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Old 03-09-2011, 07:13 AM   #16
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If you come further East in Virginia, skip the crossing of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel... You'll save yourself $12 and about 3 hours of straight, flat riding.

If it was me, I wouldn't plan riding East of Richmond/Petersburg area in VA as the western part of the state has much better mc roads...IMO
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:25 AM   #17
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Riding in DC isn't bad - the roads are relatively wide, logically laid out and easy to navigate. Traffic usually moves better in the city than the surrounding burbs. There's a decent amount of motorcycle parking and a fair number of alleys and places you can stash a bike as well. Parking in the burbs and taking the train in will add a ton of time to your travels and is a huge hassle - the trains don't run terribly frequently, are generally pretty slow and stop running way early (so you'll end up having to take a cab back if you want to go out at night).

Even at rush hour it isn't too bad. I live 10 miles away in NoVA and a morning commute is usually 30 min door to door in rush hour (and that includes walking a few blocks). Where its really bad is rush hour 30 miles out of the city in the burbs. You don't want to be on a major road at rush hour outside the beltway. Once you get inside it isn't as bad. Also, I-95 cloggs up a lot on weekends with vacation traffic and in the afternoons with construction so its clogged up more often than not. :laugh

I-81 is sorta pretty for an interstate in the east (nothing like say I-25 even though) and is usually less congested than I-95. It might not take you where you wanna go though.

I-95 also isn't bad other than that traffic gets really slow at times. It tends to be pretty green with rolling hills - not as nice as I-81, but not flat and boring (the northern half of VA anyway). Further south it gets flat and boring, but all roads do. Riding in FL is pretty miserable - hot, humid, lots of speed traps, no scenery and the worlds most boring roads.

Not being able to lane split will be maddening for you coming from CA.

I ride every day in NoVA/DC for transportation. I wouldn't chose to ride on the east coast for fun - CA or the Rockies offer far better roads with less traffic and less aggressive cops. I've ridden FL to Boston and while there are a few nice roads and some ok scenery, there's nothing spectacular, a huge number of people, a ton of traffic and way too many cops.
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