Bicycling the C&D Canal Trail

 "Bike, Hike or Run, Walk on the newly completed Ben Cardin C&D Canal Trail. The Trailhead to Maryland’s portion of this new waterfront trail sits at the foot of North Chesapeake City’s Lock Street, adjacent to the town Ferry Dock.  The Ben Cardin segment of the Trail connects with Delaware’s Mike Castle Trail and wanders along the canal, end to end, for 17 miles to Delaware City. A short distance from Chesapeake City’s trailhead is Schaefers Restaurant and Canal Bar. In season, Chesapeake City’s Town Ferry is available for trail users to cross the canal to the South Side of Chesapeake City for shopping and more dining opportunities. Bike racks are installed at the Trailhead and at Schaefers Restaurant."

"Bike, Hike or Run, Walk on the newly completed Ben Cardin C&D Canal Trail. The Trailhead to Maryland’s portion of this new waterfront trail sits at the foot of North Chesapeake City’s Lock Street, adjacent to the town Ferry Dock.

The Ben Cardin segment of the Trail connects with Delaware’s Mike Castle Trail and wanders along the canal, end to end, for 17 miles to Delaware City. A short distance from Chesapeake City’s trailhead is Schaefers Restaurant and Canal Bar. In season, Chesapeake City’s Town Ferry is available for trail users to cross the canal to the South Side of Chesapeake City for shopping and more dining opportunities. Bike racks are installed at the Trailhead and at Schaefers Restaurant."

Saturday February 10th was forecast to be very wet but warm, so we loaded up our bicycles and drove to North Chesapeake City, to ride the trail along the C&D Canal.  It's 32 miles from Chesapeake City to Delaware City and back, the farthest I've ever rode.  Dobbs, having bicycled long distances in his youth, helped set the pace.

Rain started just as we arrived at the trailhead, around 11:15am.  It showered as we rode along and passed other smiling, wet cyclists and walkers.  Our foul weather gear kept us dry.

A short clip of bicycling the C&D Canal Trail as a barge passes.

Riding through Summit North, Dobbs and I reminisced about the summer we lived there aboard our 1973 O'Day 27, "Walden".  The paved trails we rode were mere dirt paths back then, but we enjoyed walking them.  We're glad that they've been made into something that benefits the community.  A special treat came when the railroad bridge lowered just as we approached, and we got to watch a train go by.  Our loves in this order: Boating, Bicycling, Trains.  Our day was complete!

We continued on to the park at St. George's and stopped for a picnic lunch.  

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On the outskirts of Delaware City, the trail borders an old African American cemetery for the residents of Polktown, a historically segregated community nearby.

We rode all the way through Delaware City, until we were standing on the bulkhead, looking out over the Delaware River. 

A fog was setting in, but we could make out Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island in the distance. 

Departing DE City, the rain came in earnest and the fog grew thick - we heard a ship's fog horn from the canal.  By the time we returned to Chesapeake City, at 4:30pm, the Route 213 bridge was barely visible.  

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Dobbs loaded the bikes and drove us home to hot showers, dry clothes, and dinner by the fire.  We'd gotten pretty chilled.  A hearty spaghetti dinner tasted delicious!  Tonight, I'm grateful for jarred spaghetti sauce and dried noodles - is there anything easier and yet so tasty?