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    Default Not really digging the "official" detour

    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    Yeah, looked like they did some survey work or utility marking yesterday...planning for a detour tonight.

    The county's "official" detour involves two beg buttons, etc. I think I'll continue crossing Roosevelt at 16th St, which becomes Columbia St in Falls Church.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    Yeah, looked like they did some survey work or utility marking yesterday...planning for a detour tonight.
    For the detour (westbound), I recommend exiting the trail at the Roosevelt St. cul-de-sac, up to a left on Sycamore/Roosevelt (there is a median in which to take refuge if you have to wait for the southbound cars to clear) for the short hop to a right onto 16th/Columbia. Then either past Bikenetic or all the way out to Little Falls, and right back to the W&OD. See this ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    For the detour (westbound), I recommend exiting the trail at the Roosevelt St. cul-de-sac, up to a left on Sycamore/Roosevelt (there is a median in which to take refuge if you have to wait for the southbound cars to clear) for the short hop to a right onto 16th/Columbia. Then either past Bikenetic or all the way out to Little Falls, and right back to the W&OD. See this ride.
    You are my detour guru.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    For the detour (westbound), I recommend exiting the trail at the Roosevelt St. cul-de-sac, up to a left on Sycamore/Roosevelt (there is a median in which to take refuge if you have to wait for the southbound cars to clear) for the short hop to a right onto 16th/Columbia. Then either past Bikenetic or all the way out to Little Falls, and right back to the W&OD. See this ride.
    Seems a lot longer and more involved then just taking the path from the basketball court to Sycamore to 19th, no? Admittedly I refuse to take the signed bridge construction detour and just take the sidewalk on Fairfax Drive because I'm ultimately headed to Westmoreland, not the W&OD further west...so maybe that's why your route makes less sense to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    Seems a lot longer and more involved then just taking the path from the basketball court to Sycamore to 19th, no? Admittedly I refuse to take the signed bridge construction detour and just take the sidewalk on Fairfax Drive because I'm ultimately headed to Westmoreland, not the W&OD further west...so maybe that's why your route makes less sense to me.
    Yes, I'm going west on W&OD. Also, I don't like riding on sidewalks, and the Columbia St. stoplight at Lee Hwy (Washington St/Route 29) is well behaved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    For the detour (westbound), I recommend exiting the trail at the Roosevelt St. cul-de-sac, up to a left on Sycamore/Roosevelt (there is a median in which to take refuge if you have to wait for the southbound cars to clear) for the short hop to a right onto 16th/Columbia. Then either past Bikenetic or all the way out to Little Falls, and right back to the W&OD. See this ride.
    This seems to work westbound, but I would STRONGLY recommend against it eastbound -- the sightline at the intersection of Columbia/16th St & Sycamore/Roosevelt is VERY BAD.

    Also, it's December.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    Yes, I'm going west on W&OD. Also, I don't like riding on sidewalks, and the Columbia St. stoplight at Lee Hwy (Washington St/Route 29) is well behaved.
    Is it harder to see potholes and junk on the recumbent?


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