Lately, I primarily commute to work. Being back in DC, it is again a possibility, and a reality. But, the same 8.25 mile route in and back 4-5 days a week gets boring, so I've started making time for some quality "me" time on the weekends.
I've strung together one good loop, so far. 42 miles and some change, starting at Bluemont Park (Wilson and W&OD Trail, in Arlington), head north to Custis Trail and head east to the MV Trail, go out to Mount Vernon, turn around and ride back north to 4 Mile Run, and take it back to Bluemont. Pretty decent ride. I'll do it again for sure. I know to add more distance, I should push up the W&OD and come back to the Custis Trail, easily can stretch this ride out to pretty near a century, if I wanted, and that's all fine, but I'm always interested in new scenery too.
Any suggestions? Thinking of stuff within a 15-20 minute drive at 6 am on a Saturday. Shenendoah won't get it done, for that, but I am always interested in any good loops out there, or closer in Loudon County too. Fire away, please.