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Thread: W&OD/Custis Alternate Route from Vienna to DC

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    Default W&OD/Custis Alternate Route from Vienna to DC

    I've been commuting from Vienna to DC everyday for almost 2 years now. But alas, I am a creature of habit and haven't veered from W&OD/Custis/4MR/MVT paths. I'm feeling more comfortable on the bike on lower volume roads now and am looking for an alternate route, namely when the trails are a sheet of ice west of Falls Church. Maybe I'm not great with using ridewithgps.com because I can't seem to find a map/cuesheet for some alternatives and while I've been using google maps streetview to "test ride" I think others on this forum might be better able to guide me. So what sayeth you? If you were going to ride from the Caboose in Vienna to Le'Enfant plaza everyday without utilizing the W&OD (or at least limiting it to where Arlington clears it), how would you go?

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    This is the route I would use. I have ridden it or parts of it many times (I live around the middle of it). It gets you to East Falls Church. It does go for a short distance on Route 7, though there's ways to avoid that.

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29262585

    If W&OD is impassable even at that point (which it generally is not), then I take Washington Blvd. - just north of the end pint of this rote - to Clarendon, then Clarendon Blvd to Lynn St., then Lynn to Key Bridge.

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    If you want to avoid riding on 7 (and most of Idylwood), you can turn right onto Hurst and then get on Virginia Lane. At the bottom, turn right onto Shreve and then left onto Fairwood just past the school. Fairwood is wide and lovely. Then a left on West street to get you back onto mikeglaces' route.

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    Default Alternate Route from Vienna to DC

    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
    I've been commuting from Vienna to DC everyday for almost 2 years now. But alas, I am a creature of habit and haven't veered from W&OD/Custis/4MR/MVT paths. I'm feeling more comfortable on the bike on lower volume roads now and am looking for an alternate route, namely when the trails are a sheet of ice west of Falls Church. Maybe I'm not great with using ridewithgps.com because I can't seem to find a map/cuesheet for some alternatives and while I've been using google maps streetview to "test ride" I think others on this forum might be better able to guide me. So what sayeth you? If you were going to ride from the Caboose in Vienna to Le'Enfant plaza everyday without utilizing the W&OD (or at least limiting it to where Arlington clears it), how would you go?
    I used to commute from Reston to Ballston for about 3 1/2 years. I know for a fact that Arlington County does a great job clearing up the path; however, the city of Falls Church remains to be seen in terms of clearing the path. I believe the Northern VA Park Service maintains the path between Vienna and Falls Church.

    My commute these days takes little longer and like you the ride extends to download Verizon Center. Hey, it only January and I figure I have another 11 months of (5 days a week) riding to and from work and plenty time to catch-up with fitness and mileage.

    Mario

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    Between this, the Railroaded Cottages and Mason Row boondoggles in Falls Church, and whatever it is they're doing along Lee
    Highway by Gateway Park, I feel like I've dropped into an episode of Fraggle Rock.
    Last edited by Drewdane; 03-15-2019 at 12:06 PM.

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