September 21 – 29, 2019
The vast majority of this route is on unpaved bike trails. We will experience the secluded sights and sounds of nature along our ride, free from the worry of public roads and cars. Each day, we will ride to and from the trail and our host church, so cycling on public, paved roads will account for a small amount of our travels. The trail conditions will be varying, but easily passable with the right bike. Check out a summary of trail conditions, and our recommendation for what type of bike to use.
We’ll begin our adventure on Sunday in Pittsburgh, PA with a ride to Point State Park, the famous confluence of the “Three Rivers”: the Ohio, the Allegheny, and the Monongahela. After gathering at the GAP’s northern terminus, we will strike out from the Steel City along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). By Tuesday, this crushed limestone rail-to-trail will bring us all the way over the Eastern Continental Divide into Cumberland, MD.
Once in Cumberland, the GAP will give way to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath (C&O), which means it’s time to play in the dirt! This historic towpath, which is actually a National Park from end-to-end, will trace the twists and turns of the mighty Potomac through the Appalachian foothills. We will stay in the beautiful Harper’s Ferry, WV, having time to soak in the history present along the route. The route then takes us to the doorstep of D.C. to set up a Saturday morning trip to Mile Marker 0 and on to the National Mall, where we’ll finish our journey in presidential style!
Overall, we’ll have seven ride days, with the first and last being short. The typical ride day will be 57 miles. Take a look at the schedule below to learn more about the daily mileage:
|Saturday||9/21||Arrival||Riders arrive by noon|
|Sunday||9/22||30 miles||Church Service and Bike to West Newton, PA|
|Monday||9/23||54 miles||Bike to Confluence, PA|
|Tuesday||9/24||62 miles||Bike to Cumberland, MD|
|Wednesday||9/25||61 miles||Bike to Hancock, MD|
|Thursday||9/26||51 miles||Bike to Harper’s Ferry, WV|
|Friday||9/27||60 miles||Bike to Bethesda, MD|
|Saturday||9/28||20 miles||Bike to Washington, D.C.|
|Sunday||9/29||Departure||Riders Depart (FCBA arranges transportation back to Pittsburgh)|
Preparing for your ride
- Take a look at the Tools for Riders page and Frequently Asked Questions page for tips on how to prepare and to learn more about what daily life on the ride is like!
- Print and complete the required waiver.
- Check out the Packing List. Note that jerseys and t-shirts will be provided at the start of the ride!
- Tell your friends and family to follow the ride online! Share these links to our Facebook and blog:
Arrival in Pittsburgh:
Arrive no later than noon on Saturday, September 21st. If you need to arrive outside of that time frame please contact the Trip Leader at [email protected] as soon as possible.
Sunday: Attend church and ride to West Newton, PA. The Adventure begins!
Shipping your bike:
If you need to ship your bike please let the Trip Leader know ([email protected]). Have it shipped to our office at the following address, with arrival no later than September 13th! For tips on packing and shipping check here: Ways to Ship Your Bike.
The Fuller Center for Housing
Attn: Bike Adventure
701 S Martin Luther King Blvd
Americus, GA 31719
Departure from Washington, D.C.:
We will leave D.C. early in the morning on Sunday, September 29th, and plan to arrive back in Pittsburgh by 2:00pm. We are happy to offer rides back to Pittsburgh, but you must let the Trip Leader know by September 13th.
If you plan to take a flight, bus or train out of Washington, D.C., we can be of help getting you to the appropriate station in the evening of Saturday, September 28th or the morning of Sunday, September 29th. Once we have finalized our church host we will be able to determine which airport/stations will be eligible. Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.
If you have any questions never hesitate to contact us at [email protected] … and don’t forget to check out our 2019 Summer Bike Adventures!