Amtrak from DC and then… ?
  • Going with a stove this time
  • All camping
  • Forecast looks like rain
  • I’m getting over a cold, so not sure how that will impact things

New config?

  • The front rack from last season is fine but I want to try something new
  • Found I couldn’t get the bike in the Dogsbody bag last year and I didn’t want to keep having to install/unintall. Might end up on my ebike?
  • Solution: Fork bags + Hanging sleep kit from bars
  • 7L each side
  • Very narrow – a little too narrow?
  • Allows me to be a bit more nimble


  • First night will be close to a new moon unfortunately
  • Would love to do 20 miles even though it’s night riding
  • Don’t have specific plans for any particular campsites
  • The end of the tour is up in the air… I have two options (Martinsburg and Harpers Ferry) so if I’m really enjoying the riding, I can make the miles. But if I’m enjoying the vibes (or other things) I can make this a shorter trip with some road riding on the final day


  • Will likely carry more food than I have on past trips 
  • BUT going to do backpacking meals. Keeping it simple and light
  • NPS no longer treats the wells, so I have a new gravity fed water filter. Trying not to carry as much as I have in the past
  • Stove needed for meals, so I can at also enjoy coffee
  • Weather
  • Looks wet but not hot. Will be prepared
  • This might be the thing that impacts choosing a short or long ride… trail conditions, preferring to stay in the tent for a morning rain, etc. etc.

Other stuff

  • Paw Paw tunnel is reopened!
  • Not intending on climbing up to stay at my cabin (although it’s a backup option)
  • Name of the game is slow and steady and enjoying the ride rather than just banging out miles. Would have preferred a little more riding time on Saturday to spread it out a bit more

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