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Camping Supplies DC

I’m riding the C&O GAP trail starting in Georgetown on Oct 8. I’ll be traveling to DC from Atlanta to Union Station. Is there a camping supply store nearby where I could buy the little butane/propane canisters that go on an MSR pocket rocket camp stove? How about between Georgetown and Shepardstown WV?
posted Aug 19 2018 6:28PM - John McBurney, Greenville SC

There’s an REI a mile away on 2nd & M. How are you shipping your bike?
posted Aug 19 2018 8:16PM - Ty

REI supposedly carries those. There is an REI about six blocks north of Union Station. That's in the wrong direction from where you want to go. I think that's the only sure place between Union Station and perhaps Ohiopyle. The C&O Canal is pretty barren.
posted Aug 19 2018 8:21PM - Richard, Washington DC

REI in Washington and Harper’s Ferry has camping/hiking stores
posted Aug 19 2018 8:26PM - Anonymous

I’ll be coming on Amtrak. Thinking about smuggling a canister in my panniers on the train n
posted Sep 22 2018 3:07PM - John McBurney, Greenville SC

Call me old-fashioned, but if it is something you are instructed not to carry on a train, you should not carry it on the train. In this day and age law enforcement etc is alert to bad actors and you could be mistaken for one if you have a gas cannister in your bag. Perhaps you don't watch the news. There are people who are into setting off bombs in train stations. Just drop in an REI at your destination and pick one up there.
posted Sep 23 2018 5:43PM - Cathy, Pittsburgh

The REI is very close to Union Station, only a 10 minute walk and less than 5 min on bike. Easy option. Yes it's the wrong direction but not far enough away for that to make a difference.
posted Sep 26 2018 3:53PM - John, Greenbelt

Thanks to all for the info. Of course you are right that bringing a fuel canister on board is a bad idea born out of frustration over not knowing how I was going to get fuel for the first day. Now that issue is resolved. Hopefully REI will let me bring my loaded bike indoors and can make it a quick stop.
posted Sep 28 2018 8:02AM - John McBurney, Greenville SC


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