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Old 08-26-15, 01:01 PM
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US Bike Route 1 in VA

Greetings! I am planning a solo bike tour for this October from Annapolis to Washington DC to Raleigh NC. It looks like a good backbone for this trip would be US Bike Route 1 through Virginia, especially since the VA DOT has posted recommended changes to the route that would seem to address a number of trouble spots:
https://www.virginiadot.org/programs/...ort_100814.pdf

However, it looks like the route does an incredible amount of hopping from one road to another, and I'm a little concerned about navigating it. My question is for those who have ridden part or all of the route: is there signage that is adequate to navigate most of the turns? I'm OK with the occasional missing sign, but if there are no signs, I will need something better than the VA state bicycling map.

Any other advice would also be welcome.

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For about $110 you could pick up the new, ultra-tiny Garmin Edge 20. Crazy light weight, and you could load it with the GPS route and free yourself from the paper maps. Heck, the weight of this crazy-small GPS is probably less than the maps you would carry.
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Originally Posted by motorapido
For about $110 you could pick up the new, ultra-tiny Garmin Edge 20. Crazy light weight, and you could load it with the GPS route and free yourself from the paper maps. Heck, the weight of this crazy-small GPS is probably less than the maps you would carry.
I will definitely look into that; thanks!

But wouldn't I still have to rely on the map to enter each turn into the GPS? Or is USBR1 available for download someplace?

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If it is a common route that others have likely ridden, you can probably find a downloadable GPS file on MapMyRide or some other site -- maybe a local club site. Or you could use MapMyRide to relatively quickly trace out the route, and then save the file as one that you could import to the Garmin unit through Garmin Connect (their website). The Edge is shockingly tiny and featherweight, very inexpensive and has an 8-hour battery life. Here's a link to an ad. You can find new units for about $115 on sales. I am in no way affiliated with Garmin, by the way. https://www.google.com/search?q=garm...86665374567909
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Originally Posted by motorapido
If it is a common route that others have likely ridden
Apparently nobody here...
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I am a sales rep that travels the entire state of VA. Seems to me that USBR 1 and 76 are well marked. I would not thing you would have trouble following it unless you deviate from the route. In this case, go to either Ride with GPS or Map My Ride and chart your new course, save the file as a GPX ad then load it into your Garmin. If you do not have a Garmin, load OsmAnd on your phone and download the files to that. I find OsmAnd to work great.

Also, if you go into any REI store in VA, you can pick up the East Coast Greenway Cue guide for free in the cycling department. Or you can download the PDF version from the ECG website. This guide gives you maps and cue sheets. Good luck with your trip.
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I just got back from my trip, and in case anybody else has the same question, here's what I found:

DC to Prince William Forest: no signage.

Prince William Forest to just south of Fredericksburg (say, to the detour around the closed bridge at Stonewall Jackson Rd): Incomplete signage. Occasionally a sign will appear to help you notice a turn, or confirm that you're still on 1, but many turns have no signs.

Past bridge detour to NC border: excellent and complete signage, enough so that one could navigate the route with no other references (although they would still be a good idea, in case one missed a turn).
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Maybe someday I'll get back to NoVa and do some of this. Thanks for the update.
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Another easy way to create the route is to simply use strava and input your start and destination and it scours strava archives and uses the most popular (roads most use in the area for their rides as per loaded routes) to come up with the best bike friendly roads. I've used it many times with great sucess.
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