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I liked Wyo's idea of posting and storing some of our favorite maps and rides here in our own little forum. I am going to start posting rides and maps here as an archive.
 

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I liked Wyo's idea of posting and storing some of our favorite maps and rides here in our own little forum. Here's one of my favorite local loops starting at, you guessed it, Johnson's Surly Charcoal & Beef House in scenic downtown Leesburg. We've ridden most of this loop a couple of times and you'all saw some of this in my videos. Three states, a National Park, a ferry ride, twisties, several river crossings, some super slab and a nice new H-D dealership all in 150 easy hunt-country miles.
A nondelinquent here snooping about.

HD... that is the coolest map. You could start a business providing well illustrated routes replete with food stops, gas stops, amatuer stops, etc.

I wish someone was doing that around here. Great job.

I have very dear friends in Leesburg.
 

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Thanks 8-Ball, glad you like 'em. And yer right as rain, I am always Googling the web for maps and rides done by locals who have been-there-done-that and there are not too many out there. Sounds like an opportunity!
 

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Leesburg to Harper's Ferry to Winchester Loop Ride

Here's one of my favorite local loops starting at, you guessed it, Johnson's Surly Charcoal & Beef House in scenic downtown Leesburg. We've ridden most of this loop a couple of times and you'all saw some of this in my videos. Three states, a National Park, a ferry ride, twisties, several river crossings, some super slab and a nice new H-D dealership all in 150 easy hunt-country miles.
 

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What is the software you are using. It has just the right amount of detail for the scale and you are obviously annotating key points in the legend. Will it work on a Mac?

Checked out your website... very well done.... man, I am starting to sound like a groupie.

The video is to die for...
 

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I'm gonna guess you're using MS Streets and Trips?

I just picked up this program today, 8, and it's the cat's meow.

Great trips, Lux. Maybe one day this summer I'll be able to get down your way and take a ride with you folks.

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Yer right, the software I've been using is Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006. It is $39 in stores and $37 online. There is no MAC version out but there is other great mapping software for OSX. It's pretty cool but at the same time hard to get used too. You can zoom to some pretty nice detail (here's the town where I grew up at a medium zoom level) I want to just trace a route and save the map but you have to setup a start and end then let it choose the roads. You can tweak it for highways, no tolls, that kind of stuff. But to get the real byways you have to go in and add "stops" or drag-n-drop the route to a favorite road, then it rethinks the route. Takes a lot of time to stop it from making stupid choices. But you get there sooner or later. Then it is easy to dump out the web page or an exported graphic.
 

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Is that a picture of the OSX software or the MS. If it is the OSX, what is it called. I did a search and couldn't come up with anything similar. Thanks.
 

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Two Spring Rides

Just archiving these notes in our Maps & Rides thread. Maybe this could be our first sticky? Wyo? And maybe the Pride of Lions thread is worth a Sticky Delinquent's thread too?

Two NoVa Spring Roads Worth Seeing

Archived from this original thread.

Lime Kiln Road

First, not to make this into some sort of "Brokeback Cruisers" forum or anything but if you ride up Lime Kiln Road from Rt 15 to Snickersville Turnpike over the next few days you will see a sight that only good ole Virginee can offer up. The road winds up Goose Creek and along both banks for several miles are huge fields of Virginia Bluebells hugging the banks. The smell and the sea of Va blue is pretty amazing. Won't last more than a few more days though!


Burkittsville MD

Second, I hit the road early today while the kiddies were still snoozing and rode up Rt 15 North to 340 West towards Harper's Ferry. I jumped off on 340 on 17 Burkittsville Road and followed the sign towards Burkittsville about 4 miles off 340. Was figuring I'd do a little impromptu Blair Witch Ride. Turn left in town on Main Street and follow it up the little mountain to Gathland State park up Gatland Road. Nice little Civil War stop. Then stay on Gapland Road down the mountain til you hit Rt. 67 and then left takes you right into Harper's Ferry from the back way. The loop through Burkittsville is gorgeous.
 

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Thanks bro...good job...now all we gotta do is get out and confirm the accuracy of those maps!
 

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I'll have to figure it out because I can't see it on the map, but I did this ride one day up 15 to Point of Rocks, 672 to Lovettsville, and some back ass roads through a ton of vineyards that ultimately brough me out through Hillsboro to Round Hill and then I hooked up on 7 to Snickersville Tnpk, to 50 through Middleburg, to 15 towards Leesburg to Evergreen Mills and back into Ashburn. It was like three hours and beautiful. As I was riding through the vineyard roads I was behind an guy in an older Mustang 'vert sucking on a pipe... I sort of followed the tasty scent. Great escape ride for a couple hours.

It'd be fun to throw dinner into that somewhere along the line and cap it off with a great stoagie. I'll try and ride/find the missing pieces of the route and post the map. You can throw Hapers Ferry into that ride easy across the river to Brunswick and up the river to 340.
 

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Another great ride would be to head out 50 past Romney, WVa through the twisties up into to Deep Creek, grab lunch and come back. There are some major "tail of the dragon" switch back, up and down, challenging rides "out there." I came back that way from St. Clairsville, OH last year through Deep Creek capping off a ~1,000 miles weekend trip and even though I was 2-up and way exhausted, it was too fun.

I think it's 7W to 81S to 50W to 50/28 to 50/220 to 50 to 42 to 38 to 495 into Deep Creek. I've got a Victory friend that could hook us up at the "Yacht Club" for burgers and a beer, maybe a swim, and head back for the downhill fun. It's another beauty of a ride and exhausting for a good nights sleep. Probably an all day ride though.
 

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Another great ride would be to head out 50 past Romney, WVa through the twisties up into to Deep Creek, grab lunch and come back. There are some major "tail of the dragon" switch back, up and down, challenging rides "out there." I came back that way from St. Clairsville, OH last year through Deep Creek capping off a ~1,000 miles weekend trip and even though I was 2-up and way exhausted, it was too fun.

I think it's 7W to 81S to 50W to 50/28 to 50/220 to 50 to 42 to 38 to 495 into Deep Creek. I've got a Victory friend that could hook us up at the "Yacht Club" for burgers and a beer, maybe a swim, and head back for the downhill fun. It's another beauty of a ride and exhausting for a good nights sleep. Probably an all day ride though.
Most of our rides are intended to be all day...we're considering a couple of overnighters as well...nice area to ride in for sure!
 

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Another non NOVA here, NONC though, so kinda close. I do spend a lot of time riding in VA, since the roads I think are far more interesting. Thanks for pointing out the VA Beach Bike Classic, I might try to make that.

Anyway, mapping software. If you haven't already, check out Google Earth. It's free, and really amazing. Garmin GPS mapping software will actually export things like tracks, routes, and waypoints to it. You can save things to a file and others can open it in GE. Export images. Lotsa cool stuff.
 

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Another nice ride is wherever you start from get to rt.211 in Warrenton, follow that out to Luray, when you get to the top of the mountain take the Skyline Parkway North to Front Royal and then jump on 66 west back. Fun ride but does cost you like 3-4 bucks for the Skyline rd. Lots of other backroads you can take to 211 and home from Front Royal if you desire but I just like blasting back down 66.
 

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A great ride I know about is to head west...
...keep going until you reach Colorado.
And live there! Away from this damn humidity!
TiJon. AKA - The Colorado Kid!
 

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I can also recommend taking Rt 11 from I66 on down. You can wind down the backbone of the Shenandoah valley and connect over to 211, or 55 and come up visiting several vineyards along the way as well as some pretty scenic little towns.

So....although I'm Texan, I'm her in NoVA for awhile and wuz wondering how one becomes a "delinquent"?
 
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