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CCrew
09-08-2011, 04:20 PM
From Vienna to Reston is a mess. Trail at the Vienna Community Center was a river. The park & ride off Sunset Hills has about 40 or so cars floating like ducks in a pond - water about 5-6 feet deep.

Tried to get camera shots, but phone and monsoon didn't mix. This is the W&OD at Difficult Run by Hunter Mill Road:

http://www.tsplace.com/jeep/wod.jpg

RESTONTODC
09-08-2011, 04:59 PM
CCrew,

How is the W&OD trail from Vienna to Reston? Is it passable? I need to get to Reston.

Thanks.

CCrew
09-08-2011, 05:18 PM
CCrew,

How is the W&OD trail from Vienna to Reston? Is it passable? I need to get to Reston.

Thanks.

It was passable when I came through, but barely. Difficult Run may be underwater, and it was close to the two whoop de doos. at the bridge towards Clarks Crossing where they're already having erosion problems looked like that's possibly going to undercut the trail.

Here's the park and Ride:

http://www.tsplace.com/jeep/pandr.png

Brent
09-08-2011, 05:44 PM
What'd we do to piss off mother nature...an earthquake, a hurricane, and now this?

CCrew
09-08-2011, 05:52 PM
Next up: The Zombie Apocalypse?

jrenaut
09-08-2011, 05:58 PM
We already have that. It's called "tourists in giant rain coats who don't respond at ALL to 'ON YOUR LEFT!'".

eminva
09-08-2011, 06:48 PM
The W&OD west of Ohio Drive and before East Falls Church was completely flooded with a fast moving river crossing the path at about 6:15-6:30ish this evening. I considered it impassable and took a detour on the streets. Thanks to the many kind citizens of North Arlington who gave me directions on my impromptu tour during a torrential downpour.

Next up: more rain!

Liz

Dirt
09-08-2011, 06:48 PM
This is going to be an interesting week. Even the areas that drain well were completely overwhelmed by the rain. The W&OD had a pretty good stream of water running down it... 6" deep in spots. Storm sewers couldn't handle the water and places like West street in Falls Church was easily 12" deep in rushing water on my ride up it.

eminva
09-08-2011, 06:52 PM
Pete, did you ride through that river on the W&OD right past Ohio Drive? You are brave. I stopped at the edge and took a look, and there were people on the Ohio Drive overpass yelling and whistling at me to turn back.

Liz

consularrider
09-08-2011, 07:49 PM
I think 4 Mile Run east of EFC Metro was at its worst about 6 pm (right as I was getting home). On the W&OD the Carlin Springs underpass was flooded too deep to ride through and at the Wilson Blvd underpass the water was probably about six feet deep on the trail and moving very fast. At the electricity pylon split between Patrick Henry and Ohio Street the water was 8" deep up to the I-66 sound wall. I didn't go any further than Ohio. About half an hour later, the water had started to recede and was off the trail at the pylon. It was sill a mess at Wilson and on the trail through Bon Air by the bathroom the water was over three feet deep and moving so fast is was not safe to walk through. By the time (about 7:30) we had walked back around to Patrick Henry, the water level in the Run had dropped about four to five feet.

I took photos, but my card reader is on the fritz and I can't download them to my computer.

Dirt
09-08-2011, 08:11 PM
I rode through the W&OD past Ohio Drive. I was likely there a bit before you. It was 6" deep and moving pretty fast. It was probably foolish. The roads in Falls Church were worse. They were deeper, not moving as fast, but it was hard to see where to ride. I know the roads very, very well, having ridden them over the last 20 years, so I didn't have any problem.

Tomorrow should be interesting.

RESTONTODC
09-08-2011, 08:41 PM
The W&OD past Ohio Drive was a fast moving river at 7:00 PM and not passable. There was cyclist tried to ride through it and almost got wash away. He stuck in it for more than 30 minutes and barely reach on other end alive.

I took the detour without any problem.

KLizotte
09-08-2011, 09:30 PM
This confirms that some of you are certifiably CRAZY!!!!

You should all attach dingies to your racks. And don't forget your life vests!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RESTONTODC
09-08-2011, 09:58 PM
This confirms that some of you are certifiably CRAZY!!!!


but we're happier. I saw so many cars stuck in traffics everywhere. Today commute took only 5 minutes longer than a normal day commute.

DismalScientist
09-08-2011, 10:26 PM
At about 9:00 pm, the W&OD was gated at the intersection with the Custis. Went through anyway. No problems to Ohio St.

Just try to catch me coppers....

PotomacCyclist
09-08-2011, 11:29 PM
Remember that when the storm sewers get overwhelmed, untreated sewage is flowing into the Potomac and possibly some of the local creeks. It's not just regular river and creek water on days like this. I've heard estimates that 250 million gallons of sewage have spilled into local waterways this week. The old storm sewer system simply isn't capable of handling large amounts of rainfall.

Riding through flooded trail sections is dangerous enough. But you may also want to disinfect your bike after coming into contact with that water.

CCrew
09-09-2011, 04:31 AM
Came through at 2:30 am. Reston to Tysons today. Trail's sloppy but certainly clear, although there are some spots where there are big fields of slop washed into the trail. Hunter Mill Road is barricaded and taped off at the trail, but the trail goes through. Looks like the water made it over the trail at Difficult Run, one of the whoop de doo's is almost washed out. Streams are back in their banks.

Big gravel field at Hunter Mill and the trail, be careful as it's a tire sucking mess. Other than that certainly doable. Park & Ride at Reston drained but still full of cars - or are they now 4 wheeled aquariums now? :)

CCrew
09-09-2011, 04:51 AM
but we're happier. I saw so many cars stuck in traffics everywhere. Today commute took only 5 minutes longer than a normal day commute.

I agree. I still averaged almost 16mph for the ride and the trail was pretty much a 2"-6" river the entire way.

PrintError
09-09-2011, 07:09 AM
Had a similar story here. Had to carry the bike across a few waist-deep areas, but arrived maybe 5 minutes later than usual. No big deal.

Everyone I know was stuck in traffic. And they call US crazy!?

Brent
09-09-2011, 07:22 AM
one of the whoop de doo's is almost washed out.

Is that a technical term?

CCrew
09-09-2011, 07:47 AM
Is that a technical term?

Yeah :)

If you know the area, you know when you come up to the bridge there are two rolling dips about 5' deep about 50' apart. They're perfect for scrubbing your speed if you're westbound before you hit the hill toward Hunter Mill :)

Dirt
09-09-2011, 08:27 AM
I love uneventful post-apocalyptic commutes to work.

BRING ON THE ZOMBIES!!!! :D

KS1G
09-09-2011, 10:04 AM
I'm OK with Zombies. Just as long as this stops before we get to "Slaying of the First Born"! Traffic in Chantilly was a mess yesterday, with RT28 S being at a full stop backing up onto all the neighboring roads. Drivers must've been thinking "that guy is nuts!"..."but he's moving and I am not."

The flood pictures make the 2" of water I rode through on the W&OD between Grant & Ferndale in Herndon trivial.

JeffC
09-11-2011, 08:06 AM
This is an interesting video I found on YouTube. Based on the audio, I think it is at Banneker Park, a bit south of the EFC Metro. There is a wooden bridge over a creek here that is part of the W&OD. Many people bypass that though and continue riding through the park until Van Buren Street up to 19th Road and pick up the trail near where Lee Hwy hits 66.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xbYW6c0Qf4

PotomacCyclist
09-12-2011, 02:06 AM
Yikes!

At least the rain has finally moved off. The weather was really nice on Sunday morning.

Brent
09-12-2011, 08:17 AM
I rode the W&OD from the beginning in Shirlington to Carolina's Pit BBQ in Ashburn yesterday, and the trail was pretty good. Only a handful of places with gravel on the road, and two places where the edge of the trail was washed out and they had one lane blocked.