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Old 06-07-2009, 11:34 AM   #1
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NOVA Weekend Rides

Started this thread so we can hookup for weekend riding and posting pics from those rides. Ride safe!
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:09 PM   #2
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Sunday ride: Whites Ferry

Met up with Elkhound in Herndon then rode out to meet bbooker at Whites Ferry. Almost hit some of the fog I heard about on the news this morning, but it wasn't bad.


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Elkhound (L) and bbooker payed up. (hey no one covered my fare??)


Trying to make this a hardtop-only ride but we couldn't avoid the gravel but we tried. bbooker made it look easy.


Ahh the good stuff!


Getting back into Virginia across Point of Rocks.


Nice morning fellas Post up some of your pics if you want
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:50 PM   #3
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Donnymoto, your first picture shows why its best to
go early in the morning. Coming back on that same road early this
afternoon was miles of cars.
They raised the fee for the ferry from $2 to $3 - still a good deal.

On White's Ferry BBooker, Donnymoto, Elkhound



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Old 06-07-2009, 02:06 PM   #4
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nice.

I would have expected more traffic at the Point of Rocks bridge on a Sunday.

Unfortunately, I don't have any pics (and I even had my camera sitting out in the kitchen for this), but I found a nice route near The Plains. I even ran into somebody on a 640 Adv that I assume is on this board but I forgot to ask.

Anyway, I took Rt 55 west out of Gainesville then turned North on Bust Head Rd (Yes, Bust Head Rd), aka Rt 628. It is a very scenic gravel road. Very technical (for a gravel road) in that it had some steep ascents/descents, and is pretty rough and loose with some mud due to the recent rains. But it is VERY scenic too. I continued North on 628 (it changes names and made my way to Burland Lane (Rt 705) to Coon Tree Rd(Rt 706) and back on Halfway Rd (Rt 626) into the plains.

The route goes through Horse Country with lots of farms and beautiful homes (it seems like everyone one has a handbuilt stone fence). Two thumbs up for Bust Head Road. Now, if I can just find a Bust Balls Rd in VA, it must be awesome.
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Old 06-07-2009, 02:53 PM   #5
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Busthead is nice!
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:37 PM   #6
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Good ride

Yes, it was a good ride today. Here a few of the shots I got.

Elkhound and Donnymoto arriving at Whites Ferry.




Donnymoto and Elkhound riding the ferry. For those not familiar with Whites Ferry, it's the only currently operational ferry across the Potomac. A little history about it that I dug up on the Internet (so it must be true )

Early settlers recognized that the relatively still waters of the Potomac River at the location would provide an ideal location for a ferry. The first known ferry operation at the location was Conrad's Ferry in 1817. After the Civil War, former Confederate officer Elijah V. White purchased it and made many improvements to the service. He named his ferry boat in honor of his former commander, General Jubal Anderson Early.

More than a convenient river crossing, the ferry provided a place of commerce between the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the surrounding community. Farmers from Virginia used the ferry to get their crops to markets in Maryland and Washington, D.C. via the canal. In the days before modern refrigeration, a farmer's access to reliable transportation meant the difference between prosperity and watching a year's worth of work rot in storage. Together, the ferry and the canal shortened the time it took farmers to get their goods to market. To further assist them, White built a granary along the canal to store grains until they could be loaded and shipped via the canal. Its stone remains can still be seen in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park near mile marker 35.5.



A little map consultation.



Awesome ride guys, thanks!
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:40 PM   #7
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Did you know BBooker has fans?

Well, BBooker appears to have at least one fan.


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Old 06-07-2009, 07:22 PM   #8
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:02 AM   #9
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Well, BBooker appears to have at least one fan.

Don told me to create a diversion while he hid Ali Gator. That was the only thing I could think of to do. (I guess it worked.)
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:50 PM   #10
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Much bigger turnout than I expected given the forecast for rain. Didn't get an actual count, but it seemed like it was well over a dozen.
If we didn't have 20 bikes at the start, we didn't miss it by far.
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:30 PM   #11
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Newbie looking to tag along

Hey everyone, I'm new to ADV and actually kind of inherited ADV when I bought my DL1000 a couple of months ago. It had an ADV sticker on it from a trip the previous owner took to Alaska on the bike.

Anyway, I'm looking for others to ride with in NoVa, I'm in Leesburg and would welcome any invites for a British Newbie to tag along and enjoy some of the gorgeous scenery we have.

Let me know when you guys are planning your next ride and if you have room for one more :)

Thanks in advance,

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Old 08-26-2011, 07:45 AM   #12
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Welcome, if you are free this weekend then head out to this Cat Herder camp/ride, great time and you can meet TONs of the local and a few distant ADV'rs

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Next weekend is a can't miss event. It's going to be a weekend worth of riding.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=700824

VaTrader, you in?
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Let me know when you guys are planning your next ride and if you have room for one more :)

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Old 08-26-2011, 07:54 AM   #13
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Welcome Stevie!

There will surely be a bunch of rides over the coming weeks. If you're not on there already you might check out stromtroopers.com as well; good site for us VStrom owners.
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:45 PM   #14
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Any one up for a ride this weekend on Sunday? Maybe a trip a lil West of the traditional LoCo/Fauquier routes? Still a bunch of gravel roads and beautiful scenery through Hume. See the red route.... one I have run before but will change a bit.



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Old 08-31-2011, 07:59 PM   #15
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Also thinking lunch at the Apple House unless others have suggestions?

http://www.theapplehouse.net/kitchen.html

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