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RESCHEDULED Fort Foote via Wilson Bridge Ride

Departure Times:

  • 8:45 AM – Van Dorn Metro Bus Loop (26 mile ride)
  • 9:30 AM – King Street Metro Kiss & Ride (18 mile ride)
  • 10:15 AM M-NCPPC Police Substation 01 at Harborview Ave. (10 mile ride)

Enjoy a leisurely spring ride over the Wilson Bridge to scenic Fort Foote Park, lunch on the Potomac River at National Harbor, and return through Old Town Alexandria.

Adventuring will ride down the Eisenhower Valley along Cameron Run, passing wading birds and Holmes Run Park, before stopping at King Street Metro to pick up our Alexandria riders. Next, we ride across the Wilson Bridge to the outskirts of the National Harbor complex to pick up our Maryland riders.

With our full compliment, we then make our way to Fort Foote, a remarkably intact Civil War fort on the Potomac River.  After stopping for a while to wander through the ruins of Fort Foote, we will loop back to National Harbor where we will have lunch on the water at McLoone’s Pier House.

After a leisurely lunch, we will re-cross the Wilson Bridge and make our way through beautiful Old Town Alexandria back to the Metros.  Those exiting at King Street Metro will finish around 1:30 PM. Van Dorn riders will be done around 2:00 PM.

All riders will need to bring the $2 Adventuring trip fee. The prices for lunch may be found at McLoone’s Pier House Menu. Lunch costs are in addition to the trip fee and are the responsibility of each individual rider.

The Trip Leader, [masked],[masked], will be using a hybrid bike and anticipates speeds averaging 10 mph.  The total distance is approximately 26 miles, with the longest segment between stops being roughly 5 miles.

The segment from the M-NCPPC Police Substation 01 to Fort Foote has a short but steep incline at Kerby Hill.  Riders are welcome to walk their bikes over this section, and an experienced rider will walk with you to get you to the park safely.

Otherwise, the approaches to the Wilson Bridge--coming and going--have inclines that make this a moderately difficult ride requiring extensive use of the lower gears.

Riders departing from / returning to Van Dorn Metro are required by Fairfax County ordinance to wear bicycle helmets. Adventuring requires riders under the age of 18 to be accompanied by an adult, and all municipalities visited during this ride require minors to wear helmets.

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  • Brett F.

    I was cold in the beginning, but I dressed in layers so I was ok. Very fun ride!

    May 27, 2013

  • John C.

    Five riders donned their wind breakers for a ride across the Potomac on a picture-perfect sunny spring day. Two Adventurers took the 26 mile route, while three opted for the 18 mile ride.

    Riding through Old Town, we saw the beautiful South Royal St. gardens--roses, iris, and flowering shrubs of every description displayed elegantly against the Federalist brick houses.

    The Wilson Bridge afforded stunning views of our Capitol City boarded by the white-capped waters of the Potomac River. The ride to the Fort was manageable, though we will be glad when the construction on Oxen Hill Rd is finished.

    The fort was not at all crowded, and we could ride along the broad earthworks and see the largest cannons of their day up close in their original positions. We also rode to the north end of the property to above the resupply dock to see the river up close.

    We ended the ride with a nice lunch at National Harbor and a short trip back to the Metros. Thanks, all, for a great day!

    May 26, 2013

  • David B.

    Thank you, John and Brett, for leading this ride. It was thoroughly enjoyable. It was a pleasure meeting you both and Tom and Paul. I look forward to riding with you all again.

    May 25, 2013

  • John C.

    Good morning, Adventurers!

    We're still "on" for this morning. The clouds are gone and the sun is out--perfect! Maybe the chill will keep the crowds down at Fort Foot.

    Lastly, though it looks like the remaining riders are all picking us up at King Street, we will still going to stop at Van Dorn on our way down.

    If you decide to wait for summer weather, please text me at[masked] or email me at [masked] so that we don't wait for you.

    Cheers!

    -j.

    May 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys, but at 52 degrees in the morning that is 18 degrees below my limit...Brrrr. Have fun, wear layers

    May 24, 2013

  • John C.

    Good evening, Adventurers!

    The weather is holding, though five degrees cooler than the original prediction. The breeze is from the northwest, so it should be at our back for the first part of the ride.

    Bare skin is not going to be your friend tomorrow, so--as silly as it sounds--dig out those mittens or driving gloves from last winter and make sure that you cover up while you're riding.

    Brett and I have panniers that you can use to store extra clothing when we stop at the Fort and for lunch, so you won't have to worry about carrying it around when you won't need it.

    Well, we're very excited to get this trip off the ground. We have a shortcut if the wind picks up. Otherwise, we're looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow.

    Cheers!

    -j.

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi John,

    I was going to meet you at the west end of the bridge, but changed my mind. See you at King St at 9:30.

    May 23, 2013

    • John C.

      Good evening, Keith! OK, we'll add you to the King St. list. ...Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Cheers! -j.

      May 24, 2013

  • John C.

    G'day, Adventurers!

    With 48 hours to go before our ride back in history followed by lunch on the Potomac River, the weather reports look good for Saturday. We should start the day in the high 60s and finish in the low 70s--perfect!

    So far, 2 riders are joining us at Van Dorn, 3 riders are joining us at King St., and 1 is joining us at the MNPPC Police Substation. It's not too late to invite your friends--there is no limit on the number of Adventurers on this ride.

    Cheers!

    -j.

    May 23, 2013

  • Brett F.

    Hmmm ... I had many things both pertinent and witty to say when this ride was originally posted, but now that it has been rescheduled it seems my bon mots are Lost To History. One thing I think I remember saying was: You should enjoy this ride if you enjoy a) historic Civil War cannons; b) beautiful views of the Potomac River; c) (I don't remember what c was) or d) all of the above. Hope you can join us!

    May 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      C) Really good company!

      May 20, 2013

  • John C.

    This is the Fort Foote ride originally scheduled for May 18th.

    May 8, 2013

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