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Wash., DC area riders: Been on S. Glen Rd. lately?(4 posts)

Wash., DC area riders: Been on S. Glen Rd. lately?commuterguy
Oct 28, 2002 8:08 AM
I recently rediscovered South Glen Road (in Potomac MD) as a more bike friendly option to River Road when biking to and from Poolesville. In my youth, this road was essentially rural: very little traffic, nice woods and scenery. Yesterday, it reminded me of euro-style automobile rally racing: lots of cars, going very fast, even passing on blind corners.

Is this typical? If so, I will revert back to River Road. At least it has a shoulder, so you don't have to actually share the road itself with motorists. I hate to give up on S. Glen though: is still seems quite bucolic (although there are lots of mansions being built on it--perhaps that is the source of the traffic).
We ride on it a lot. Sometimes it is good but not always.MB1
Oct 28, 2002 8:19 AM
The same can be said for River Road (I have seen some crazy things on River Road). The earlier in the day you go through there the better.

Coming back from the Poolesville area in the afternoon we often take River to Seneca to Esworthy to the C&O Canal and ride on the tow path for 5 miles to Great Falls to miss all that afternoon SUV Potomac Village traffic.


BTW, you gonna ride with us sometime??? I suspect you see us on the CCT all the time.
We ride on it a lot. Sometimes it is good but not always.commuterguy
Oct 28, 2002 8:31 AM
Thanks for the feedback. Do you ride on the C&O on road bikes (and 23 mm road tires)? That was also a favorite ride of my youth, but I haven't ridden it in ages.

I would love to ride with you, but I don't know if I could keep up. Plus, my weekend (fun) rides are very much spur-of-the-moment, can-I-fit-it-in our overscheduled weekend deals. As a consequence, my meagre 55 mile ride yesterday has me feeling as though I went skiing--muscles I didn't even know I had are very sore. It was beautiful--S Glen to Esworthy to Old River Road (I think) to Montevideo, then some roads whose names I don't know (past Homestead Farm) to Poolesville (for more drinks and some rest), then back on West Willard to River to Travilah to S. Glen etc. Maybe someday I will actually be able go deep into Frederick County for a proper century.
Road tires are no problem if it is dry.MB1
Oct 28, 2002 8:44 AM
If it has rained in the last couple of days the C&O Towpath is not the place to be.