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Bilsko
10-30-2012, 08:02 AM
Placeholder for those with info on the trail status for W&OD specifically post-Sandy.

Dirt
10-30-2012, 08:15 AM
W&OD from West Street (Falls Church) to Mile 0 is generally good. Bluemont Underpass is taped off, but appeared to only have about 6" of water running over the trail. The overpass was easy since no-one was out at 0530.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8055/8138212557_903f411ee1_b.jpg

Carlin Springs underpass is clear:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8055/8138212453_7361156a91_b.jpg

The Shirlington Connector and 4-Mile Run from Shirlington to the MVT has a few branches down, but nothing difficult to go around. I moved off what I could. The Rt1 Underpass is fenced off, but I have it on good authority ;) that the trail is clear and not under water. I sense that the water level was still about 12" below the trail. It was very cool that Arlington fenced it off anyways just to be safe.

Dirt
10-30-2012, 08:23 AM
Guapos marketing team had suggestions for my breakfast:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8324/8138243552_f5294d304d_b.jpg

crysb
10-30-2012, 09:26 AM
W&OD from West Street (Falls Church) to Mile 0 is generally good. Bluemont Underpass is taped off, but appeared to only have about 6" of water running over the trail. The overpass was easy since no-one was out at 0530.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8055/8138212557_903f411ee1_b.jpg

At first I thought they just threw down an old bed frame to block off the trail. :)

Dirt
10-30-2012, 09:53 AM
At first I thought they just threw down an old bed frame to block off the trail. :)
I didn't get what it was when I first rode up on it either. It was good that they put up something to mark the routes that were not really safe to be riding. Hats off to Arlington for doing that. The entrances to 4-mile run that have low bridges all had a fence thing like that to tell people the crossing wasn't safe. All could be bypassed, but at least people were warned.

Greenbelt
10-30-2012, 11:17 AM
Beltsville's clear for an awesome road ride. Sunnyside is flooded, but passable on bike, there's a tree down over Springfield Road near Lanham Severn, and I had to bunny hop some downed wires on Beaver Dam near the Parkway underpass.

Did I ever mention that it's awesomely crazy wonderful to have a road ride this good right in your backyard: http://app.strava.com/activities/26490882

eminva
10-30-2012, 11:46 AM
I walked about 1/4 mile of the W&OD just east of Maple Avenue. It is wet and covered with leaves, but not too bad. There were lots of small limbs down and I tried to remove them. Here is a picture.

Liz

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acc
10-30-2012, 12:01 PM
As much as I'd like to spend the day licking guacamole off my fingers and sipping Diet Coke, I'm going to jump on Thor (my mountain bike) and ride towards Herndon this afternoon to see if anything needs clearing on the W&OD. And I don't mean the joggers. :rolleyes:

Greenbelt
10-30-2012, 12:26 PM
River levels along the Prince George's trails are heading down. I bet the flooding was pretty serious though, and will probably be lots of mud and debris on the trails tomorrow morning: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/md/nwis/uv?site_no=01649500

Dirt
10-30-2012, 01:02 PM
I saw something that said that flood waters on the Potomac are not expected to crest until tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. That means that the Shirlington Connector between mile 0 of the W&OD and the Mount Vernon trail will likely be flooded as early as this afternoon. Water was only about 12" below the trail when I rode through there before 0600 today. With water steadily rising, it will be smart to take those sections VERY easy and pay attention to the barriers that they have set up.

viennabiker
10-30-2012, 02:53 PM
I rode from Cedar Lane to Old Reston Avenue around noon today. Path was fairly clear except for a large number of twigs, acorns, and the like; here were the only larger issues:
1. Thick cover of leaves between southeastern border of Vienna (1/2 mile west of Cedar) to Park.
2. Thick cover of leaves a bit east of Hunter Mill
3. Tree blocking most of trail about 1/4 mile east of Hunter Mill (you could squeeze by it)
4. Very thick cover of leaves between Sunset Hills and Wiehle Ave

mstone
10-30-2012, 02:58 PM
I saw something that said that flood waters on the Potomac are not expected to crest until tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. That means that the Shirlington Connector between mile 0 of the W&OD and the Mount Vernon trail will likely be flooded as early as this afternoon. Water was only about 12" below the trail when I rode through there before 0600 today. With water steadily rising, it will be smart to take those sections VERY easy and pay attention to the barriers that they have set up.

Hmm. If it hasn't crested yet, better get the hip waders.

http://river-depth.com/graphs/01638500

mstone
10-30-2012, 03:00 PM
I rode from Cedar Lane to Old Reston Avenue around noon today. Path was fairly clear except for a large number of twigs, acorns, and the like; here were the only larger issues:
1. Thick cover of leaves between southeastern border of Vienna (1/2 mile west of Cedar) to Park.
2. Thick cover of leaves a bit east of Hunter Mill
3. Tree blocking most of trail about 1/4 mile east of Hunter Mill (you could squeeze by it)
4. Very thick cover of leaves between Sunset Hills and Wiehle Ave

The only places I didn't see a mess of leaves is where a stream overflowed and washed them off. The best spot in the neighborhood stream valley trail is the false trail created when Irene overflowed, scooped up the gravel, and deposited it along the stream--this storm washed off all the leaves, and left a very clear gravel trail to...nowhere

OneEighth
10-30-2012, 03:01 PM
Now why didn't I put my blurb here where it belonged?
Rode the Custis to the W&OD, 4 Mile Run, and MVT north into town. Lots of debris and wet leaves, closed underpass under Wilson, closed-ish underpass under Route 1, one tree across the MVT by the 14th Street bridge. All passable on 25mm road tires. Might switch to cx tires for tomorrow.
Heading home in a little while will post again afterwards.
Beautiful day to ride.

bobco85
10-30-2012, 06:07 PM
I hate to repost a link 3 times, but I have pictures from the MVT, 4MR/WOD, and Custis trails. Here's the link: Post-Sandy Ride October 2012 (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/album.php?albumid=29)

Also to note: between National Airport and Bluemont Park on Four Mile Run/W&OD, the only stoplight that is out is the one at Columbia Pike.

acc
10-30-2012, 06:21 PM
I rode from Vienna to a little past Herndon this afternoon.

I only found one spot that was blocked. About 200 yards east of Hunter Mill.

1954

OneEighth
10-30-2012, 07:37 PM
Update.
Got some help from another cyclist and a couple of walkers and got the downer tree mostly out of the MVT by 14th Street bridge. The 4 Mile Run underpass under Route 1 was still blocked at the end where it meets the MVT but was completely passable as was the rest of the trail. Honestly, road tires are fine.
Low tide in Alexandria is expected at approximately 4:30 AM tomorrow with high tide at just after 10 AM. So, as long as you come in before 8, I would expect you to be fine on the underpasses. Low tide in the evening will be just after 4 PM.
Happy riding.

mstone
10-31-2012, 07:08 AM
Looks like the potomac has crested at paw paw, still climbing at point of rocks & little falls stations.

culimerc
10-31-2012, 08:21 AM
Between Va ave and Reston Town Center; Coming down off Virginia Ave towards Gallows there are LOTS of leaves. Very slippery on a downhill with a turn, relax take you time. Other than that, minor leaf and twig mess, and the pine tree down near Hunter's Mill is about it.

viennabiker
10-31-2012, 09:02 AM
This morning I rode from around Milepost 10 (near Cedar Lane) until the Custis turnoff (around Milepost 4) It was pretty clear. As noted by culimerc, there are a lot of leaves immediately west of the I-66 overpass (the hill between Virginia Lane and Gallows). And there is another patch of leaves in Falls Church near Sycamore (at the sharp turn).

Puzzled by mstone's comment yesterday; the W and OD seems in much better shape than the Custis and did not see a lot of leaves except where noted in this post and my post yesterday. Perhaps mstone is referring to area between Milepost 4 and Shirlington?

vvill
10-31-2012, 09:10 AM
The only thing I noticed this morning that was particularly dangerous: the layers of wet leaves on the turns between Brandymore Castle and the basketball court.

Dirt
11-01-2012, 07:34 AM
Gates on the Shirlington Connector were closed and locked at both ends. Water is 2' lower than it was a few days ago. No flooding, but debris right before you get to the MVT.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8195/8144561376_3cab22abb9_b.jpg
East end

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8326/8144528633_6bdeb816ec_b.jpg
West end

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8336/8144561214_c0f1a125a8_b.jpg
Flood waters have receded quite a bit.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8047/8144561086_54b526ce63_b.jpg
Shirlington Connector near MVT

TwoWheelsDC
11-01-2012, 05:24 PM
My new commute takes me on the trail that runs parallel to the Madison Manor portion of the W&OD on the opposite side of 66 that connects the W&OD to Potomac St., Powhatan St., Highland Park, and McKinley St...I don't know what it's officially called, but I'm calling it the Westover Connector (of Temporary Peril). It clearly does not get a lot of traffic, so I guess it's up to me to ride it so much that the leaves clear off, but there is a lot of debris buried under there and you have to be extremely careful.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8465/8146035296_76f0372722.jpg

viennabiker
11-01-2012, 05:24 PM
I rode this afternoon from National Airport to Vienna. The W&OD is now pretty clear, but the Shirlington connector is still closed. There are a few spots where there is a bit of debris (some power line repair work around milepost 2 left some muddy tracks on the trail and the pile of leaves between Brandymore Castle and Sycamore is still there, if a bit drier). But other than those spots, it just looks like the aftermath of a windy day.

DismalScientist
11-01-2012, 05:45 PM
My new commute takes me on the trail that runs parallel to the Madison Manor portion of the W&OD on the opposite side of 66 that connects the W&OD to Potomac St., Powhatan St., Highland Park, and McKinley St...I don't know what it's officially called, but I'm calling it the Westover Connector (of Temporary Peril). It clearly does not get a lot of traffic, so I guess it's up to me to ride it so much that the leaves clear off, but there is a lot of debris buried under there and you have to be extremely careful.



That's where I go to down forties when my kids get to me. :rolleyes:
Watch out of the occasional deer that might hang out in the little woods on the west side of Ohio.