For the past three weeks I've been working from home and exercising by walking around the neighborhood. This past weekend I really wanted to go for a long walk and have a change of scenery. Mid March I went to Great Falls (which was great, btw) but the towpath between Great Falls Tavern and the Billy Goat Trail was pretty crowded and I wanted to go somewhere it was easier to maintain my social distance.
I went further north up the canal to get away from the crowds. I skipped Swain's Lock because it is close enough to Great Falls it gets some of that traffic and it has a small parking area. There are several other spots that are just a short distance further, the one I chose was Rileys Lock which is conveniently on Rileys Lock Road. This is where Seneca Creek joins the Potomac River.
There were other people there, walking, running, and hiking but they were easy enough to keep a distance from. You can see from these first two pictures that much of the time there was no one in sight.
If you choose to bike there, be warned, the tow path isn't as smooth after Riley's lock as it is before and there are muddy areas. Since it hasn't rained hard in a while they were generally easy to avoid, but in past years when I've gone it has occasionally been treacherous.
Here's a father that will let nothing get in a way. He was riding on a bicycle built for two with his pre-teen child helping pedal. Behind that were two more kids in a double trailer (one behind the other) and behind that was another trailer with 3 bikes in it. I can only imagine the amount of energy pedaling that took.
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