A Well Done Walk
MY brother and his wife Carole just completed hiking the Chesapeake and Ohio trail along the old C and O barge canal, all 184.5 miles of it. Well done guys.
Richard and Carole are in their '60's and were marathon runners in their earlier days. Carole has always been fit. Richard in the last year lost 50 pounds and had knee replacements. I admire their effort as hiking has never been a big interest of mine, (I prefer canoeing). These days my arthritic knees would make such hiking painful. I certainly don't envy them their blistered and bruised feet.
They traversed this historic and scenic trail in ten days camping some nights and staying in B and B's when the weather was rainy, and there was some rain. I enjoyed their daily brief descriptions of their trek which began in Georgetown by Washington and ended in Cumberland Maryland. I wish they had written more about the historical points they passed. They went by Harper's Ferry without a mention. Perhaps, once home, in Charlotte, NC., they will write a more extensive account.
For a map of the trail visit http://www.bikewashington.org/canal/ To read more information http://www.nps.gov/choh/
Below is a brief video I located to give you a sense of this trail's natural setting. They did not make this video.