That washout has been there since 6/18. It used to be much worse: no path up, so you kind of had to hoist the bike up over your shoulder at a location well to the left of the bridge, if you are going eastward. Summer 2018 I had a loaded ebike+trailer so there was no hoisting for me. I had to take the very unpleasant roads around ....25 miles this weekend with 9 of us from the local bike shop group on the gravel C&O tow path from Point of Rocks (Maryland) into Harper's Ferry (West Virginia). Terrific ride with a super, super fun group. We all ride at about the same level and speed, so that's a plus. Chilly and overcast, 41°f (5°c).
Enroute to our destination there had been a trail washout a month or so back so bad that the Park Service had closed the path and put in a detour that would have warmed the heart of any mountain biker. The pic doesn't do the slope justice, but trust me when I say it was steep enough for feet to slip pushing a bike. The group walked their bikes down and up. My ebike barely made the slope at highest assist, lowest gear. I had to put in the best of my own power to make it up the steepest side still on the bike. Barely made it to the top.
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My ebike sitting on the detour bridge over the creek. The trail washout (which swept away an entire section of the old historic tow path) is seen in the background (before the stone bridge of the RR tracks). There is only a remnant of the 1800s bridge remaining (seen just above the back of my bike in the photo)
The red thing on the back rack of my LaFree is actually a battery cover since the temps were high 30s to low 40 degrees (f). Had to custom make a cover due to the way the battery slides into the rack - it is a precise fit in the rack, including a special locking slide for accurate placement, with no room for a full cover. The quilted fabric obviously did the job of helping keep my 400w battery warm since I ended up with over 50% battery still left at the end of the ride even though I used the middle assist (200%) pretty much the entire way. The normal capacity for 3rd level assist is 53 miles. Despite the cold weather, my battery was still performing at optimum.
The red thing on the front fork is a big red Christmas bow. I'm ready for the holidays!!
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The photo was taken on the way back to Point of Rocks. I rode ahead of the group to set myself up to take photos. I did take photos of the crossing going east to west, but it was everyone's backs. Not as interesting a series of photos to share.That washout has been there since 6/18. It used to be much worse: no path up, so you kind of had to hoist the bike up over your shoulder at a location well to the left of the bridge, if you are going eastward. Summer 2018 I had a loaded ebike+trailer so there was no hoisting for me. I had to take the very unpleasant roads around ....
I’m puzzled by the length of time it’s taken to fix this, but last I heard it was out on bid.
The hill after the bridge isn’t too bad, but I would not ride down it. Why did you ride up it if you were going to Harper’s Ferry? Or was this on the way back to Point of Rocks?
Note: this is the low-water solution. After a good rain, you have to find an alternative if you are on an ebike.
The group is a gathering of a really fun, relaxed, easy going people. Very enjoyable to ride with and socialize. Our group leaders are always looking for enjoyable rides with places to see. In two weeks we'll be doing an evening hour ride around town to see the houses all lit with Christmas lights and decorations. We'll have our own bikes decorated with lights as well.Looks like a a fun ride with a great group.
I’m curious what the other cyclists thought of your ebike after your ride up that steep slope?
R2R …Nothing like being young on a fast bike!