20 minute stretch session before breakfast. Biking about 32 miles, approximately 4.5 hours with morning, lunch, and afternoon stops; snacks and water refills provided on all stops; trail surface of packed crushed limestone. Getting in/out of a van; driving about 41 miles, approximately 1 hour.
In the dining room, we’ll have a buffet breakfast with water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.
We’ll depart the hotel by van to the start of the week's ride. The morning ride from Meyersdale to Deal will highlight the curved Keystone Viaduct. Built in 1911 and refurbished for bike and hiker traffic in 2003, this 910-foot bridge originally carried Western Maryland Railway trains over ground railroad tracks and the Casselman River.
We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in Deal, PA.
The afternoon ride from Deal to Cumberland, MD features the Eastern Continental Divide, the 3,294' Big Savage Tunnel, the Mason-Dixon Line and the 957' Borden Tunnel. It is at Mile Marker 0 where the Great Allegheny Passage meets the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath (C&O Canal) to Washington, D.C. Our ride will end at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, located along the first mile of the C&O Canal. After checking into our rooms, we will have time to clean up, relax and explore nearby before dinner.
At a local Cumberland restaurant, we’ll enjoy a sit-down plated and served meal with water, coffee, and tea.
At leisure. The evening is free to further explore the town or relax in the pool or hot tub.