Most of the day was spent on the towpath sandwiched between the Potomac River and the remnants of the once-thriving C&O Canal. It amazes me the amount of work that would have gone into designing and building this canal. It is hard to imagine what it must have been like in the heyday of its operation.
We traveled 43+ miles to Williamsport, MD and the hardest part was not stopping every mile or so to take in the scenery. The weather has been perfect making this trek so enjoyable. Parts of the C&O Canal towpath take you right up to the edge of the Potomac River and there are plenty of areas worth stopping to explore.
Our last 43+ miles on the C&O did not disappoint. Dam 4 was built in 1856 that created a pool reaching 13 miles upriver. Because of the rocky cliffs that reached down to the water's edge, canal boats entered the river, and the towpath was cut into the rocks, making for a spectacular trail to bike today.
There was a sense of excitement completing this trip and making it to the end followed by sadness that it was over. Looking back it felt like it only lasted a few days. The best part was the unique experience of exploring a new part of the trails each day. It sure was good to get back home last night with my family and sleep in my own bed!