Getting in/out of vans; driving about 23 miles to start point, approximately 1/2 hour. Return drive to hotel is about 62 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Pre-breakfast stretching. Biking between 18 and 41 miles throughout the day, based on your pace selection; 4 available pull-out points: Point of Rocks (mile marker 48), Monocacy Aqueduct (mile marker 41), Edwards Ferry (mile marker 30), Washington Aqueduct (mile marker 14). Generally flat, unpaved trail.
Dining room buffet.
Boarding our vans, we will travel to Brunswick and bike from there to Great Falls of the Potomac (41 miles), passing 3 aqueducts on the way: Catoctin Creek, Monocacy, and Broad Run Trunk. Those wishing for a shorter trip may choose to take the route from Edwards Ferry to Great Falls (18 miles) where they will pass the Seneca Creek Aqueduct and several lock systems including Riley’s, Violettes, and Penny.
Long riders will enjoy a sack lunch at Edward's Ferry, while short riders will have a sack lunch at Pennyfield Lock.
Both groups will rendezvous at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center. From there, we’ll walk out to see the falls, witnessing their majesty and coming to an understanding of why the Potomac was not navigable. At the Visitor Center, park rangers or volunteers in period clothing (depending upon who is available), will tell stories of canal boat captains and their adventures on the C&O. Afterwards, we’ll transfer back to Shepherd's Spring.
In the dining room, we’ll have a special buffet meal, during which our chef will highlight the ingredients in the dishes and talk about the local farms and other providers Shepherd’s Spring works with to provide locally-sourced meals. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.
Next, we’ll ride to O'Hurley's General Store in nearby Shepherdstown, West Virginia, to enjoy music of the Appalachian region played by a rotating group of local musicians who have gathered every Thursday night for the past 30 years, playing instruments such as hammered dulcimers, guitars, and banjos. There will be opportunities to learn about the instruments and local musical history. We’ll also be able to interact with people from the local community. This is a real treat for the ears, eyes, snapping fingers, and tapping feet. Returning to Shepherd’s Spring, prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.