I have been asked to lead a bicycle trip for my son's Boy Scout troop. It must be a 50 mile trip to complete requirements for their cycling merit badge. I thought about using the C&O Canal, but some of the boys may not have bikes suitable for dirt. I am considering using the W&OD trail which starts in Purcellville, VA and runs to Shirlington Rd. But, that is only 45 miles. I could double back for 5 miles at either end to pick up the miles.
Another thought I had was to exit the W&OD at about mile 4 and pick up the Custis Trail to the Mount Vernon Trail, possibly riding it all the way to Mount Vernon. For those familar with these trails, would there be any concerns leading a group of 6 to 10 fairly inexperienced riders on these trails?
Second question. Assuming riding all or part of the Mount Vernon Trail would work... any recommendations for a fairly easy to get to pick-up location where our support driver could park and wait for us in a bus or fairly large truck?
I appreciate any suggestions.