This is the first segment of a cross-country e-bike ride inspired by an historic military convoy that followed the Lincoln Highway in 1919. Ike Eisenhower was a reporting officer of the convoy. His experience would ultimately lead to the creation of the US Interstate Highway System.
We're Going to Get There: That's All
Expedition Commander, 1919 Convoy
This segment of the route connects Washington DC with Pittsburgh. The trail follows the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), not the convoy's route via Fredericksburg and Gettysburg.
Segment Rating Summary
This is an easy segment to ease into long distance e-biking as charging the bike is not an issue if you plan your accommodation well. There is no electricity at the free NPS campsites. You will have to go to the canal towns or camping sites with electricity to recharge batteries.
The red line is the e-bike route. Red markers indicate stops by the historic military convoy that left Washington DC on July 7, 1919. TH markers indicate trail head markers.
Towns and Camping Sites
Places to charge your e-bicycle, eat and rest during our route. The red line is the biking route. The blue line follows Google's biking directions. Click on the legend in the top left corner for more details.
Red markers indicate campgrounds with electricity (please always double check). Green campsites most likely have no electricity to charge your e-bike.
Where we Stayed
We stayed overnight at the following locations. Distances are in miles
Washington, DC to Harpers Ferry. MD
Huckleberry Hill Campsite - NPS
Harpers Ferry to Hagerstown. MD
Hagerstown to Little Orleans, MD
Indigo Neck Campground - NPS
Little Orleans to Cumberland. MD
Cumberland to Ohiopyle. PA
Ohiopyle to Pittsburgh. PA
Other Segments of the Cross Country Tour
Pros and Cons of this Segment
The C&O and Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trails are well established and popular with through-bikers and day visitors
This first segment of the Lincoln Highway E-bike Tour is a great testing ground for going cross country. If you enjoy this route, you may enjoy the rest of the trip. If it is too difficult, train some more or enjoy shorter rides. You only have nine more segments and 3,101 miles to go from Pittsburgh to San Francisco. You can do it!