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    Default Safe route Annapolis - epping forest - to start of Anacostia River trail

    My wife and I plan to cycle from Lewes del to traverse city Michigan starting aug 12. Looking at Google bike map route from Epping Forest in Annapolis to start of Anacostia River trail and wondering whether it is a safe route. Any thoughts or suggestions? We'll link from there to c&o towpath and from there straight on until morning. Also any thoughts on condition of c&o in first 20 miles and does it make any sense to ride the Leesburg trail for the first 20 miles or so?

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    Perhaps this thread and this strava route from said thread might help?

    Annapolis to DC isn't the greatest ride. The River Trails is gorgeous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    Perhaps this thread and this strava route from said thread might help?

    Annapolis to DC isn't the greatest ride. The River Trails is gorgeous.
    There are parts of that strava route that I'd avoid. I'd consider skipping the stretch of 450 from Race Track Rd to MD-3. Instead, I'd cross the Patuxent river via Governors Bridge Road. I'd also go further north along 197 and head to Beltsville, rather than take 450 to Good Luck Road. Good Luck isn't horrible, but a lower stress option is coming from the north.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    Perhaps this thread and this strava route from said thread might help?

    Annapolis to DC isn't the greatest ride. The River Trails is gorgeous.
    Thanks to both of you for comments and info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett L. View Post
    There are parts of that strava route that I'd avoid. I'd consider skipping the stretch of 450 from Race Track Rd to MD-3. Instead, I'd cross the Patuxent river via Governors Bridge Road
    The bridge crossing the Patuxent River is currently closed to all traffic on Governors Bridge Road which is why the linked Strava route takes 450.


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