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    Quote Originally Posted by Starduster View Post
    Clermont Ave. and its surrounding neighborhood lie beyond the ramp/stairs. Decades ago, before Metro, I believe Clermont Ave. used to connect with Eisenhower Ave. at this point.
    That's my commute route. After surviv...er, passing through the Eisehower Connector (aka "the Lion's Jaws") you must zig-zag through the Clermont wall and go up the big hill (aka "The Dirty Name"). From there you meander around the neighborhood until you're spit out onto Franconia Rd like a sweaty piece of bicycle meat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeprosyStudyGroup View Post
    I was just driving past that weird wiggly bit you got there at the Eisenhower connector the other day and wondered about it. It's this weird series of ramps that go to some mysterious area hidden behind huge faceless concrete fortress walls. Like if the gates to Mordor were designed by a stuffy bureaucrat in the 90s. Gonna have to check out what lies behind there some time.
    I have always called these the gates to Narnia ;-) You go from crazy Beltway hellishness to birds chirping and deer romping in my lovely neighborhood

    Quote Originally Posted by ChampionTier View Post
    That's my commute route. After surviv...er, passing through the Eisehower Connector (aka "the Lion's Jaws") you must zig-zag through the Clermont wall and go up the big hill (aka "The Dirty Name"). From there you meander around the neighborhood until you're spit out onto Franconia Rd like a sweaty piece of bicycle meat.
    Ha! Yes, very, very hilly.

    Thanks all for the tips! I did a circle this weekend and pretty much decided anything involving Holmes Run is probably not worth being ~3 miles less because it took so much longer. Those stream crossings with the bollards are so dumb and then the path under 395 was closed for flooding. It was 1:15 for the ~13 miles there (finally figured out the 4 mile run detour so will likely be a tad quicker next time) and then 1:35 for the ~9 miles back.

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    I used to commute from Penrose Square to Fort Belvoir. I used a variety of routes between Walter Reed and those gates of Narnia. If you stay west, your path hinges largely on where you choose to cross 395. There are a limited number of good choices. Bobco's routes show you three different crossing points (Sanger, Seminary, 34th), all of which are fine options.

    Actually, my most common commute choice was a fourth option: Braddock road underpass.

    southbound: Walter Reed - King - Hampton - Braddock - Ivor - climb hill through apartment parking lot to Seminary - Pickett - Pegram - HRT
    northbound: HRT - Jordan - Raleigh - Imboden - Howard - Braddock - Hampton - King - Walter Reed

    I don't mind riding in traffic at 15+ MPH, but I prefer either bike lanes or quieter streets when climbing up hills. Hence the difference in the two directions. Under no circumstances would I commute over the 395 cloverleaf interchanges at Duke or King during rush hour.

    I very rarely detoured over to the flatter terrain to the east: 19 miles each way was long enough! With a shorter commute, YMMV...

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