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Bike tour to feature tales of Western Maryland's Rail Trail

September 28, 2012

History buffs or those interested in a scenic bike ride are invited to take part in a guided tour featuring tales of the Western Maryland Rail Trail’s past and the plans for its future, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the C&O Bicycle Shop in Hancock.

“During the tour, participants will see the relics of past modes of transportation, which played an important role in making the area what it is today,” said Park Ranger Andy Vecchio.

The rail trail was a former railway that now serves as 22-mile long, paved walking and biking trail. A park ranger will lead the tour and explain how the former Western Maryland Railway shaped the area. Participants will also learn about the recreational use and future expansion plans of the trail.

The guided tour will last about four hours, taken at leisurely pace and will cover approximately 20 miles round-trip. The tour is on a mostly paved, flat surface, suitable for people of most ages and fitness levels. It will be held rain or shine.

Participants should dress for the weather and pack sunscreen and insect repellant. Everyone should bring water and a snack or lunch. Bike helmets are required for riders under age 16 and encouraged for all others.

The C&O Bicycle Shop is at 9 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Hancock. The shop offers bike rentals and can be contacted at 301-678-6665.

For more information, call 301-842-2155.

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