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Let’s Ride to Poolesville, MD & take the White's Ferry across the C&O Canal

  • May 17, 2014 · 8:30 AM
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Directions:
Head towards I-295 North
TAKE EXIT I-395
Merge onto I-695 I-395 HOV
Take Exit 10C for GW PKWY N Towards Mem. BRIDGE
MERGE onto GW Pkwy  10.3 mi

Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-495 N/Maryland and merge onto I-495 N  2.4 mi

Take exit 39 for MD-190 toward Washington/Potomac 0.4 mi

Take exit 39A on the left for Maryland 190 W/River Road toward Potomac W 0.4 mi

Merge onto MD-190 W/River Rd 11.5 mi

Turn left onto River Rd 1.4 mi

Turn right onto Partnership Rd 3.8 mi

Continue onto MD-107/Fisher Ave 4.6 mi

Continue onto Whites Ferry Rd Destination will be on the right 4.0 mi

Destination will be on the right

--------coming home--------

Rte 655

James Monroe Hwy Rte 15

Rte 50

to 95

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWEDu-dlAc8

Leesburg-White's Ferry-Poolesville 24801 Whites Ferry Road Poolesville/Dickerson, MD 20842 <a>[masked] </a>

Motorcycles: $3

Hours: The ferry operates daily 5am to 11pm, weather permitting. The Ferry can hold approximately 20-24 cars in a single trip and takes under 2 minutes to load, 5 minutes to cross, and another 2 minutes to unload

In operation since 1786, this unique cable ferry crosses the Potomac River every 20 minutes. A popular crossing point for troops during the Civil War, it is a short distance downriver from White's Ford, where J.E.B Stuart's cavalry crossed in 1862. It is located six miles west of Poolesville and is the only ferry still operating on the Potomac River.

There used to be 100 ferries operating on the Potomac, this is the last one. The cars line up on what looks like a boat ramp and fill up the ferry. The ferry follows a wire cable to the other side. It runs continuously, year round, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. $4 one way or $6 round trip.

You can read about the history of the Ferry at Poolesville.com. Between the American Legion Bridge at Lock 12 to Point of Rocks, this is the only other Potomac River crossing, even though the Maryland/Virginia/DC area is a major population center. I wish there was a bridge here.

This bridge, built in 1876, supported traffic over the canal to the ferry. White's Ferry is a cable ferry service operating across the Potomac River. It is located six miles west of Poolesville, Maryland, and north of Leesburg, Virginia. It is the only ferry still operating on the Potomac River. The General Jubal A. Early carries cars, bicycles, and pedestrians between Maryland and Virginia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poolesville,_Maryland



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  • Tamie

    ok everyone...if you truly LOVE to ride back roads...winding roads, few traffic lights and stop signs...eat your wheaties and sip your coffee cause we are doing the dang thang Saturday morning 6/14 to Williamsburg. YES, one group with a "middle" lead and "tail gunner. If you miss a traffic light don't fret, the middle lead with become the lead so you can catch up to the flashing emergency signals. We will NOT pull over but ride slow in the far right lane. Know your HAND SIGNALS; KNOW your BIKE and how to LEAN..left and right. I am so excited I will even wash my bike tomorrow. LOL See ya soon. U-Turn will not even use GPS. AUGH! ROUTE HAS BEEN POSTED on the event page. If you can't join us. No worries. Put the route in your GPS and Ride it SOLO. You will enjoy the ride.

    June 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      My bike is still down.. I wanted to go on this cruise to W, Va! Enjoy be safe WIL

      June 14, 2014

  • Tamie

    Ok Rev n Rock what happened to you? Where did you disappear to? Man, rode the GSXR and the sportbikes just disappear on me. Man! Need to pull out the green machine.

    May 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      *maternity

      May 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Don't pull out the green machine until I see if you know what you're doing on the gixxer! Your tag looks like you're a "runner". Lol

      May 22, 2014

  • Cathy

    Great Ride! Beautiful Day! Good People!

    May 22, 2014

  • Tamie

    To ALL RIDERS: I support networking for ALL. So, if you desire to "MARKET/NETWORK" your business on KU I think it is only RIGHT to contribute to the COST of this website. IF YOU DON"T DONT MARKET/NETWORK your business here especially, without communicating with "sweet dear Tammy" (lol). CAPEESH? If this is on any of your profile page (No website cost/maintenance payments made.) You contributed "ZERO". So, Rev it's only $3.50 for six months or, you can give more (smile).

    May 19, 2014

    • Tamie

      thank you rev for your contribution. lol

      May 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks again "sweet dear Tammy!"

      1 · May 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey folks,

    I just wanted to give everyone an fyi that may or may not know I'm a full time Professional Photographer that shoots all events from weddings to birthdays to maternity to bikers. I attached one of my biker business cards and my website/business phone number is listed with several bike shoots I've done in the past (there's even self portrait of me with my R6.) If you're interested in taking pics with your bike, or your wife/husband, boyfriend/girlfriend, partner, mistress lol, hit me up for my rate and deals! Also, if you want one of my business cards, let me know when we take our next ride! Oh, and I spell photos as fotos with my company. That's not a typo. Lol

    May 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I posted the front & back of my card in the gallery! Peace

      May 19, 2014

  • Tamie

    Today' event was a very nice ride even if we did not take the ferry. Cool yet, pleasant weather, new riders and regs, perfect back roads (Rte 190 was A+, motorcyclist dream "minus" the flooded water sprays, gravel and mud (smile)) The magnificent HOMES or castles along the route was phenomenal. Oh, we can't forget those newly created emergency rest stops/outhouses with the special hand wipes... appreciated.........

    May 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I agree 110%. Speaking of the flooded water area; I'm about 2 clean my baby in my driveway now! "You'll" got my baby dirtier than she's probably ever been & I have to fix that because "we" only ride clean! Lol Yes the Po-to-Mac homes were beautiful, but after I visited Maui last summer, if I pay over a mill for a house I want a view of the Pacific! Lol

      May 18, 2014

  • Ronald T

    Well, I found out that Rt 28 North will not get me home!! Wondered why everyone else took Rt 28 South!! I just got home from VA byway of Leesburg after U Turn and traffic at Dulles Toll Rd and 495. #26 home.

    1 · May 17, 2014

    • Tamie

      Sweet Home Alabama! Ooops I'm in Maryland. Sweet Home .. Mary-land! and the sun is still shining.

      May 17, 2014

    • Ronald T

      To answer Tammy's question: whenever I'm in VA and I want to go home to Bmore, my Boy Scout training kicks in, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. So I headed North except we weren't South of 495!!!! Hence, I was lost, and instead of remembering my Boy Scout training and staying put, because once the group realizes that you are lost, they'll come looking for you. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I crack myself up sometimes! Peace my friends.

      1 · May 18, 2014

  • Tamie

    And finally, those of us who were left behind on the way home and those who lead, let's make it "common practice" to post updates "HERE". The old military adage, "Leave no man behind" applies to us too.". I appreciate ANYONE who volunteers to "Lead" it gives "Tam" a break but I agree, remember the "hazard lights" when going through traffic lights when, you notice the "green machine" or the "yellow bumble bee" is no longer visible in your mirror and, "Rev" Roc" is left without his boots on the side of the road while everyone is relaxing at a restaurant.. Much Luv. See you on the next event..

    May 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like you had a great ride. Sorry I missed out! Next time.

    May 17, 2014

  • Ron

    great ride as usual

    May 17, 2014

  • Tamie

    After the ferry since the ride is little over an hour to the ferry. We will fuel up after the ferry too:-) thanks for the suggestion. We can fuel up nearby. I'll check it out

    May 15, 2014

    • Tamie

      Disembark

      May 15, 2014

    • Tamie

      a toss up between RED ROBIN and Famou Dave(Chantilly, VA)

      May 17, 2014

  • Anthony Q.

    This meet up was good, but could have been great if the river wasn't so swollen. All in all, I had a great time with great people. And just think, the summer isn't even here yet. We still have plenty of time to ride this season. Lol

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Anthony Q.

    I made it home safely. Had a good time as usual. See you guys next week.

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Deborah

    Home safe.

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    had fun.. awesome group

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    home safe...great time great group to ride with look forward to the next one.

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    damned good ride!

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We need ppl to keep checking there mirrors so we don't get separated like we did today! Overall the ride was good!

    1 · May 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Those that ride out before everyone is ready and those running yellow lights should always check their mirrors because others are always left behind. As a meet up group, we should at least try to make sure we all arrive at our destination together as a group.

      May 17, 2014

  • Tamie

    #1 just got home

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im hm!

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We need ppl to keep checking there mirrors so we don't get separated like we did today! Overall the ride was good!

    May 17, 2014

  • Kenneth

    Home safe. Forgot to check in

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im home safe !!!

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Kim Y

    Home safe.

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Cathy

    #15 Home and price of gas went down 3 cents since I left this morning. Great ride. Peace

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Home safe. See u next week .

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Home safe.See u next week

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed the ride, thanks k u

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Karma

    Home safe!

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    #18 Back home in 30-minutes at 90mph. As always, I enjoyed seeing everyone and the ride. Until next time ...

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Heather

    home safe

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm home.i enjoyed the ride...even the road challenges. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Made it home.

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great ride for a first timer. U-Turn is an awesome leader and planner. Looking forward to my next ride

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Rick N.

    Great day for riding the countryside. Sorry I couldn't hang with the group for the rest of the afternoon. See y'all next time out. Ride safe.

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well.......Nobody responded so I take it yall still moving. I've been relaxing with my boots off @ a gas station. Lol. I'm gonna head home then to a friends house. Nice ride folks & see yall next go round!

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I followed 2 folks when we stopped last near Costco then everybody disappeared. I went ahead & continued on Lee Jackson Highway & stopped @ Exxon 2 fillup

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's the name of the restaurant yall going to?

    May 17, 2014

  • Ronald T

    Heather, we are on 15 south of Leesburg. Where are you?

    May 17, 2014

  • Ronald T

    Heather, we are on 15 south of Leesburg. Where are you?

    May 17, 2014

  • Shelton

    I'm running late I hope I can catch before you write off

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not going to make the meet up tomorrow. Enjoy the ride and I hope to ride with y'all soon :-)!

    May 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      You'll be missed. Be safe

      May 17, 2014

  • Tamie

    If you have never rode in a group, become familiar with riding in "formation" (very important) and, hand signals. Such as, single line, turn your blinkers off, need gas, left/right turn, sweep, etc. If you see someone (other than me) hold up their middle finger..that means they are pissed. Don't react! Smile.

    1 · May 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      CAn someone give me the finger too? ;-)

      1 · May 16, 2014

    • Tamie

      Heather? lol

      May 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like I'm not gonna make the ride this year.. Be safe and enjoy your ride!

    May 16, 2014

  • Heather

    Hey Karma... wanna ride tomorrow? we can meet at Horner Road at 8am.... let me know!

    May 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just called whites ferry and it is closed due to high water I'm sure it will be closed tomorrow also just a heads up

    May 16, 2014

    • Tamie

      Like heather said No worries. We should always have a route "B", carry raingear, gas can, gps, snacks, toolkit and,and.......

      May 16, 2014

  • Heather

    No fear my fine people... we have an alternative route to get to VA if the ferry isn't running.... It's only about an extra 30 mins.... The way back will still be pretty much the same... I will talk with Tammy to confirm.... and yes we are still eating somewhere along the way!

    1 · May 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So are we still on for tomorrow? Tammy or someone

    May 16, 2014

  • Rick N.

    If it's OK, I'm going to fall in behind on River Road as the group exits 495.

    1 · May 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI -- Bassett's in Poolesville is a nice little spot to eat, but before the ferry. After the ferry, you're close to downtown Leesburg's historic district where there are a few spots within a few blocks each other if, due to the size of the group, you want to shotgun out a bit for lunch. Enjoy your ride, good luck with the Potomac receding enough for the trusty Jubal Early to navigate it. If the water stays high and swift, crossing at Point of Rocks is a very pleasant ride and just a bit longer.

    May 16, 2014

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