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Need help from DC riders(4 posts)

Need help from DC ridersBullets
May 4, 2001 10:13 AM
I am a mountain biker through and through and because of that, I need your help. I have been tasked with planning some of the route that 15-20 cyclist of varying ability will take from the Capitol Building in DC to Wilton, Connecticut. The route to Connecticut is pretty well planned, but getting out of DC is proving to be a problem. What is the safest way to exit the city on a bike. The route should ideally be simple to follow and avoid lots of traffic. We are riding out on a Saturday Morning and I do suppose that an early start would eliminate some of the traffic concerns. Though our Journey does take us north to Connecticut it is not imperative that the route out of DC take us north, we just want to get everyone out of the city safely.

Thanks a lot
I really appreciate it.
re: Need help from DC ridersjbrown2036
May 4, 2001 1:18 PM
Kinda off the wall, but I would take the Mt Vernon trail over to the WO&D and head up to Harper's Ferry-The first 100 miles or so will be fairly flat and will make a nice begining. Good luck on your trip.
re: Need help from DC ridersScott B
May 4, 2001 1:28 PM
From the Capitol, head across the mall to the Lincoln Memorial. Get on the Rock Creek bike path next to the river (behind the Lincoln Memorial) and take it up to Beach Drive. On weekends, Beach Drive is closed in portions to motorized traffic up to the DC/MD line. Continue north on Beach Drive to Garrett Park Road, and get on the bike path. That will take you at least as far as Lake Needwood. Where you go from there I have no idea, but that will get you a good 10 miles or so north of the Beltway, with minimal exposure to traffic.
Mountain Bikes -- Use the C&O CanalGreg Taylor
May 5, 2001 7:21 AM
This is a no-brainer --

Pick up the C&O Canal in Georgetown (near the Watergate) and you can take it all the way up to Cumberland, Maryland, 184 miles due north. Follows the Potomac river. Smooth, flat DIRT. Very pretty.

There is also the "Capital Cresent" trail that you also pick up in Georgetown, that takes you out to Montogomery County in Maryland.

One alternative is to check out the "Washington Urban ATB" website (I don't have the link here on this computer...) that gives a route from Washington to Baltimore. It is pretty circuitious, and you are eventually spit out onto Route 40, heading to Aberdeen. Not pleasant at all. I did that route last year on a tour that our gang took around the Chesapeake bay...