DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
98 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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10 months ago

This trail was much longer than we'd realized. From Chesapeake City, MD to Delaware City, DE one way was just over 15 miles and linked the Ben Cardin trail to the Michael Castle trail to another trail which doubled the length. I really wanted to go to Delaware City but didn't realize how many miles that added.

Once in Delaware City, we walked around the charming town for a bit, enjoying the water views and historical information. Due to our late start (we arrived in DE city at 5:45ish), the ferry and public restrooms were closed, unfortunately. However we had passed a couple of rest areas along the trail, so I just hit one if those on the way back, the first (Biddle Point) being about 2 miles from DE city. Be sure to bring along some money for refreshments at the trail heads!
The trip back was a rush to get there due to the time. I had wanted to stop at the old cemetery but sadly we couldn't afford to take the time. Thankfully, it was well lit along the canal but it was pretty dark in the sections that went away from the water. We almost hit a gate on our last one of those steep up/downhill sections since it was so dark. Somehow we both manage to avoid that accident, as we were separated after the steep uphill just prior.
Felt great to finally see that bridge over the Chesapeake and ultimately pull into the marina! We did a quick change in the parking lot and hit the Grain h2o in Bear, DE (we'd passed it halfway along the trail), for some much needed refreshment and relaxation. The beer, food, service, live music and atmosphere were just what we needed after our shocking 30+ mile bike trip.
Next time (and there will definitely be a next time!) we will start at Grain h2o and bike to one end and/or the other (most likely the Delaware City end, as it was more interesting).