Pohick Bay Picnic Ride. This popular ride will be a relaxing social ride along lightly-traveled roads and paved bike trails on this scenic peninsula near Occoquan. We will ride through Mason Neck State Park, the adjacent National Wildlife Preserve, Gunston Hall historic plantation, and some lovely neighborhoods facing the Potomac River. There is even a covered bridge along the route. This is mostly a flat ride (only one hill towards the end) with lots of shade and natural beauty the whole way. The average C pace for the total distance will be approximately 12 MPH, though on the flat portions speeds could range from 14-16 MPH. The average D pace for the distance will be approximately 10 MPH, though speeds on the flat portions could be slightly faster. If you are interested in joining us for a picnic in the Park after the ride, please bring a dish to share (and your own drink, plate and silverware). There is no charge to get into Pohick Bay Park if you have a driver's license showing you live in Alexandria, Arlington, City of Fairfax, Fairfax County, Falls Church or Loudoun. If you live outside these member jurisdictions then there is a $7 entrance fee per car to get in the Park. Directions: 1) From I95 S, take exit 163 to Lorton. Left onto Lorton Rd at the end of exit ramp. Go under second overpass and turn right onto Lorton Market St. (You will see Shoppers Food Warehouse) Go about 1.5 mile to traffic light at Route 1. Go straight through light (road name changes to Gunston Rd) and go 3.4 miles to Park entrance on left. OR 2) From I95N. Take exit 161 to Lorton, Route. 1 N. Go about 1.5 miles to first stop light and turn right on to Gunston Rd. Go about 4 miles to Park entrance on left. Once inside the Park, continue straight to the first parking lot on the right. The ride leaders may cancel the ride if the high temperature for the day is forecast above 95 or chance of rain is 50% or more.
C Leader: Peter Dassira
D Leaders: Nancy Dungan and Liz Tarpley