Join this popular four-day tour, or just ride for the weekend. Whichever you choose, you will want to be ready on the morning of Saturday, July 13th when charter buses transport the entire group to Cumberland for the start of this great adventure, but be warned… This event may become habit forming!
A fully supported ride from Cumberland, MD to Georgetown, DC | 184.5 miles
Friday Evening – 4 pm to 7 pm
Join us for the CARBO Load dinner! Bring your bike and plan to register early
Good friends, new and old, great food, and the opportunity to register early. Start your ride off right, and make Saturday morning a breeze by joining in on the festivities the night before. We will take care of getting your bike loaded while you enjoy the fellowship of your fellow riders. And, you are welcome to bring along a guest or two to join you!
Saturday – Day One
45.5 Miles Cumberland Train Station (Mile 184.5) to Little Orleans (Mile 140)
We meet at the San Mar campus in Boonsboro and ride in chartered bus style to Cumberland, MD, where you will be reunited with your bike in anticipation of the adventure that is about to begin. Following a delicious lunch, the ride will begin by taking your bike for a walk through the Paw Paw Tunnel – remember to bring a flashlight! Once through the tunnel, jump on your bike and feel the wind in your hair as you travel along the towpath to Little Orleans. Here you will exit the towpath and proceed to the campground, about a mile from the trail. You can ride to the camp – challenging hill and all, or load into the waiting vehicles and meet your bike and gear at camp. If staying at the hotel, bring your suit and change in the bathhouse, then enjoy some well deserved time by the pool. We eat at 5:00 in the pavilion above the pool. The shuttle will depart for the hotel following dinner.
Sunday – Day Two
41 Miles Little Orleans (Mile 140) to McMahon’s Mill (Mile 99)
Breakfast will be served in the pavilion. We will begin the ride following breakfast. We know you are excited to get back on the trail, but his day will go quickly and departing early may mean you get to the rest stops before we do. Use CAUTION when leaving camp; remember the challenging hill from yesterday? Once on the trail, you can choose between staying on the towpath, or switching over to the Rails and Trails path – a 22 mile paved alternative. Two rest stops are available, and an amazing lunch will be served along the route today.
The last stop of the day, Cushwa Basin in Williamsport [mile 99], MD, is a short, easy ride by bike, or vehicles will be available for transport. Feel free to check out the C&O Visitor Center and Museum. Dinner is served at 5:00 in the pavilion.
If joining in the weekend only portion of the ride, you can be picked you up at the campground – you will want to meet them at the front entrance. Transportation to San Mar and the hotel will be available following dinner. You are welcome to invite friends or family to join you for dinner for $10 per quest.
Monday – Day Three
56.7 Miles Cushwa Basin (99) to Monocacy Aqueduct (42.3)
Breakfast will again be served in the pavilion. Transportation will be available, or you have the option of riding from the campground to the river. It is just a couple of miles over level roads. The upcoming section of the trail, Big Slackwater, reopened in the fall of 2012 and is one of the most scenic parts of the trip. You will ride thru the Big Slackwater area (mile 88 to 85.4) on the new concrete piers and bridges, giving you a most spectacular view of the river, and then returning to the original trail at Dam No. 4. You will again have two sponsored rest stops and a yummy lunch today.
Everyone stays in the hotel tonight!!! Rooming preferences should be communicated to the San Mar staff at registration on Friday evening/Saturday morning. When you arrive at the Monocacy Aqueduct we will have vehicles waiting for you in the parking lot. You will be given your room key and check in instructions at this time. Dinner will be at 5:30 PM. Massage therapists will be available at the motel. Don’t forget to sign up for a session.
Tuesday – Day Four
42.1 Miles Monocacy Aqueduct (42.1) to Georgetown (Mile 0)
Breakfast is at your leisure in the hotel. The buses will meet you in front of the hotel by 8:00; and your bike will be waiting for you at the aqueduct parking lot. We will have a rest stop at Seneca and lunch at Great Falls. We want to leave the Falls as a group so that we all arrive in Georgetown together. We don’t want to risk anyone missing the bus. It has happened! In Georgetown, DC, we will board charter buses for the return ride to San Mar. If you are being picked up in Georgetown you can have your friends meet you on Water Street (and the corner of Wisconsin) at 2 pm beneath the Whitehurst Parkway.