It's been 250 years since the French and Indian War, when George Washington, a young colonial officer, made his way from the eastern seaboard past the forks of the Ohio River, where Pittsburgh now stands. It was a dangerous journey and a miserable return trip—shot at by Indians, knocked off his raft into the icy Allegheny River—lasting 78 days. Today Washington's route (or close to it) has been tamed, turned into the 334-mile Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath–Great Allegheny Passage. Starting in Georgetown, the C&O–GAP rolls across Maryland and through Pennsylvania's Appalachian Mountains to create the longest unpaved bike path in the East. Yet unlike Washington, you won't be able to complete the tour no matter how warm the weather (or how nice the natives). The British are standing in the way.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Let us know what bike shop you like, and why.
By Tom Held of the Journal Sentinel
Jan. 11, 2010
The parking structure in O'Donnell Park was a safe haven from the elements, but not the law, for eleven local bike polo players, who reportedly were arrested and ticketed for trespassing on the county-owned property Sunday night.
Jacob Newborn, one of the leaders in the Milwaukee Bike Polo Club, reported that sheriff's deputies broke up a game about 6 p.m., then took the participants and players to jail for ticketing and processing. They were released in the wee hours of Monday morning, according to Newborn.
The tickets carry fines of $263.50.
Gerald Herbert / AP
Cyclists ride on the C&0 Canal towpath near Cumberland, Md.
The Last Mile
By Debra Weiner | NEWSWEEK
Published Jan 15, 2010
From the magazine issue dated Jan 25, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010