This summer, from Wednesday, June 22 - Tuesday, June 28 we will be riding the C&O Canal Towpath from Cumberland, Maryland to Washington, DC. Whether you're a seasoned pro at biking or relatively new, this trip is an exciting chance to grow personally, experience beautiful scenery, and enjoy faith-building bible study along the way. Each day, we share meals together, a time of Bible study, a few hours of biking, and lots of laughter. Throughout our trip, we'll stay at a mix of hotels, campgrounds, and even a cabin that offers an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. A support vehicle will carry our camping gear so that we can focus on riding and enjoying the trail. Read on for specific information for this year's trip!
Who CAN GO?
Anyone 14 years or older who can ride a bike around 40 miles a day.
When IS THE TRIP?
Wednesday, June 22 - Tuesday, June 28
WHAT IS THE ITINERARY?
Wednesday 6/22: Meet at Community of Hope at 5:30 PM, drive to Cumberland, MD. Stay at the Fairfield Inn.
Thursday 6/23: Ride about 40 miles to Little Orleans. Camp at the Fifteen Mile Creek Reservation.
Friday 6/24: Ride about 40 miles to Williams Port. Stay at the Red Roof Inn.
Saturday 6/25: Ride about 40 miles to Harpers Ferry, WV. Stay at the Harper's Ferry KOA Cabins.
Sunday 6/26: Ride about 40 miles to Swains Lock. Camp at Swain's Lock #21.
Monday 6/27: Ride into Washington D.C, have a free day in the city, and take the 4:00 PM Amtrak train back to Cumberland, MD. Stay at the Fairfield Inn.
Tuesday 6/28: Depart from Cumberland and drive back to Cleveland.
HOW MUCH WILL IT Cost:
The cost for adults who want to share hotel rooms with one roommate on non-camping nights is $325 per person, which includes all transportation, lodging, and some meals.
The cost for high schoolers and those who want to sleep four to a room on non-camping nights is $209 per person which includes all transportation, lodging, and some meals.
The cost for adults wanting to stay in single hotel rooms on non-camping nights is $557, which includes all transportation, lodging, and some meals.
WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO CAMP?
Our group itinerary and calculated costs include two nights of camping, (Night 2 and Night 5). If you don't want to camp on those nights, you have the option of staying at a nearby hotel listed below. You are responsible for making the reservation and handling the payment separately. It's a busy time of year for the trail, so we recommend you call as soon as you're able to secure your reservation!
Night 2 - 6/23/16: Town Hill Hotel Bed and Breakfast. Call (301) 478-2974 to make your reservation. More information at: www.townhillbnb.com
Night 5 - 6/26/16: Bolger Center Hotel in Potomac, MD. Call (301) 983-7000 to make your reservation. More information at: www.bolgercenter.com
What about Food?
We will provide one group meal each day that we are riding, and eat one meal out at a restaurant. At some lodging, breakfast is included. We recommend bringing breakfast/snack items such as granola bars, pop tarts, applesauce pouches, instant coffee packets, hot chocolate packets, tea bags, apples, oranges, peanut butter packets, nuts, and trail mix that work well on the trail. We will go over more specifics at our pre-departure meeting.
How do I Register?
Fill out the form below and turn in or mail a $100 deposit to Community of Hope Church. Our address is: 4470 Oakes Road, Brecksville, Ohio, 44141. The deadline to register is May 31. *Note: If you are thinking about registering but have a question you'd like answered first, feel free to use the form below.
What Will I need to Bring?
You can find a comprehensive list of suggested items to pack here. We will go over specifics at our pre-departure meeting and make sure to answer any questions you might have.