Our last day on the C&O canal was a milestone. We crossed our 300-mile mark for the walk:
We walked through the Paw Paw tunnel:
And we slept in a schoolhouse. I don’t have a picture of it, but the Oldtown High School building is now owned by a nice fellow named Larry. Nobody would bid on the building at auction, so he bought it for $5,000 and runs several businesses, a restaurant, and a youth center out of it. He also let us spend the night in an old classroom, which kept us out if a nasty storm.
After a good night’s sleep and a breakfast at the School House Kitchen, we left Maryland and crossed into West Virginia.
We have been warned over and over that West Virginia is the toughest part of this entire trip – the terrain is brutal, the weather is unpredictable, and the people aren’t friendly. Well, we are now 28 miles into this beautiful state, and only the terrain us treating badly. The people and weather have been quite hospitable!
…the terrain is really rough, by the way.