56 year old male cancer survivor, now retired. Looking for a hiking companion for a 9-12 day hike on the C&O Towpath starting around the beginning of October.
I'm a sane individual with no desire to discuss the political or economic environment. If you dig music, sports, and photography, send me a message.
Age, race, gender doesn't matter. Just don't complain!! LOL!
Hope to hear from someone in the area. I'm doing about a 3 mph pace. It's a flat trail. My goal is 15-20 miles a day.
@Irishmenintheend The C&O might be beautiful by that time. I have cycled but not hiked much of it. I can't manage 9-12 days but 2 days and a night are a possibility. Text me your schedule about two weeks out. I would be more interested in the western sections than the eastern sections.
I'm finishing on Oct 3rd. Guess we'll miss eachother. Best of luck.
BTW - be sure to check the C&O's NPS website on water status - they only have about 50% of their water sources opened.
Does anyone know the TRUE status of the water pumps on the Canal Towpath? I called the park HQ a month ago and they said that most of the pumps are on, despite what the website says. I called again a few days ago, then Park HQ said the list on the website is accurate (only 50% open). Anybody know the actual condition?
I would suggest taking a water filter just in case. I did the C&O/GAP by bike a few years ago, and the status of the water pumps was still a question even back then. It wasn't clear whether they were on, or if they were, whether the water was potable or not, so I filtered almost everything that came out of the pumps.
I have filtered potable pump water along the C&O just to improve the taste.
Called the park HQ a few days ago. They explained the situation & conflicting reports. Bottom line: Their website listing is current & accurate. If I find out on the trail next week that it's grossly inaccurate, I'll post again here.
I just got back from my trip. For the most part, the website is accurate. However, I did run into four pumps that were ON when the website said they were off & one pump that was turned OFF when it was listed as on. I any case, I would suggest if you're going on the towpath, bring some methods to carry extra water.