Colonial Beach IV Ride


I would like to do the next remake of this ride. The third instantiation was perfect and I keep the rout as is. It is not so long ride - just 160 miles and acceptable for intermediate riders. The chunks are not long enough: about 30-40 miles (1-1.5 hours of riding). No so twisty and hilly back roads. As I also found, mostly roads have low traffic and without traffic lights which is suitable for large group. I also optimized the route and we will avoid Frederickburg this time.

The meeting point is Food Mart, Leesburg which is convenient for VA riders and is suitable for the large group. I am planning to leave about 9:00-9:15AM. However, I will meet with MD riders on Shell, Darnestown about 8:00AM and we will follow thru River Rd and White Ferry to Leesburg. Let me know, if you wish to meet with me there and please do not be later. I also can meet somebody on White Ferry on both sides (8:30-8:40AM). I will check White Ferry before. It could be closed due high or low water. In this case we will ride thru Point of Rocks.

Note: the first chunk has about 5 miles gravel/unpaved road. It is wide enough and does not have traffic at all. Please consider your participation if you do not like/have skills to operate your bike on such roads.

All stopping points on the gasoline stations.

The lunch will be Dockside Restaurant. It is on the dockside. It could serve the lagre group and has a few shelters on beach side. The food and service quality is excellent for the reasonable price (much cheaper than on Solomon Islands). The view is wonderful.

Last time the service was so slow, but I hope it is not usual for this restaurant - 2 previous time it was no any delay.

After the lunch we will head north to Washington DC. I hope we will be around 5:00PM there.

 

 

 

 

The ride is weather permitted.

I limited the number of riders by 25, We will ride in moderate style - not fast at all. So it is ok for a large enough group.

Links and Extra Info

One more meeting point (MD riders): Shell, Darnestown

Stop I: Shell, 5059 Lee Highway Warrenton, VA

Stop II: Exxon, 1049 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA

Lunch: Dockside Restaurant1787 Castlewood Drive Colonial Beach, VA 22443

Final Stop: Exxon, 15797 Livingston Road Accokeek, MD

Route on Google

 

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  • Stephanie and T.

    Awesome ride!!! What a great place for lunch too!

    August 24

  • Bill P.

    Very enjoyable ride.

    August 24

  • Henry P.

    What a great crew! Andrei, the route was perfect, everyone was a class act. I look forward to more meet-ups.

    August 24

  • Charlie

    For my first organized group ride I don't think I could have hoped for any better than this. The route was well planed with ample rest stops. The lunch destination was excellent. And the other riders involved are some of the nicest folks you could ever meet! Now I'm kicking myself for not having joined up with this group sooner and I'm already looking forward to whatever my next ride with them might be. :)

    August 24

  • Martino

    Guys got bail at the last minute. I just noticed the note on the 5 mile gravel Road, I Have a 900 lbs bike that does not like Gravel.

    August 24

  • Rhys

    I will have to bail out as work has me by the tail! Ride Safe everyone!

    August 22

  • Bill P.

    Anybody going from the Columbia, Laurel, Jessup (or anyplace NE of there) want to meet for the ride over to Darnestown. I'm planning on leaving promptly at 7. Mapqest says it is 35 miles and 45 minutes. Would go south on MD 29, to toll road MD 200 and across. Kelly (in Glen Burnie) 100 west, south 295, west on MD 32 and south on US 1 (2 traffic lights) to corner of Goreman and US 1, to Exxon/Wendys. Their address is: 8850 Gorman Rd. Laurel, MD ++ ==> Kickstands up 7 promptly. If you confirm riding with me, I'll be there at 6:50.

    Larry & Rhys south on MD 29, meet up shopping center Northeast corner of MD 29 and MD 198. Would do it at 7:10, no later. Phil maybe you can suggest an exact business or obvious landmark at 198 & 29 corner. Phil join us??

    Please let me know if any of you want to meet me, so I know to look for you, else will just head out on my merry way. Andrei said bloody marrys for early arrivals and this sounds great.

    1 · August 22

  • Andrei

    The weather looks good on this Sunday

    August 21

  • Arnabchik

    Leesburg meeting point @ 9am?

    August 21

  • Charlie

    Hey Bill, Yup! No point in traveling somewhere just to end up at McD's!

    And thanks for the heads up about the terrain. I see the route is taking that stretch of River Rd between Edwards and Whites Ferry. I have been on that nice bit of gravel many times. As long as you guys aren't drifting through the turns it shouldn't be a problem. ;)

    August 21

  • Bill P.

    WillRideForFood (as long as it is excellent food!) It is a great group. If you haven't been on hard packed dirt with a rock/gravel topping, you will just have to be extra cautious.

    Tom, what do you think about the route I proposed? Actually we might as well meet-up in Darnestown.

    1 · August 21

  • Charlie

    Hey everyone, I just joined this group and I'm thinking this could be a great ride to get my feet wet on. I'm experienced with solo riding but haven't really done anything with more than a couple other bikes involved. So I look forward to seeing some of you soon! Did that sound wrong??? ;P

    August 20

  • Bill P.

    Mapquest routed across MD 200, then MD 27 then MD 197 is about 52 minutes and 39 miles. Would have to have kick stands up at 7:20, so meeting about 7:10. What do you think?

    August 20

  • Rana N.

    Sorry Andrei. Won't be able to make this ride... got a family gathering to go to. U guys have a great ride!

    August 18

  • Andrei

    Guys, I moved it to August 24
    It is not correct date, the correct date will be announced later

    June 2

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