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Washingtonians: Looking for scenic ride(5 posts)

Washingtonians: Looking for scenic ridesockey19
May 19, 2003 10:27 AM
I know there are lots of fellow Washingtonians out there...I just got a new Bianchi Veloce (my first real bike), and I'm bored of the Mt. Vernon trail and the W&OD.

Can anyone recommend a scenic ride in the DC area? I'm especially interested in the area near the mountains (ie western VA and MD, and West Virginia), but not with too many climbs (I'm not that good yet!) I can go about 70 miles in a day. Also, the less traffic, the better. Thanks!
buy a bookpmf1
May 19, 2003 10:36 AM
I bought a book of rides in the area at REI. There are several that start in Warrenton VA and go though the Shenandoah valley. Nice rides, good roads, little traffic, lots of hills. On a weekday, you can always go to Skyline Drive. Its not bad traffic wise. Starting from Front Royal, about 16 of the first 20 miles are up. Its nice on the way back.
Greater Washington Area Bicycle Atlasms
May 19, 2003 11:47 AM
The 1998 edition is out of print and the new edition is not available yet, but I have seen copies of the 1998 edition in local bookstores recently. I recommend it highly. Here is a link with information about it.

http://www.waba.org/new/paths/gwaba.php
re: scenic rides outside DCFredrico
May 19, 2003 11:07 AM
Montgomery County is great up to the NW. Sugarloaf mountain is up there, provides a nice sustained 2 mile climb. The bike path through Rock Creek Park is great on Sundays. They close off sections of Beach Drive so you can ride on the road with no cars. Take that Bianchi Veloce down to the mall and see the sights. You can take the paths down there too. Governor's Bridge Road parrallels route 50 east to Annapolis from Prince George's county, MD. Its an old stage coach route. Nice.

If you can't climb get fit in DC, like the Crescent Trail path that goes from Georgetown to Bethesda. There are plenty of nice steep hills in and out of Rock Creek Park that don't go for long.

Plenty of nice riding all around DC. Check out Potomac Pedalers and Reston bicycle Club sites for more ride info.
E-mail me and I can set you up with something nice.MB1
May 19, 2003 1:08 PM
franthis@iwon.com

Would you like to ride out of the city? I can forward you a 200K route starting in Georgetown that has 75 and 100 mile options.

Where did you buy your bike?