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    That route above is pretty great. I think a few other folks would agree though that the most direct/fastest route would have you turning left directly onto 123 from Lewinsville and following that road all the way down to Chain Bridge. You'll have a wide shoulder for most of the trip (save for a small uphill section after Old Dominion through McLean and then once you start descending to the river after crossing over GW parkway).

    Coming into Tysons Corner, I don't know that I would want to climb 123 from Chain Bridge every day. Sure it's not a long hill (less than a mile) but there is almost no shoulder for parts and it's kinda stressful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subby View Post
    I don't know that I would want to climb 123 from Chain Bridge every day
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    Quote Originally Posted by hakalugi View Post
    hi

    working in reverse:

    1 from north tysons: spring hill / international drive / jones branch - go north on Spring Hill, under 267 (toll road)
    2 from Spring Hill Rd make a right at the light, eastbound, on Lewinsville Road (this has a bike lane, but there is a narrow section just on the west side of the beltway, at a hillcrest)
    3 cross over beltway on Lewinsville Rd
    4 continue past 123/Chain Bridge (note: Lewinsville changes to Great Falls St when you cross 123)
    5 left at next light "(Old) Chain Bridge Road"
    6 right at next light Westmoreland St
    7 make a left just after McLean HS on Old Chesterbook, large crosswalk area, HS kids, so beware
    8 left at stop sign on Kirby Road
    9 right on Chesterbook Rd, another stop sign
    10 left at light for Glebe Road
    11 quick right on Old Glebe Road
    12 old Glebe Road crosses Glebe and drops you into a neighborhood, follow Randolf to the right, and get ready for a steep descent, dropping you onto the paved trail and then to the sidewalk over Chain Bridge itself (see below)
    13 at the end of the bridge, take the ramp down to the C&O canal trail/towpath
    14 east on towpath to the tressel from the Cap Cresent Trail. Walk/carry up the stairs, take the CCT over the canal and Canal Road
    15 just over the tressel, look for a dirt path on your right, take/walk that down and pick up Arizona Avenue north bound, you can snake up to Bethesda via neighborhood roads (or stay on CCT up to your hood)

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    (first post!)
    I'd amend this to just take Glebe, either starting from Chesterbrook or from Old Glebe. I'd rather take the lane down the hill and then cross over to the Chain Bridge sidepath than deal with descending 41st St.

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    Unless it's below freezing, in which case Glebe is pretty risky there where it's always wet near the bottom.

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