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Old 10-18-2013, 07:49 AM   #3946
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Not quite 'all street'...

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Yeah, all street. I wouldn't subject anyone else to my slow gravel pace on the TU250x.
Hey guys, won't be able to join, but I would like to mention that River Rd. from Edwards Ferry to Whites Ferry is gravel. I ride this route home from work a couple times a week, Alexandria to L'burg. It's not technical, and you certainly bounce up to Whites Ferry Rd on Willard or Edwards Ferry if you're not into it. Happy Trails!
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:50 AM   #3947
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Hey guys, won't be able to join, but I would like to mention that River Rd. from Edwards Ferry to Whites Ferry is gravel. I ride this route home from work a couple times a week, Alexandria to L'burg. It's not technical, and you certainly bounce up to Whites Ferry Rd on Willard or Edwards Ferry if you're not into it. Happy Trails!
Thanks for the heads up! I think we've added a couple of gravel sections anyway, but good to know.
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:12 AM   #3948
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I would like to mention that River Rd. from Edwards Ferry to Whites Ferry is gravel. ... It's not technical, and you certainly bounce up to Whites Ferry Rd on Willard or Edwards Ferry if you're not into it. Happy Trails!
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Done it on a Ducati Monster so you should be fine, it's actually pretty decent in most parts, just be careful for other vehicles in the blind turns.

If you want to head a bit further north, you could loop Sugarloaf Mountain: Sugarloaf Mtn. Road -> Thurston Rd. -> Peters Rd. (rough at points) -> Park Mills Rd. -> Mt. Ephraim Rd.
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:25 AM   #3949
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Done it on a Ducati Monster so you should be fine, it's actually pretty decent in most parts, just be careful for other vehicles in the blind turns.

If you want to head a bit further north, you could loop Sugarloaf Mountain: Sugarloaf Mtn. Road -> Thurston Rd. -> Peters Rd. (rough at points) -> Park Mills Rd. -> Mt. Ephraim Rd.
That does look like an awesome loop. Unfortunately to do it and be back by my deadline, I would probably have to leave at 5:00.

If others who are riding want to try, I am game, I will just have to probably run back on 15 in a hurry and cut out Bull Run Mountain Road etc.

I also hesitate when I see "rough at points" noted on this website.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:57 PM   #3950
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Hey guys, won't be able to join, but I would like to mention that River Rd. from Edwards Ferry to Whites Ferry is gravel. I ride this route home from work a couple times a week, Alexandria to L'burg.
--Curious about that commute. Does it occur during normal rush hours? How does that route work?
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:06 PM   #3951
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That does look like an awesome loop. Unfortunately to do it and be back by my deadline, I would probably have to leave at 5:00.

If others who are riding want to try, I am game, I will just have to probably run back on 15 in a hurry and cut out Bull Run Mountain Road etc.

I also hesitate when I see "rough at points" noted on this website.
As long as we are out ridding, I am game for any route.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:17 PM   #3952
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As long as we are out ridding, I am game for any route.
I just printed out my original proposed route, and have been memorizing it the old school way (since I don't have a gps on the bike). At this point I suppose my preference is to hit Sugarloaf on another ride. But it does look awesome.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:39 PM   #3953
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I just printed out my original proposed route, and have been memorizing it the old school way (since I don't have a gps on the bike). At this point I suppose my preference is to hit Sugarloaf on another ride. But it does look awesome.
Well I have to confess, my GPS is on my phone, not on my bike. There is always Sunday or possibly next weekend for that trip.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:57 AM   #3954
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Great ride today

Met up with Lacedaemon today and rode his route the he posted earlier. Mostly slab with about 10-15% hardpacked dirt and some gravel. Even had a short hop on White's ferry across the Potomac. All in all a very fun morning.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:12 AM   #3955
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Met up with Lacedaemon today and rode his route the he posted earlier. Mostly slab with about 10-15% hardpacked dirt and some gravel. Even had a short hop on White's ferry across the Potomac. All in all a very fun morning.
That was a very fun ride! I would definitely like to do it again adding in the Sugarloaf Mountain loop.

It was nice to meet you!
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:00 PM   #3956
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Sorry I missed it inmates. My excuse is in the SMIB thread. I really wanted to go.
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:39 PM   #3957
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That was a very fun ride! I would definitely like to do it again adding in the Sugarloaf Mountain loop.

It was nice to meet you!
Like wise. Put Sugarloaf on the list!!!!
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:41 PM   #3958
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Sorry I missed it inmates. My excuse is in the SMIB thread. I really wanted to go.
No worries. As long as it's not raining, no reason not to ride.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:03 PM   #3959
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I also hesitate when I see "rough at points" noted on this website.
There are parts of Peters Rd. that are a bit beat up, so I thought a fair warning should go out, nothing more. I've seen cars like the Prius go through there so it's not too bad.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:12 AM   #3960
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--Curious about that commute. Does it occur during normal rush hours? How does that route work?
I've found a commute schedule that works great for me. And it goes a little something like this:

My morning ride starts in L'burg at 6:00a - straight down Rt 7 and I'm at my office (Rt7 at 395) by 7:00a. Done. Occasionally, Iíll get out of Tysonís Corner on Chain Bridge/123 over to 267 (no tolls at that point) to 66 to 395, still the same 60 minutes, but Iím riding, not stop-n-go through Tysonís/Fallís Church.

I depend on Google Maps/Traffic in the afternoon and that ultimately dictates how/where I'm going home. Kickstand up between 3:45p-4:00p; up 395, over to GW Pkwy, then, either crossing into MD - the fun way - or sneak around on G'town Pike/Bellview to Rt. 7, which I donít usually do; traffic through Sterling and the guaranteed ball up at LoCo Pkwy all the way back to Belmont Ridge just isn't worth it.
On the MD route, it just depends on how much time I have to play. Lots of time = all the way up and around Point of Rocks; Need to be efficient = pavement to Whites Ferry (although miss timing the ferry ruins all efficiency); Play Ride = dirt sections of River Rd. to Whites Ferry. Oddly enough they all work out to 90 minutes, give or take, but the SPM, (Smiles Per Miles) is outstanding for all, Iíll only touch the ground 4-5 times in 40-50 miles of commuting.

Again, it works for me, and there are a number of variations depending on my mood and that of my fellow cagers.

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