Scenic Biking Adventure


My biking adventure is ongoing. This was a 4th of July weekend. Instead of going to the beach, I decided to do some ‘stay-cay-tion’. To be honest, with my husband’s crazy DMV 270/495 commute to Herndon or Crystal City, Virginia area on weekdays since last few months, I didn’t wanted him to drive more, and to go anywhere. So this weekend was a perfect opportunity to take it easy and relax. July 4th passed in a traditional way, with evening bar-bqs with close friends and family; and fireworks. It has been a little rainy in past few days. The rainy days are than balanced with pockets of hot weather and humid days. We managed to find a perfect day to test our biking rack and yes finally go on a real biking adventure. We decided to go to a campground in Brunswick, Maryland. Not being a family that camps, we do know family which goes camping and we had spent a day with them over there while they were camping there for few days last year. The Brunswick camp is located near Potomac River and C & O Canal and one can do tubing, biking, kayaking and canoeing there besides camping. We decided to just stick with biking that day. Upon arrival we found out that there are two routes for biking and both are kid and family friendly. We decided to take the route which would take us towards Harper’s Ferry; a small town in West Virginia with well-preserved history of Civil war. Our route was 5.2 miles each way, with C &O Canal running on one side and Potomac River sometimes calmly floating and sometimes raging onto the other side. As I started biking I realized that the breeze is much cooler and we have a canopy of trees over our bike path to protect us from the sun. The sun would only come through those dense branches of tress on rare occasions. We would bike and stop to take breaks and enjoy the scenic Potomac River till we reached the bridge that would take us to Harper’s Ferry.


Photo Credit : By the Author- Harper’s Ferry Bridge 


Our initial thought was to take our bikes up to the stairs with us on the top of the bridge, but then we decided it would be easier to chain our bikes and just walk across. So we did that. We were rewarded with the scenic view of raging Potomac on either side and could see Harper’s Ferry Town on the other side. As we reached the town, tired and wanting to sit in a cool place we decided to have lunch in one of the historic town buildings from Civil War era that were converted into modern day restaurant. It was much needed break for us as we splashed our faces with cold water in the restrooms and then had a good burger, with fries of course. With our bellies full, we decided to head back.


About Sumaira

Hello, My name is Sumaira Ahmed and I am a student at University of Maryland College Park. My major is Communication. In addition to that I am a mom of two beautiful kids,1 cockatoo and 4 parakeets and a wife. To peruse my degree in Communication is a dream come true and I hope it helps me open many doors to a new kind of exciting work later on.
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