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Would it be crazy to attempt this on a bike?

Post  pinhedz on Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:10 am

I'm tempted (from the west heading east, that is):


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Post  pinhedz on Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:51 am

Peddling from Cumberland to the Eastern divide (see above) would be like peddling from Leesburg to Clark's Gap--6 times. affraid


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Post  Dick Fitzwell on Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:17 pm

You mean a bicycle?

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Post  pinhedz on Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:10 am

Yes (motorized two-wheelers are not allowed on the towpath).

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Post  Old Mack on Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:17 am

Riding a bike arround Washington, DC...yeah that sounds a little crazy.

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Post  pinhedz on Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:38 am

George Washington built it, and they try to keep it nice ...




But I try to stay away during rush hour ...




And it's the pits to get stuck behind a mule ...




And on the Maryland side you could get mugged by Bambi ...


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Post  pinhedz on Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:31 am

The prevailing view seems to be that the pinhed is trying to prove something. Shocked

Darn right, whippersnappers. bounce And if you think you can keep up with me, give it your best shot. Razz

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Post  pinhedz on Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:34 am

But now I hear you asking:

"But pinhed, after you cross the Alleghenies, how the Dickens are you going to get back to the Washington and Old Dominion bike trail?

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Post  pinhedz on Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:35 am

This is a very good question you have raised, and I have to admit it shows great astuteness on your part.

It appears that The Union, fearing those fierce Virginian rebels massed along the border, made sure that there were very few Potomac-river crossings. scratch Neutral

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Post  pinhedz on Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:40 am

I could cross the river at White's Ferry ($2.00 for bicycles), but then I would have to peddle 4.5 miles through the teaming metropolis of Leesburg Virginia.

Looks pretty rough--they gor a traffic light and everything. affraid


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Post  pinhedz on Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:46 am

White's Ferry--looks seaworthy enough:


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Post  pinhedz on Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:49 am

And now you are asking "Who was Gen. Jubal A. Early?"

Well sir, he was this man of course (I don't doubt he stopped many a Virginian rebel from crossing the river):


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Post  pinhedz on Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:36 am

Leaving nothing to chance, the pinhed takes a virtual ride across the Patowmack on the Gen Jubal:


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Post  Nah Ville Sky Chick on Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:22 am

How long will it take you?

It looks good to me as long as you can go along at your own pace. I figured it would take me a few weeks to complete, can you get that much time off work?

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Post  pinhedz on Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:34 am

Nah Ville Sky Chick wrote:How long will it take you?

It looks good to me as long as you can go along at your own pace. I figured it would take me a few weeks to complete, can you get that much time off work?
I've peddled the Washington and Old Dominion leg (I-495 to Purcellville--see below) a number of times. That's a 70-mile round trip, and it takes about 6 hours.



I reckon the long trip could be done in 5-6 days.

Mrs. pinz says she'll peddle a few miles each day, and then return to the car and drive to the site of our dinner reservations.

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Post  pinhedz on Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:02 am

Research has led to the discovery of an actual bridge at Point of Rocks Maryland, about 12 miles west of White's Ferry:


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Post  pinhedz on Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:03 am

It's an old-fashioned sort of place:


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Post  pinhedz on Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:07 am

I'm not sure if there will be problems at the border crossing. They will know by my speech that I am (or once was) a yankee, but they might ask me why I wish to cross over into Virginia. Suspect


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Post  eddie on Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:44 am

Merckx: Half-Man, Half-Bike by William Fotheringham – review

Swept up by the story of the 'greatest cyclist in the world'

Graham Robb

guardian.co.uk, Friday 16 March 2012 22.54 GMT


Eddy Merckx in action during the 1970 Tour de France. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Forget Lance Armstrong and his tidy seven victories in the Tour de France. Between 1961 and 1978, Eddy "the Cannibal" Merckx won 525 races, including five Tours de France, four Giros d'Italia and three world championships. He began his season in February and ended in October, a mess of saddle sores and cracked vertebrae. Unlike Armstrong, Merckx never saved himself for a particular event. If he went four days without winning a race, he would become depressed and say to his trainer: "I haven't won anything for a while."


Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike
by William Fotheringham

The son of a grocer in a Brussels suburb, Eddy was a shy and sensitive boy. He cried when his younger brother and sister told him that Père Noël did not exist; he cried when his teammates mocked him for liking rice pudding with flavoured syrup; and he cried when he discovered that the world of professional bike racing was rotten to the core. In the closed shop of Flemish riders (to be precise, riders from West Flanders), he was an outsider: a Flemish boy who had grown up speaking French. This is why he later became an icon of Belgian national unity and was often seen knocking back a few beers with his friend King Baudouin I.

Even ignoring the syringe-wielding soigneurs who stuffed their protégés with amphetamines – a subject almost totally absent from William Fotheringham's admiring biography – the cycling establishment was as ruthless as a dogfighting cartel. In 1964, young Eddy was diagnosed with a heart defect and dropped from the Belgian team competing in the world road championships. The problem, it turned out, was not his heart but corrupt selectors and dodgy doctors.

His solution was to win races so convincingly that no one would dare to leave him out. Anyone who enjoys the three-week-long soap opera of the Tour de France, and the complex meshing of tactics and personalities, would do better to read Fotheringham's fascinating biography of the British rider Tom Simpson, Put Me Back on My Bike. Merckx's style of racing could be summed up in two rules: 1. accelerate; 2. keep going and don't look back. Expert analysis of the Merckxian philosophy provided by Fotheringham's many interviewees amounts to this: "Mostly, he relied on pure power," "There were no tactics with Merckx". He would escape from the peloton with 100km to go, powering off into the sleet and the wind, elbows flailing with the effort, and not be seen again until the podium. Sometimes, the gap was so huge that the rider who came in second thought he'd won the race. In the Marseille stage of the 1971 Tour de France, spectators and camera crews were eating lunch, looking forward to the afternoon's entertainment, when "the Cannibal" shot across the deserted finish line, 90 minutes ahead of schedule.

This needless annihilation of his rivals, according to Fotheringham, was a result of Merckx's insecurity. He could never be absolutely certain that the gap was big enough. A puncture, a stray dog, one of the thousands of spectators who hated him for winning everything – any microscopic event might prevent a victory. To a fan who follows his favourite's nail-biting defence of a 10-second lead, this might sound perfectly sensible, but it is highly unusual in professional cycling. People who race down icy mountain roads at 70mph with a broken collar-bone tend not to be worriers. Merckx left nothing to chance. He was one of the first riders to take a "scientific" approach to racing. In those days, it didn't take much to be seen as a velocipedal Einstein. Even today, there are professional cyclists who couldn't change an inner tube or realign a brake block. Merckx was widely admired for carrying his own Allen key to make small adjustments to the height of his saddle. He obviously loved the machine on which he spent most of his life. He was said to have dismantled a bicycle just to find out how many components it had (1,125).

Fotheringham's aim in writing this book is to answer two questions: "How?" and "Why?". He comes closest to answering the first in a stirring description of the 1971 Tour de France. The Spanish rider Luis Ocaña had opened up an apparently unassailable lead of almost nine minutes. For the next few days, Merckx continued to claw back the seconds as though he expected Ocaña to crack. Every evening, he made mildly disparaging remarks about his rival to the press. Then came the Pyrenees. Descending the Col de Menté in a thunderstorm, both riders crashed. Merckx leapt back on his bike with a bruised knee, crashed again and finished the stage. Ocaña gave up. There was nothing seriously wrong with him, but, as he later wrote: "My fear became panic, and I felt I was dying." Merckx went on to win his third Tour.

This devastating combination of muscle and manipulation is strongly reminiscent of Merckx's friend Lance Armstrong. A small number of cyclists seem to have such a will to win that they wear down the opposition simply by existing. Which leaves the second question, "Why?". Fotheringham quotes various opinions expressed by cycling sages in that Homeric, comic-book style once beloved of French journalists: "He rides for the pleasure of glory … He earns money but his soul has remained pure"; "He is going to sleep in the purple cradle where living Gods are born". The most convincing answer comes from Claudine Merckx, wife of the taciturn, grumpy champion: "Eddy never looked for glory. He just wanted to be at peace with himself."

Writing a biography of Merckx is something of a sporting feat in itself. The endless string of victories leaves Fotheringham panting in the tyre tracks of his hero, and he has little more to offer at the end of his scrupulously researched book than exhausted clichés: "The like of Merckx will not be seen again. Cycling and sport may well be the poorer for it."

Merckx is evidently a courteous and generous man. When Fotheringham interviewed him in 1997, "the greatest cyclist in the world" went to meet him at the airport and waited "for my delayed flight with no sign of impatience, let alone annoyance". For anyone who had known "the Cannibal" in his hungry prime, it might have been a disappointment. Few sights in sport are more horrible than a cyclist at the end of a hard race: "When he got off his bike, his jerky gestures, livid skin, strangely focused look, his eyes sunk too far into his skull and the tic on one cheek twitching gave him the look of a madman. He was frightening to see."

• Graham Robb's The Discovery of France is published by Picador.

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Post  Nah Ville Sky Chick on Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:30 am

Oh I see, I didn't realise you were a serious cyclist. In that case YES you should do it. If I could cycle 70 miles in 6 hours I would go to the Isle of Wight every week affraid

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:53 am

I considered going as far as the bridge at Point of Rocks MD today, but I thought better of it.

The problem is that there is only one place to eat in Point of Rocks, and it might get really wild on St Patty's day. affraid


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Post  pinhedz on Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:08 am

"Eddy never looked for glory. He just wanted to be at peace with himself."
Sounds like a tag line.

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Post  pinhedz on Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:37 pm

The weatherman says it's a go for tomorrow. Very Happy affraid (not the full 300 miles, but an 85-mile loop from the W&OD trail across to the Maryland side at the Point of Rocks bridge, then down the C&O Canal path to White's Ferry, then back across to the Virginia side again and back onto the W&OD ).

High temp 52 degrees centigrade (no sweat--or maybe just a little).

Don't hold dinner for me--I'll be taking some long meal breaks.

We are indebted to the Gentry family for this photo of the lunch stop in the hamlet of Hamilton, taken while on holiday to Virginia:



That looks deceptively upscale, considering that the menu is burgers and pizza. Here's the interior, which looks good for bikers:



And later we will be dining at Jimmy's Tavern in Herndon:


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Post  pinhedz on Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:08 am

That was invigorating Very Happy

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:48 am

One sad note--The Deli that looked so festive when the neighbors were watching the bright green paint being applied is now boarded up. Neutral

And since Kerrigan's also had the gas pumps and the liquor store, they were essentially Centre Ville Point of Rocks, MD, so with all that boarded up, it's as if the town has ceased to exist. Crying or Very sad
pinhedz wrote:The problem is that there is only one place to eat in Point of Rocks, and it might get really wild on St Patty's day. affraid


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