Celebrate inter-city trails on the
C&O Canal Towpath
|Ride for a week with LITTLE TRAFFIC|
|Bags transported each day to indoor lodging|
The trail from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC is nearly finished!
Come journey by bicycle along the
C&O Canal Towpath and the completed trails of the Allegheny Trail
Alliance. We'll ride from Washington DC to Mckeesport PA on
nearly-level trails that once served canals and trains. We will
travel through four gorges (Great Falls, Cumberland Narrows, Yough, Cedar Creek)
that Gorge Washington traveled through.
Cycle the Trails Through the Mountains
We will travel for about 300 miles along the flattest route ever built between Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, . By taking eight days, we'll have lots of time to appreciate the river scenery and spectacular mountain gorges. Explore the remnant structures of railroad and canal that line this now-sylvan corridor. Lodging will be close to the trail, so we'll bike right to the door of most of the our motels and B&Bs. Lodging capacity in some of the smaller towns is what limits the size of the trip, so we will need to make full use of rooms. Plan on sharing rooms.
There will be a van to carry baggage and it will meet us at lunch time. But only very limited support is possible on these remote trails. Plan to carry, with you on the bike, those things you'll need for each day's ride except that if you plan to meet the van at lunch, you can leave it in the ice chest. Be ready to help a fellow rider, if a problem should occur.
The entire Yockatomac Trek is being undertaken in the same spirit of cooperation which built the trails it traverses. We're organizing this as a cooperative, self-supported trip with a group of people interested in trails and history. We'll work together with you to coordinate some of the logistics effort including helping you find a roommate if you need one.
Be aware that the C&O Canal Towpath is much rougher than our fine crushed limestone rail-trails here in Pennsylvania. In the rain the towpath puddles up, becoming slippery. We recommend a decent mountain bike, with good tires and shocks. However, some hybrid riders have done well on the towpath, as long as they have tires with good tread. If you're inclined toward skinny tires, we suggest you take a day trip on the towpath ahead of time, perhaps out of Cumberland. See the bicycle and tire suggestions in Linking Up.
The itinerary has been finalized. See 2004 Itinerary for details
You're pretty much on your own for getting to Washington DC, but we'll try to match up carpools or a limited number of seats are available in the outfitters van. We hope that an assortment of family members and friends will want to drive to DC for the weekend. Amtrak is scheduled at 4:41 in the morning and is scheduled to arrive at 12:24 in the afternoon for $45 coach. A rental car from Pittsburgh to Washington with drop off charges would be about $70-$90 plus gas. Prices are March price's with minimal search and no discounts applied.
By arrangement a very limited number of seats are available in the outfitters van for the shuttle to Washington, DC. The Shuttle will leave from the McKeesport Marina on Saturday June 19 at 12:30 PM. The cost for this is $25.00 per person. Please contact Steve Wershbale to request space on this shuttle Seats will be made available on a first come basis. Free parking is available for the duration of the trip at the marina.
If you wish to have your bike transported to Washington for you by the outfitter, you will need to drop it off at Wilderness Voyageurs, Inc., in Ohiopyle, PA, between June 13 and June 18, 2004.
If you don't have your favorite list of
things to pack for a week-long bike trip, see the one from
|Bike Helmet||Biking Gloves|
|Bike Lock||Spare Inner Tubes - that fit your rims!|
|Insect repellant/spray||Fels naptha soap/calamine - for poison ivy|
|Toilet paper||Flashlight for Paw Paw Tunnel|
We are asking that you send $200 to indicate your interest in the trip. This amount should approximately cover the shared costs. Reservations are being accepted on a first come, first served basis. Make your check payable to "Steve Wershbale ", and send it to 3765 Coventry Court, Allison Park PA 15101
Equipment, lodging costs, and meals are each participant's own responsibility. Bring your credit card! You must make all of your own B&B and motel reservations, once the itinerary is available (about March 1, 2004). We will work to match roommates if you have not already found one.
Cost figures for the trip are in the process of being determined. The following is only a rough estimate:
Costs to be shared by the entire group
|Van for baggage transport and limited support|
|Expenses of food and lodgeing for the driver of the van||
|Scenic railroad ticket and ferry fares|
|Shuttle service for getting us around trail gaps||
|Insurance and other shared costs||
|Telephone, postage, copying|
|Arrival celebration at McKeesport on Sunday June 27|
Estimate of total shared costs
|The above shared costs per rider, based on 20 people||200|
|Indoor lodging - estimate Full occupancy required! Lodging space is limited.||400|
|Meals and Snacks -||250|
|Unique commemorative polo shirts, if you would like one||25|
|Miscellaneous personal expenses||50|
|Outfitter tip||your discretion|
|Estimate of Total Individual Cost (Indoor Lodging)||$950|
Please bear in mind that the effort of running this trip is to be shared by the participants. It is possible that other expenses may arise. Note that this is a cooperative trip, relying on mutual support of all the riders, and is NOT a fully-supported outfitter tour!
is based on sharing expenses for the support services and for organizing the
ride (supplies, postage, telephone, mileage, etc.) equally among all
participants proportional to the number of days each participant plans to ride. For planning purposes, the daily fee was
conservatively established based on an estimated 20 riders. The final cost will be equitably
adjusted if more or less than 20 persons participate.
|Light Blue polo shirts
(not a tee shirt) embroidered
with the logo, may be purchased for $30 per shirt, by
sending a check, payable to Allegheny Trail Alliance.
Shirts will be delivered no later than June 20, 2002, in Washington DC
Deadline for ordering shirts is May 20, 2004
Allegheny Trail Alliance
419 College Ave
Greensburg PA 15601
Fill out the Registration and Release Form and send it with your check to:Steve Wershbale 3765 Coventry Court Allison Park, PA 15101
Explore the detailed itinerary.
Explore the Allegheny Trail Alliance website at www.ATATrail.org.You can explore the websites of each of the member trails from there. From the ATA site, Other Links will lead you to a wealth of information about traveling in the areas along this route.
A great source of information on trips along these trails is the booklet Linking Up, by Mary Shaw and Roy Weil. We highly recommend that anyone who is considering this trip should get a copy from a local bike shop, or from the ATA bookstore.
Mary and Roy also wrote up a trip report after they rode this trip in 1997. See also Yockatomac trek in 2003, Yockatomac trek in 2000 and the original Yockatomac trek in 1999
Good C&O Canal guidebooks are Thomas Hahn's Towpath Guide to the C&O Canal, and Mike High's C&O Canal Companion. Read the more recent High before the trip for background, but bring Hahn in your saddlebag for an on-the-path explanation of the canal's operating features. Order through the ATA bookstore.
Sound like fun? Tell us of your interest in the trip!
We will use email for most communication about the trip. Join our e-mail list to receive more information as it becomes available by sending email to: join-yocktrek@listserver.ATAtrail.org. If you have specific question contact the trip coordinator -
Page updated 20-Apr-2007 01:18:40 by Roy Weil Comments to maintainer.