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Join Date: May 2005
Location: Falls Church, VA
Bikes: Trek 750
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Do you want the direct route or the scenic route?
One route - From DC, Georgetown, take Key Bridge to Custis Trail, west and turn right onto the WO&D. Where the WO&D crosses over the Fairfax County Parkway (around mile 18.5) switch to the bike trail the runs south along the Parkway. Take route 123 / OX Road south (a sort-of right turn at the interchange, but I've never biked it so I don't know how the connection works.) Continue on 123 to the bridge across the Occoquan. Staying straight connects back to route 1.
Alternate - Any of the Potomac bridges to the Mount Vernon Trail. Take the MVT south to the end, go thru the parking lots and switch to the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. T's at route 1 / Richmond Highway. Turn left and take route 1 thru Fort Belvoir (don't know how bikeable this part is, but it wouldn't be my first choice). On the other side of Belvoir you could stay on route 1 (maybe someone else on the forum knows how bikeable it is) or turn right at Lorton Road, take it to 123, turn left / south and across the Occoquan.
There are some other routes across Arlington and Fairfax that I use, but these involve rather complicated cue sheets through residential neighorhoods with lots of opportunities to get lost. Also a bit hilly. Most of the direct-looking roads have heavy traffic and are not bike friendly.
Through Woodbridge and Dumphries you'll probably need to take route 1. Only way past Quantico without swinging miles to the west (out by Nokesville). South of Quantico, maybe someone else can fill in.
West route to Manassas and Nokesville. The roads out there are good riding, but I'm not sure how to get you south again.
East route through Prince George County, MD to route 301 and across the southern Potomac bridge. You could stay on 301 all the way to Richmond.
More later, maybe.