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Pierce
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So a forum member and her husband and a close friend of mine were going to go to D.C. around September 3rd (Labor Day Weekend), but then other plans came up with them.

I was wondering if anybody would have an interest in going to D.C. together?

I’m kind of thinking that we seem to generally enjoy each others company on local rides, memorial rides and charity rides, so why not a ride to D.C.?

Imagine us all putting up with each others’ antics all the way down there. Anybody interested?

I’m thinking we could leave Friday August 31st (or Saturday), then mosey on down to D.C. and then head back Monday via bus or whatever.

I haven’t done any planning yet, but the idea is in my mind

What do you guys think?


Mick
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When I go to DC again, I plan to train much harder than I’ve trainedbefore – so I can reasonably get there in 5 days.

I have no interest in a 3-day 335 mile trip – although I know plenty of people here that would be into it.


sloaps
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If we don’t drown each other while receiving sailing lessons, ill consider it. ;-)


Pierce
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When I checked Google Maps it said a day and a half, but I guess they don’t factor in things like sleep. I don’t think? a century a day should be too bad.


reddan
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@pierce: a century a day should be too bad.

In all seriousness, try one on limestone before getting too excited. Take a day, ride from town to, say, Ohiopyle and back via the GAP…it may give you a new impression.

I find long miles on the GAP far more grueling than most road miles.


Pierce
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Whoops. Another factor I did not consider. I used to cycle from Corpolis to Robinson Town Center somewhat frequently for work and do recall it being more laborious


reddan
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Aside from the physical difficulties (you almost never get to stop pedaling and coast), I find that the rail-trail becomes remarkably monotonous after 30 or 40 miles.

If you plan for, say, 70-80 mile days, you can usually work in at least one extended stop at some point of interest…helps make it more of a vacation.

Of course, if you want to do it fast, but aren’t wedded to the idea of rail-trail the whole way, you could always plan a hybrid route. Use the trail to bypass nastier road sections, but stick to pavement when you can.

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