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Day 2: Historic sites, trains & future plans

Written by Mila Sanina on .

Day 2 ended at Mile 72, in a small town in West Virginia called Shepherdstown, located just a few feet off the trail.

We pedaled for 37 miles. After the first day, each mile seemed to have been flying by faster. On our way, we met a lot of cyclists, who often greeted us with a  friendly, "Hello."We were lucky: the weather was great, not too hot, not too cloudy. Just perfect for cycling.
 
The trail often runs along the rail line and the trains kept blasting by as we were unsuccessfully trying to capture a perfect shot. There were lots of aqueducts and tunnels along the way: Monocacy Aqueduct, Catoctin Aqueduct and others. We passed by the railroad town of Brunswick on the way, some cyclists stopped there to grab lunch.
 
We made it to West Virginia in the end and had a long stop at Harpers Ferry at Mile 60. You should check that place out if you have never visited. The place breaths history ( I'd say the same about the trail in general as you come to realize that you are following  George Washington's steps, so to speak, from DC to Pittsburgh... albeit on two wheels). Harpers Ferry is situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers where Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia meet.It's part of Harpers Ferry National Historic Part and deserves a blog post of its own. 
 
Tomorrow the team will continue the trip, tomorrow they are scheduled to cover 52 miles, but I, unfortunately, had to come back to Pittsburgh and then am back to office on Monday. Good luck to the team!
We will keep following their adventures and update this blog. So, follow along...

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