Because I thought I could
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Wash DC Metro
Bikes: November, Trek OCLV, Bianchi Castro Valley commuter
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Can't help towards Richmond, but I'd describe one part of cc's excellent route suggestions out of Dulles as "scary" - VA 606 can have fast, heavy traffic (esp. rush) from Rt 28 to the Herndon line, and the shoulder, such as it is, is gravel. Although the immigrant laborer demographic seems to navigate it successfully if slowly on weathered MTBs. Plan B: taxi or hotel shuttle to Herndon, ride from there. The Washington Dulles Marriot (several decent restaurants next door in the "Worldgate" complex) is at intersection of RT 267 (Dulles Toll Rd) & Centreville Rd. The former Days Inn, now "Crowne Plaza Hotel Dulles Airport" is across the street. Centerville Rd is bikeable (I use it daily) and has a usable side path to US 50. You can access the Air & Space Musesum Annex by bike (Wall Rd, A&S Pkwy across 28), but that road is blocked south of the museum towards 50.
cc's routes look better from S of US 50 to Manassas vs Centreville Rd. (Stringfellow is definitely a milder road than Centreville Rd - less and slower traffic.) I think Centreville rd - Walney rd - Westfields - Poplar Tree - Braddock - Stone - to 29/Lee Hwy would work; crossing 66 on Lee may be tricky, then onto the balance of his route. Rt 28 is NOT bikeable (safely or legally) until a side path that starts somewhere south of the Rt 29 intersection. I think his route in his 2nd link uses that or something close.
This is a great time of year for riding around here (assuming we're done with excessive rainfall and the odd earthquake for a while). have a safe flight & trip.
The US Bike Rt 1 is further east - I think you'd have to connect to the W&OD Bike Trail (a bit N &E of Dulles iN Sterling or Herndon) and take it, Custis trail, and Mt Vernon trail to reach it. Or the FFx Pkwy side path (which vanishes between US 50 and I-66!) to Rt 123, then 123 to Occaquan VA I think gets to it eventually as well.