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    Default Alexandria Historical Bike Ride (No Drop Ride)

    One historical bike ride isn't enough, so I've got one cooked up for the city of Alexandria!

    Interested to know how the city was captured and occupied for only 3 days by the British during the War of 1812? Ever wanted to visit the long-forgotten and lost site where the city's namesake once lived? Want to learn about how the first sit-down strike was orchestrated in order to achieve the first library in the city that its black citizens were able to visit? Come on the Alexandria Historical Bike Ride!

    Figuring out a route has been tough, but I've created a good route that includes many interesting things from various parts of the city's history including more recent events.

    Here are the details:
    • Saturday, August 12
    • Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Windmill Hill Park (upper portion, Lee St side) - 501 S Union St, Alexandria, VA
    • Rolling by 9:15 a.m.
    • Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/9754773 and http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1694085782
    • Expected length: 24.2 miles in ~5 hours (including breaks such as Seminary Plaza ~15.0 mile mark near multiple convenience stores)
    • The group will stop at 25-30 different historical spots around the city and hear a bit of info from yours truly (I will try to be brief)
    • Ride ends at Jones Point Lighthouse - 100 Jones Point Dr, Alexandria, VA
    • Fitness/experience: some hills, should be comfortable riding on trails, streets, and 0.5 miles on unpaved paths
    • This will be a no-drop ride taken at a casual pace
    • The route has plenty of opportunities for rest stops
    • Ride start will be at 9:00 a.m. and is expected to wrap up by 2:00 p.m.

    I'm excited for this ride, and I hope to see you there!

    Update: I have created a Facebook event for this ride and will keep that updated, too: https://www.facebook.com/events/1920310368187558/
    Last edited by bobco85; 07-25-2017 at 08:21 PM. Reason: finalized route and details; created Facebook event

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    Coooool! I love your rides. But i realized yesterday that there were places where I mightabin better off riding my hybrid...Do you know yet if there will be comparable amounts of dirt & gravel? (Grassy bits don't count.)

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    To avoid confusion between this ride and the Arlington one, I kept relatively silent about this one until after the other ride had occurred. Now that the Arlington ride has been completed, I can finally give some updates to the Alexandria ride details including a finalized route!

    I will create a Facebook event for the Alexandria Historical Bike Ride this evening.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nadine View Post
    Coooool! I love your rides. But i realized yesterday that there were places where I mightabin better off riding my hybrid...Do you know yet if there will be comparable amounts of dirt & gravel? (Grassy bits don't count.)

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    Looking over my final route (will update this page soon), there is going to be up to half a mile of unpaved riding, so you will be better off on your hybrid. However, this will have one set of stairs that your bicycle will need to be carried up, so make sure those biceps are in shape!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    unless you are drevil, this will have one set of stairs that your bicycle will need to be carried up,
    ftfy

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    We'll be passing very close to the historical site of Duck Donuts.

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    Ssm508 and I are in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    unless you are drevil, this will have one set of stairs that your bicycle will need to be carried up,
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    ftfy
    Ayieeee... the pressure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWL View Post
    We'll be passing very close to the historical site of Duck Donuts.
    There is quite a lot of history at Bradlee.
    Longstanding local businesses like Atlantis pizzeria and Robcyns, and the McDonald's that used to be a Roy Rogers that had a clown in Wednesday nights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    There is quite a lot of history at Bradlee.
    Wait... Is there a Duck Donuts at Bradlee?!?!?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunyata View Post
    Wait... Is there a Duck Donuts at Bradlee?!?!?!?!
    It opened recently! I'm not a big fan..esp. since I have Sugar Shack so close to home.

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