Once the sunny season arrives, people looking to maximize open-air mobility will chainsaw the tops off their cars, affix wheels and motors to sofas, and lounge in hammocks strung between biplanes flying side by side. Roll with the breeze with today's Groupon: for $20, you get an all-day bike rental from Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle (up to a $40 value), located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Rentals are available Wednesday through Monday.
Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle offers a range of bikes and boats for traversing the terrain of the area. Choose a Specialized Crossroads comfort bike ($40 for full day), a Specialized Hardrock mountain bike ($40 for full day), or a Specialized 24" Hotrock kid's bike ($35 for full day) for your velocipedic travels. Area attractions include the clay and crushed stone of the C & O Canal Towpath and the Civil War battlefield of Antietam. You can also use today's Groupon toward a rental of a canoe or kayak ($35–$55), allowing you to tour the sites of some of the Revolutionary War's famed underwater battles between the colonists and the sea-people.
The joys of riding a bicycle are many and beloved by many. Smells, which are dulled to undetectable levels in four-wheeled transit, are piquant from the fresh-air perch of a bicycle seat. The scenery of the country or of the city—its alleyways, byways, and other quaint little ways—comes to life in a colorful panorama of shops, sidewalk folk, nature birds, and little dogs. Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle's comfortable and well-tuned bikes effortlessly roll over obstacles such as flower planters, shopping carts, and flower planters stacked on top of shopping carts.
Rentals are subject to availability, so call ahead to reserve your bike, kayak, or canoe.
- So, the Pedal & Paddle seems to be the perfect combination for beautiful and historic Shepherdstown, a natural stop along the towpath. It’s convenient, too, for the students, staff and faculty of Shepherdstown University, founded as a state teacher’s college in 1872. Previously, the closest full-service bike shop for enthusiasts was in Frederick. – Ron Cassle, Frederick News Post