In another 10 miles we cross a very picturesque bridge over the Casselman River. Good photo-op. 10 miles after that is the Maynard Sembower memorial hut in Rockwood - first rest stop and toast to Maynard Sembower. In 12 more miles (roughly 42 on the odometer) we come into Meyersdale, which is where we stop for lunch.
Once again, it’s the old train station that lets you know you’re there. When you get to the road at the end of the station, turn right and go down the hill (you’ll cross real RR tracks). On the right is the GI Dayroom Coffee Shop (weird name, but good food), for lunch. There is a sandwich shop at the top of the hill which avoids the steep climb back up.
After lunch, continue on the trail. We have about 10 more miles of a slow grind uphill until we hit the Mt. Savage Tunnel. After that, it’s all down hill!! The Savage Tunnel has some lights, but beware, there are another couple of smaller tunnels WITH NO LIGHTS, so have your light on BEFORE you start tearing down that hill (because you won’t want to stop to turn it on).
The trail takes you all the way into Cumberland and will end at the Crabby Pig just past the C&O Canal visitor center (look for Mule statue), where we will pick up the canal the next day. Head farther down the trail and look for the Marriott Fairfield Inn. To get to the Ramada, go back under the bridge, take right on W Harrison St and left on S George St.
Dinner is on your own but reservations have been made at Baltimore St Grill and Ristorante Ottaviani.