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    I tried to commute today from East Falls Church to Reston on my 700x23 road tires. I stupidly assumed everything had melted. I got to Gallows Road with a few long icy patches and then saw that it was all ice as far as I could see toward Vienna from Gallows, so I turned around and got in my car. A guy coming the other way said it was almost all snow/ice from 123 to Gallows.

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    What is the MBT like today?

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    Update: the section of the W&OD from Gallows to Hunter Mill improved a lot today. Some sections that were solid ice yesterday are slushy today. However, areas that don't get lots of sun--and there are a number of them between Gallows and Park Street--still are icy. From Maple Ave to Hunter Mill, 95 percent of the trail is ice free and dry.
    Last edited by JimK; 01-31-2014 at 05:39 PM. Reason: Just ran from Vienna to Hunter Mill. Lots of improvement since I rode that section earlier today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimV View Post
    I got on the WOD at Vienna heading west this morning.

    The Vienna to Hunter Mill section wasn't too bad, some icy patches.

    The worst sections as of this morning are:

    Just past Hunter Mill:

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    On the decline of the Buckthorn hill:
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    Just past Wiehle Ave:
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    On the approach to Old Reston Ave:
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    After that there were still some icy patches - I get off the trail in Herndon.

    I was on Schwalbe Marathon studs - 700x35.

    I'll report back on conditions with today's "balmy" temps after tonight's commute back to Vienna, but I suspect it will take this weekend's temps to make a real dent in some of these bad spots.
    Evening update (Heading east):

    Clear in Herndon into Reston, very few icy patches and at least one side of the trail is clear where there is ice.
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    After Old Reston Avenue - where it was icy this morning, it was mushy tonight and harder to navigate.
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    Approaching Wiehle Avenue - same as previous.
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    The climb up the Buckthorn hill was in much better shape (no picture).

    But the approach to Hunter Mill Road was also pretty mushy.
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    Most of the way into Vienna was like this.
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  5. #245
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt View Post
    I just got home from riding it. There are some icy surprises between Glebe Road and Falls Church. There are a few icy spots between Glebe and Rosslyn, but most are avoidable. Be very careful.
    Thanks! It was indeed doable with care. The hybrid felt downright light and peppy after riding a Cabi yesterday and rental "city bike" in while traveling last week. It was good to get back to the regular commute.

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    Post Rock creek park

    Does anyone know when Pierce mill section of bike trail will be fixed? It washed away in flood a few weeks ago. Tried emailing at http://www.nps.gov/rocr/contacts.htm but just got an error message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwescott View Post
    Does anyone know when Pierce mill section of bike trail will be fixed? It washed away in flood a few weeks ago. Tried emailing at http://www.nps.gov/rocr/contacts.htm but just got an error message.
    When I get that error message, I send it directly to the superintendent at rocr_superintendent@nps.gov. I also note in the message that I get an error when attempting to submit through their web site.

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