We’re in Hagerstown, and will head tomorrow 7 miles to Williamsport. The C&O canal is pretty flat and a bit upward to Cumberland MD, which is 93 miles away but there’s not much in the way of lodging between here and there since the B&B in Paw Paw I was hoping for (65 miles) doesn’t answer the phone and their web site is gone. After Cumberland, you can see we have a bad upward stretch, but “it’s all downhill from there”.
I think “Maria’s Hill” from yesterday was South Mountain. The canal saves us going through Sideling and Blue Ridge. The route up to the Eastern Continental Divide is limestone (not so great) but has a maximum grade of 1.75% (good).
We slept so late that when we went down to breakfast the Oriole-Yankee game was on! We felt better when we realized this was some sort of 9 a.m. start.