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Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by macaroni, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Cool! By Spring, do you mean like this Sunday? Can you believe the forecast - 70 on Saturday, 68 Sunday. Unbelievable for mid-January. I'm thinking of doing a long bicycle ride... Last year we bought a bunch of hay to feed our horses and I think I threw out maybe ten bales all Winter; they turned their noses up at it and grazed green grass. I ended up giving all the hay to a friend who feeds year-round so that it didn't just go bad. We bought more hay this Fall but it's looking like it might be the same kind of Winter again this year.

    Seriously, it would be great to get together later this Spring when the higher (i.e. dirt-ier) roads are open again for bike travel. There's some great country around here and I'm still exploring.

    Ride safe, watch for all that sand and gravel!

    Doug
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  2. yuu

    yuu Been here awhile

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    Another NoVA Arlingtonian here.

    There's a good bit of stuff tucked up in various portions all around that goole map you posted.
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  3. macaroni

    macaroni Been here awhile

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    Howdy yuu!

    Yeah there's a lot of great stuff around there. Just wish I had more time and unlimited finances.
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  4. dentvet

    dentvet Long timer

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    I'm interested, what route do you use towards Hburg? i'd be joining up coming down from Marshall
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  5. macaroni

    macaroni Been here awhile

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    Howdy Dentvet!

    Not sure we're going to ride Long Run or Dunkle Hollow....mtnflow over in the Cat Herders thread did a little recon yesterday and posted some photos of snow and ice on the mountain. Here's the post:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=402683&page=1497

    We're trying to think of a plan B in lower elevations....
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  6. macaroni

    macaroni Been here awhile

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    The promise of warm weather was too much to resist this past Sunday so I decided to ride the route poolman described on a previous post. The weather was not as anticipated and a heavy fog stayed in the area all day.

    After getting a late start, I climbed into my gear and headed north on the GW Parkway. Having picked up some tips from JaxObsessed and WayneJ, I tried my hand at motion photography. This is my first attempt and took me a bit to work up the courage. Whenever these moments of fear or doubt hit me I hear gastone's voice in my head, "Matt, don't go out like a bitch."

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    After a few miles on GW and the inner loop of the beltway, I turned onto River Road heading north into Maryland. I didn't take any motion shots due to heavy traffic and lack of confidence, but I did stop by Seneca Creek School house for photos and map check on my way to McKee-Besher's Wildlife Management Area.

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    If you have ever been on River Road you may have been surprised by the standards of living. Vast sprawling estates, gated to keep people out but just transparent enough to allow the passerby to stare with envy, are stacked side-by-side each one trying to out do the next in size and expense. As I see these places I cannot help but wonder at what sort of lives these people live.

    Onwards and upwards, I say! So I spent a few miles wandering through McKee-Beshers while getting lost in the fog of my thoughts and came to the end of Sycamore Landing Road. Walked around a bit and snapped some shots along the canal and over the Potomac River.

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    Jumped back on the bike and headed further north on River Road. A couple of turns and River Road is hard packed gravel for a couple of miles before dropping you right at White's Ferry Crossing.

    Another motion shot along River Road:
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    After a quick break at White's Ferry, I headed into Poolesville. Saw this lovely little gem and couldn't resist a chance to take a photo:
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    Couldn't tell what sort of business occupies it now but I like to think in it's former life it was a stately brick bank occupying a prominent position in the society of Poolesville before being covered in peeling plaster. Perhaps this is the fate of us all...

    Getting late in the day I pointed my pig south where beer and food was calling my name.
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  7. yuu

    yuu Been here awhile

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    For more local relevance, perhaps The Bunnyman stickers.
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  8. macaroni

    macaroni Been here awhile

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    Yeah maybe but a hairless goat-sucker has a really nice ring to it. :rofl
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  9. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    The promise of warm weather was too much to resist this past Sunday so I decided to ride the route poolman described on a previous post. The weather was not as anticipated and a heavy fog stayed in the area all day.



    Yeah, we got out as much as possible this weekend too. Nice photos - it's hard to get good crisp shots with such flat light. I love the motion shot! I've done a bunch of them and feel pretty comfy doing it these days.

    On Saturday we got up fairly early and went for a long hike over near Eagle Rock; drove over in fog and mist, light rain, thinking GREAT, it was supposed to be warm and sunny! WTF?! By the time we got to the trailhead the fog had lifted, the mist quit, and we enjoyed a 6 mile hike (with 16 stream crossings, no bridges, VERY slick!). The sun came out and the humidity was very high so we were totally over-dressed and sweating like pigs. The dogs in their thick winter coats had their tongues hanging out a foot and every time we crossed the stream they'd lay in it to drink and cool off. A very strange day for mid-January, but gorgeous.

    Sunday we had chores around the house to take care of, then got out on the bike for about 100 miles of cautious lowland touring in the afternoon. The roads were pretty slick, wet everywhere from the cool ground plus warm humid air combo and the residual sand/gravel the VDOT has put down everywhere. We had sun and blue sky here, just glorious, but the roads were still wet all day. Since then, we've had 36 hours of rain with temps in the 50's so the creeks are up and it's neck deep mud everywhere. We need the moisture, I just wish it would snow like it's supposed to in Winter!

    OK, back to work.... :D Glad you got out for a nice ride!

    Doug
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  10. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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  11. macaroni

    macaroni Been here awhile

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    Poolman: the ride was great regardless of the weather.

    So that's the old City Hall Building, what's in it now?
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  12. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    It was originally a bank before the Great Depression, then became Poolesville Town Hall. I believe it is now vacant because Town Hall had to become ADA compliant, and it was cheaper to move to a new location than to update the building! So much for history...
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  13. CharlestonRider

    CharlestonRider Adventurer

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    Thanks for the pictures from Harper's Ferry. It brought back a flood of memories for me when I used to roadrace at Summit Point Raceway (about 15 miles from Harper's Ferry). If it is still there, the Hilltop House in Harper's Ferry is a great place for breakfast!

    Cheers.
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  14. WayneJ

    WayneJ City Slicker

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    Hilltop House has been closed for a number of years and is in disrepair.

    http://www.herald-mail.com/news/tri...-atop-a-town-divided-20111107,0,4692407.story

    I think it was tagged in one of the local TOR games and it was reported that there were holes in the roof.

    This photo shows some damage to front. Most of the porch roof is gone and there is other damage in the center.
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    Here's what it looked like before closing.
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  15. stevemd

    stevemd Adventurer

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    We dined at Hilltop House a few years ago. I guess it closed soon after. (Not guilty of doing anything there that would have hastened its closing)
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  16. macaroni

    macaroni Been here awhile

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    Wow what a great old building! It's a shame the town and the developers cannot come to an agreement on the direction of the renovation work.
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  17. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    I was at the Hilltop House in September. It must have been an amazing place in its glory days. Now it is defunct and deteriorating:
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    Beautiful riding destination though:
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    With a nice overlook of the Potomac River:
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    Please excuse the crappy cell phone pics...
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  18. JHaun

    JHaun On the Journey.

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    I've enjoyed following this thread. I'm new to the area (last September) and due to a newborn I wasn't able to get out and explore much in the fall. Anxiously awaiting for spring so I can get out and explore these places. I agree that Harpers Ferry is a great place to visit. Here's a pic from last October.

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  19. macaroni

    macaroni Been here awhile

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    Welcome JHaun! Thanks for following along! Once the weather warms up a bit more, I'm planning on heading into Harper's Ferry for a visit. I'll let you know if you want to come along.
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  20. Mastodon

    Mastodon Mother F'n Dinosaur

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    I took a picture there this past fall.
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    Nice riding out in that area. Can't wait for this weather to leave so I can get back out there!
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