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    Default Let's Bike the Silver Line Extension! (No Drop Ride)

    Fresh off a great Purple Line ride in Maryland, it’s time to give some Virginia transit love. For this, let’s bike the Silver Line Extension!

    Keeping with the transit theme, this ride will have multiple options for ride length based around Metro stations, and we will visit every station (Phase 1 and Phase 2) from East Falls Church to the future end of the Silver Line in Ashburn. Riders will get to see routes around Tysons and Wolf Trap, new developments around parts of Loudoun County, eat some delicious barbecue food, and even find out how to bike to Dulles Airport (you actually can!). The return trip will be easy and follow the W&OD Trail all the way back to the East Falls Church Metro. There will be 2 meeting places on the route, as explained in the ride info below:

    Saturday, June 17

    • Phase 1 (Longer route) Meeting Place – 8:00 a.m. near the bike racks at East Falls Church Metro
    • Phase 2 (Shorter route) Meeting Place – 10:15 a.m. near Capital Bikeshare station at Wiehle-Reston East Metro
    • Full Route: (Strava) https://www.strava.com/routes/8422237 (MapMyRide) http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1597405771
    • Expected length: between 38 miles and 67 miles (4.5 to 8 hours including breaks)
    • Fitness/experience: some hills, should be comfortable riding in traffic, casual pace (10-12 mph average)
    • Weird clothing requirement: Wear Silver (enough to make Silver Surfer turn green with envy!)


    Estimated Itinerary – Saturday, June 17

    • 8:00 a.m. – Phase 1 Meet at East Falls Church Metro (near bike racks)
    • 8:15 a.m. – Tour of every Phase 1 Silver Line station from East Falls Church to Wiehle-Reston East (17.7 miles)
    • 10:15 a.m. – Phase 2 Meet at Wiehle-Reston East Metro (near Capital Bikeshare station)
    • 10:30 a.m. – Tour of every Phase 2 Silver Line station from Wiehle-Reston East to Ashburn (26.9 miles)
    • 1:00 p.m. – Lunch at Carolina Brothers BBQ (best baked beans in VA, according to me) in Ashburn, next to W&OD Trail
    • 2:00 p.m. – Ride back on W&OD Trail
    • 3:00 p.m. – Arrival at Wiehle-Reston East Metro (10.7 miles)
    • 4:00 p.m. – Arrival at East Falls Church Metro (11.6 miles)


    Riders have the option to shorten their route by taking the Metro Silver Line, skipping the Phase 1 portion (17.7 miles), and joining the group at the Wiehle-Reston East station at 10:15 a.m. Riders can also shorten the post-lunch portion of the route by getting on the Metro Silver Line at the Wiehle-Reston East station. Shortening both pre-lunch and post-lunch portions of the route will leave you with a nice 38 miles for the day.

    I put a lot of thought into this and hope that the plan works for everyone interested. Let me know if you're up for this!
    Last edited by bobco85; 05-27-2017 at 05:32 PM. Reason: adding MapMyRide route map

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    I think today's DCBR experience proved that I'm semi-functional waking up early enough to make this work (though not by this point of the day), so pencil me in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LhasaCM View Post
    I think today's DCBR experience proved that I'm semi-functional waking up early enough to make this work (though not by this point of the day), so pencil me in.
    No worries! I figure this time range would work better for most people, as they would be able to get home by dinnertime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    No worries! I figure this time range would work better for most people, as they would be able to get home by dinnertime.
    Yeah...not that I could form a cogent thought last night, but I was trying to work backwards from starting in EFC at 8AM, what time I'd need to leave home in NE DC to make sure that happens, and what time I'd have to wake up. I'm not much of a morning person, so Sunday's DCBR was a good test of "can I wake up early and, at a moderate pace, bike around a while." Assuming of course I try to bike the whole thing, which would end up making that day my first century (or close enough that I'd be silly not to keep riding around).

    The beauty of a transit-oriented ride is that there are plenty of opportunities to alter individual plans should conditions warrant.

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    I just tested the route today, and I found that a few detours were necessary due to ongoing construction. I have updated the route map and added a MapMyRide version of the route. They are both in the first post on this thread in addition to the calendar event details.

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