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    Post 2013 Convoy from W&OD/Gallows into Tysons

    I recall seeing a comment on a convoy headed up Gallows into Tysons, but don't see that option anymore on the convoy page.

    I've never ventured by bike into the automotive h#ll known as Tysons, so I'm pretty reluctant to do it without a few other experienced commuters. The larger the convoy, the safer we'll be as we approach Mordor and attempt to evade hordes of Range Rovers to make the Tysons pit stop.
    Last edited by scott930; 05-10-2013 at 01:04 PM.

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    I go from W&OD into and out of Tysons every day but don't use Gallows. Where is the Tysons pitstop? there are a couple of back ways in from the W&OD that don't involve busy roads.

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    I commute up Gallows from W&OD, but am lucky to stop at Boone, so I'm at the southern perimeter of Tysons. I was thinking of going up and to LL Bean stop at the mall, first getting to Ballston to get some of that sweet sweet Bike Arlington Swag.

    So the best route there I think from the trail is up the Gallows bike lane, and then turn right on Gallows Branch, go across the bridge over Rt 7, then down around to LL Bean, which is over at the Bloomingdale's end of the mall. It's not that bad as long as you do it before 9am, before all the shoppers start showing up.

    I used to work at Microstrategy, and yea, it is a bit of traffic hell, but the earlier you can do that the better.

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    The way i usually cross Rt 7 is to cut through the covered Olive Garden parking lot to the frontage road in front of the bagel place and cross at the Ford dealership. Sometimes I'll just stay right on Gallows and cross at the big intersection, if I'm feeling especially sprinty.

    Last year for BTWD I crossed Rt 7 to get to the mall for the LL Bean stop at the red light in front of the jewelry store (can't recall the name). Traffic wasn't a problem that I recall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicegrip View Post
    I go from W&OD into and out of Tysons every day but don't use Gallows. Where is the Tysons pitstop? there are a couple of back ways in from the W&OD that don't involve busy roads.
    Pit stop is at LL Bean this year. I'm probably going to hit Vienna (my official pit) on way towards Tysons. What back roads do you generally take? My main concern is cutting across Rt 7 somewhere; other than that, there are some back roads within Tysons that I feel I can comfortably take to my site this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicegrip View Post
    I go from W&OD into and out of Tysons every day but don't use Gallows. Where is the Tysons pitstop? there are a couple of back ways in from the W&OD that don't involve busy roads.
    Where are you coming from? West of Tysons? or DC? I'm looking for a ride buddy coming from DC to Tysons (WO&D --> north on Great Falls St).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbearman View Post
    Where are you coming from? West of Tysons? or DC? I'm looking for a ride buddy coming from DC to Tysons (WO&D --> north on Great Falls St).
    I'm also considering making my first bike ride from DC (NorthWest) to Tysons. I've not made the commute yet, but would be interested in finding a group to ride with that could meet up somewhere in DC sometime between 7-8am this Friday, May 17. Let me know if you're heading out from DC into Tyson's and want to ride as a group.

    Anybody have a Google map of a suggested route?

    Peace!
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    Quote Originally Posted by looch View Post
    I'm also considering making my first bike ride from DC (NorthWest) to Tysons. I've not made the commute yet, but would be interested in finding a group to ride with that could meet up somewhere in DC sometime between 7-8am this Friday, May 17. Let me know if you're heading out from DC into Tyson's and want to ride as a group.

    Anybody have a Google map of a suggested route?

    Peace!
    ~Erik
    Erik, not knowing your start and end point, my general recommendation for the mid point is to get to the W&OD trail westbound. You'll go through Arlington, then Falls Church, then hit Gallows Road. At Gallows Road, take a right. There is a bike lane that will take you right to the edge of Tysons. You can then go where you need to go from there.

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    Sorry for jumping in so late, but if you are going to the mall (the pit stop is at LL Bean), you can take the W&OD to Gallows. Turn right on Gallows (or left if you are coming from the west). There are bike lanes. Turn right on Gallows Branch Road and then left on Kidwell Drive. That turns into Towers Crescent Drive and has an overpass over Route 7. Turn right onto Shoptysons Boulevard. Turn left on Fashion Boulevard, which will take you right to LL Bean.

    If you come by the Vienna pit stop, say hello! I'll be there for the duration.

    Liz

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    Thanks eminva!

    I've already chosen my pit stop in DC, so I'll be hitting that up first, before I head out.

    Thanks also for the recommendations on the route, hoppy!

    Hope you all have a great ride tomorrow.

    ~Looch

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