Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Sep 17 2006 - Antietam-Harpers Ferry Bike Ride (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Tom Reichelderfer
Participants:Tom Reichelderfer, michael thomey, josh McClung, Ruwan Alwis, ryan spahn

Write Up:
The weather for the day started out as somewhat overcast with a bit of fog. However, the fog quickly burned off and it turned out to be a pleasant day. We assembled at the Antietam National Battlefield Park visitor's center at Sharpsburg to begin our ride. Little did the organizer know when he organized the event that September 17th was the 144th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. Not only were there quite a few visitors at the park to commemorate the day, there were also reenactors in several areas of the park.

We began our journey by riding on some of the roads in the park, passing encampments of reenactors and several monuments. We then left the park and ventured onto some of the local roads on our way to the C&O Canal. The group seemed pretty thankful when we left the hills behind and reached the level towpath at Lock 37. We then road on the towpath to town of Harpers Ferry.

Most of us opted for lunch at a local BBQ joint. After lunch, we walked around town a bit and several of us got ice cream. We then returned to our bikes for the ride back to Antietam on the towpath.

On our return ride, we made a small detour from the towpath onto a smooth paved road that parallels the canal due to some having sore posteriors from riding on the towpath with its gravel and tree roots. We then tackled a few more hills before we made it back to the visitor's center in Sharpsburg.

-Tom Reichelderfer

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