How the Way of St. Francis compares to the Camino Frances in Spain

Many people who are interested in walking the Way of St. Francis (Via di Francesco) in Italy have already walked a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, very likely the Camino Frances (French Way.) in Spain. (And the names of these two routes are similar enough to create confusion for anyone not familiar enough with either.) … Continue reading How the Way of St. Francis compares to the Camino Frances in Spain

Pittsburgh to Washington wrap-up #3: recommendations

Pittsburgh from Washington Heights Several People have asked me about specific recommendations along the GAP and C&O towpath. I traveled at an unusual time of year, Labor Day weekend during a pandemic. This means that a lot of historical sites which I normally would recommend visiting, as well as restaurants, were either closed or had … Continue reading Pittsburgh to Washington wrap-up #3: recommendations

Pittsburgh to Washington Wrap-up #2: Gear

A few people who are contemplating riding either the GAP or C&O (or both) have asked about what kind of gear they need. Here is a brief rundown on what I had and recommendations. The Bike: four years ago I ventured into the world of "gravel" bikes with the purchase of a Specialized Sequoia. Sometimes … Continue reading Pittsburgh to Washington Wrap-up #2: Gear

Pittsburgh to Washington Wrap-up #1

It's now a week since I completed my trip from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C., cycling the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Towpath. Here is a recap on my ride and a few random thoughts about the route Mileage and averages SectionDistance in MilesHoursAverage SpeedPittsburgh to Connellsville60.25:0111.9Connellsville to Meyersdale58.15:1610.9Meyersdale to Cumberland33.142:4212.1Cumberland to Little Orleans45.664:2710.1Little Orleans … Continue reading Pittsburgh to Washington Wrap-up #1