Day 5 - Meyersdale to River's Edge Family Campground - 60 miles
After crossing the Eastern Continental Divide, it was supposed to be all down hill, I guess it was but it was hard to tell. I met up with my final riding companion in the morning and we took off on the super highway, the GAP Trail. This trail is well groomed and much faster riding than the C&O Canal.
I recommend stopping for lunch at River's Edge Cafe and sit on the deck overlooking the river. It was a welcomed lunch of greens, after eating camp food for 4 days. Every town I rode through on day 5 was filled with every amenity you could possibly want. The GAP Trail does not have water pumps like the ones scattered throughout the C&O Canal, the only water available is from the restaurants or convenience stores in the towns.
The bridge crossings along this section of trail were well maintained and architecturally interesting. Because there weren't potholes or large rocks to navigate on this section of trail, I was able to look around an admire the scenery. There is even a possibility that there was a mountain lion cub sighting.
The River's Edge Family Campground requires a nightly fee but it does offer a warm shower and electricity! It's not every day you can shower while camping! There is a special lot just for riders on the trail, the website might say a two-night minimum for tent sites, but that doesn't apply to cyclist on the GAP trail.