The Pedalshift Project 367: C&O But Slow - Part 4

The Pedalshift Project 367: C&O But Slow – Part 4

After a rejuvenating zero day to avoid the storms, I had one more day of road riding to catch my train. A familiar route, but not exactly one with mindfulness paid to bikes. Would I catch the train home?

The Pedalshift Project 367: C&O But Slow - Part 4

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C&O But Slow – Part 4


  • Good morning from the cabin. Discussion about the day’s ride and weather conditions.
  • Reflection on the decision to take a zero day due to bad weather.

Travel Plans and Preparations

  • Route description: predominantly downhill, then uphill, and flat sections.
  • Mention of carrying less load compared to previous rides.
  • Discussion on the necessity of taking the garbage to remote bins.
  • Weather conditions: cold, layering up, and safety measures with lighting on the bike.
  • Highlighting areas of exposure to highways and the importance of planning the ride to avoid rush.

On the Road Experiences

  • Initial thoughts after starting the ride and adjusting clothing layers.
  • Navigating roads and using Google Maps for routing, challenges with algorithm recommendations.
  • Encounter with the lowest elevation point near Back Creek and the difficulties with uphill rides.
  • Discussion about the upcoming route, including passing the county landfill and Ridge Road’s rollercoaster-like terrain.

Mid-Ride Reflections

  • Break to consume snacks and hydrate, reflection on time management for the ride.
  • Encounter with local traffic and the need for careful navigation on Ridge Road.
  • Challenges with the bike’s mid gears and potential need for maintenance.

Final Leg of the Journey

  • Detailed description of the last few miles and final crossing of Highway 9.
  • Observations on new constructions and reflections on the local area’s development.
  • Final thoughts on the ride, considering an e-bike for future trips for efficiency.
  • Nearing the train station, managing time well and cooling down after the ride.

Arrival at Martinsburg Train Station

  • Reflection on the ease of the final stretch and the efficiency of the route taken.
  • Thoughts on Martinsburg’s potential and current state, including commuter resources.
  • Preparing for the train ride back, discussion on local transit options and their effectiveness.

Return to DC

  • Arrival in DC, reflection on the overall trip and its unexpected developments.
  • Observations on local cycling culture and the changes seen in the area.
  • Mention of upcoming episodes and future plans for spring and summer.


  • Miles biked 20.1

  • Trains taken 1

  • Bars eaten 2

  • Celebratory train beers 1

  • Flats 0

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