Details on biking the GAP and the C&O Canal
By Nancy Szokan,
Alamo, Budget, National and other car rental companies offer one-way, one-day rentals of minivans or SUVs with pickup at Reagan National and drop-off in the Pittsburgh area starting at $123.
Amtrak has one train a day to and from Pittsburgh for $47 plus modest bicycle shipping charges.
WHERE TO STAY
Inn at Lenora’s
301 Liberty St.
Renovated Victorian in quiet town just up the hill from the trail; good restaurant on site for dinner. Rooms from $100.
Levi Deal Mansion
301 Meyers Ave.
Beautifully restored 1900 house has Gilded Age elegance, modern amenities and sophisticated breakfast. Rooms from $130.
Buck Valley Ranch
1344 Negro Mountain Rd.
Western-style mountain resort, with homey 1930s guesthouse, an outdoor pool and hot tub. Will pick up bicyclists from the trail. $90 a person includes a hearty dinner and breakfast.
WHERE TO EAT
White House Restaurant
515 Thomas St.
Unpretentiously good food and bar; known for the tasty fried haddock. Entrees start at $12.50.
482 Hughart St.
Homestyle cooking on a charming town square. Open for lunch every day but Monday, and early dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Sandwiches start at $2.10, dinner entrees at $8.35.
BIKING THE TRAILS
Great Allegheny Passage
P.O. Box 501
Offers 141 miles of hiking and biking between Homestead, Pa. (near Pittsburgh) and Cumberland, Md. See Web site for maps, elevations, information on food and lodging, weather and history.
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park
1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Towpath runs for 184.5 miles along the canal. See Web site for map, food and lodging, history, biking tips and more.