Participants will bike approximately 32 miles today. Riders will have the opportunity to meet up with the support vehicle and staff for a morning break, lunch, and afternoon break. Snacks and water refills will be provided at these stops.
At Laurelville we’ll have a buffet with water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice.
We’ll depart from Laurelville in vans for the start of the week's ride (an hour by van). The morning ride from Meyersdale to Deal will highlight the curved Keystone Viaduct. Shopping opportunity at Meyersdale Train Station and Museum.
Enjoy a sack lunch in Deal, PA.
The afternoon ride from Deal to Cumberland features the Eastern Continental Divide, the 3,294' Big Savage Tunnel, the Mason-Dixon Line, the 957' Borden Tunnel and the 914' Brush Tunnel. We'll meet the vans for a break in Frostburg (mile post 15). Our ride will end mile post "0" where the GAP meets the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath to Washington D.C. (C&O Canal) We'll stay the Fairfield Inn and Suites, visible from mile marker "0". After checking into your room you will have time to clean up, relax and explore nearby before dinner.
Enjoy a casual sit-down meal at a local Cumberland restaurant.
Free time. The evening is free to further explore this walkable historic downtown (ice cream!) or relax in the hotel pool or hot tub.