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Depending how far north is still "south" for you, consider visiting the Virginia Piedmont/Blue Ridge Mountains, easily accessible from the DC Metro, which of course has a few interesting things to see as well. Within an hour's drive west of the Beltway, you can be pedaling on low-trafficked roads through beautiful horse and farm country, with lots of quaint/historic towns for rest stops. Terrain ranges from the relatively flat, to rolling, to big climbs up Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, a favorite of area cyclists (descents are a riot on the tandem). If the dogwoods and azaleas are still in bloom, May can be a fabulous time to ride here. Or it can be hot as Hades already. We're fortunate to have a very large cycling community, so drivers are generally used to seeing bikers in the countryside, and for the most part are pretty tolerant of the spandex-clad. No place is totally free of yahoos, though. Enjoy the trip!
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