24 Miles at the Western Maryland Rail Trail

Posted: August 30, 2012 in Articles
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Yesterday we went on a bike ride at the Western Maryland Rail Trail, another bike trail that we love. Since the drive to the Western Maryland Rail Trail is about an hour and a half long, we don’t go there very often. On the ride there, we got stuck in a traffic jam because of an accident. A car had apparently careened off the road, smashed through two fences, flipped over, and crashed into a building. The car must have been going pretty darn fast to have done all that! I tried to snap a picture as were passing, but there were a bunch of cops in the way and by the time my camera was ready to take another picture, we were already past the accident. I’ll load on the picture anyway so that you can get an idea of what happened.

We drove until we reached a small town called Hancock. The trail starts about ten miles before Hancock, but we usually drive to Hancock because we like to go to the end of the trail. If we started from the beginning, it would be pretty hard to go all the way to the end and back because the trail is pretty long.

We got onto the trail and rode to the end and back to Hancock. There are a lot of interesting things to see on both sides of the trail. The scenery is very nice and there are also some old deserted houses beside the trail. The houses look old and wrecked up, but if they got fixed, then I would love to live in one of them. You can also see the C&O canal path at certain points because the Western Maryland Rail Trail goes beside the C&O for a while.

At one point, there are cliffs on the side of the trail because the trail also goes by a mountain. Near the middle of the trail, there is a stand with food, water, a bike to buy, and a sign that says “Trips back to Hancock etc. $10.00 per way,”. There are also signs that say Hancock 5 miles with an arrow pointing to Hancock. I guess the stand is for people who get hungry and tired and want to get back to civilization. Everything is pretty expensive. You can look at the pictures to see what everything costs. I know one thing, if I was stuck out there with a broken bike and it was getting dark, I still wouldn’t get a ride home because I never bring any money on bike rides.

Oh yeah, that reminds me. Today my inner tube on my bike popped while John and I were riding our bikes. I’m really glad it didn’t pop yesterday at the end of the trail. That would have been bad!

There is a farm on the side of the path. They have a big garden and a lake on their land. Usually, their dog barks at us, but this time we didn’t see him.

At the end of the trail, there is a big parking lot with a bathroom in one corner. There are never any cars there and it is very peaceful. We always rest there for a while, eat and drink, and then ride back. The total distance from Hancock to the end of the trail is about 12 miles, so whenever we do that bike ride from Hancock to the end and back we’re riding 24 miles. Anyway, we hope you like the pictures that we got.

by Dink

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