Welcome to the Western Maryland Scenic Ride!
This ride is classified as a "gravel ride" but is actually a rails-to-trails ride on the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal Towpath. The ride offers riders riders an opportunity to stay in the historic mountain town, Frostburg, MD with access to several landmarks along the trail. It's a fantastic early season ride that will accommodate riders of all levels. Riders can choose to ride any length they desire.
This ride is FREE to all members.
We arranged for a small room block of only 10 rooms at the historic Hotel Gunter. To be assigned one of these rooms, you must contact Bob Vano. See his number below. Call...DO NOT email. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR THIS RIDE AND TAKE A ROOM IF YOU ARE NOT FULLY COMMITTED TO ATTENDING. Check-in is available for Thursday, May 19th or you can check-in on Friday, May 20th. Parking is located to the rear of the hotel. Early check-in may be available but is not guaranteed. Room rates vary depending on which type of room you request.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Once a room is assigned to you, the cancellation policy is 72 hours prior to your arrival. If not canceled with a 72-hour notice, you will be responsible for the cost of your room.
Here's What We'll Do
On Friday, May 20th, we'll rendezvous in Frostburg, MD at the trailhead along the GAP at 9:45 AM and begin our ride at 10:00 AM.
We'll ride towards Rockwood, PA. Feel free to pack your own lunch and carry it if you prefer but there are places in both Meyersdale (16 miles) and Rockwood (28 miles) that might fit your desires. The only PLANNED lunch stop will be at one of several scenic stops along the way where we could enjoy a packed lunch with a view.
After a break for lunch, we'll ride back to Frostburg. This ride offers you several scenic landmarks: The Mason-Dixon Line, The Big Savage Overlook, The Big Savage Tunnel, the Eastern Continental Divide, and if you go beyond Meyersdale, the Salisbury Viaduct.
From the hotel, you'll have access to visiting downtown Frostburg on foot to browse shops and visit restaurants.
Dinner is planned for 6:00 PM at The Deep End, Frostburg's newest brewhouse and taproom. It's conveniently located across the street from Hotel Gunter. We have a reservation for 25 people but can change it, if necessary, to accommodate more. When you contact Bob about your hotel room, please let him know if you plan to attend this dinner.
On Saturday, May 21st, we'll head the opposite direction on the GAP trail and descend into Cumberland, MD where the GAP joins the C & O Canal Towpath trail. Cumberland has different shops and restaurants to visit if you like.
From Cumberland, your return to Frostburg will be a gradual grade of 2-3% for 16 miles. This is a great way to improve your muscular endurance in the early season. Roundtrip to and from Cumberland will be 32 miles. But feel free to ride as far as you like. The Paw Paw Tunnel is 30 miles from Cumberland and would make for a very long day in the saddle if you go that far. You could always shave off the 16 mile hill and do a remote start in Cumberland and ride the 60 mile round trip to the Paw Paw Tunnel. Just a thought...since you can customize your own ride.
We are leaving Saturday evening open for other dinner plans amongst members or for those who desire to not stay 2 nights and return home in the evening.
Each participant is responsible for their own travel, food, entertainment, and accommodations expenses. Otherwise, this is a club ride that has no other fees.