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“If you’re not moving, you’re standing  still.”


Steve Trafton

Trek from Washington DC to Pittsburgh

At a little 5:00 that evening I stopped and set up camp at Horseshoe Bend Campground (milepost 79.2) and enjoyed a quiet night camping out along side the river after a 24.2 mile day.


The next morning I got started at 7:30 and set off for Williamsport. The early morning walk beside the canal was especially tranquil because of the lack of local hikers out on the trail at that early hour. Because of severe erosion of the trail caused by flooding beyond milepost 84.4 the path takes a detour for 4.7 up out of the river valley, along farm roads and back down to the towpath at McMahon’s Mill (milepost 88.1).


The towpath then continues along the canal, past Lock #s 41, 42 and 43 and on under the Interstate 81 Bridge which crosses into West Virginia (milepost 98.5) just south of Williamsport. The day ended at Lock #44 on the south side of Williamsport (milepost 99.1). Here I met my brother Byron who had driven up from Washington DC to pick me up. After five days on the Canal I planned on going home for a few weeks before returning and continuing on to the end of trail at Cumberland.

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