Can anybody suggest fall foliage road bike ride options?
Say, 1-2hr drive from DC/Bethesda.
This Sunday just freed up for me and could be perfect timing.
I've never gone down to Skyline, like this ride.
Or, maybe something in the Frederick area??
I just got home from a beautiful ride with tremendous fall colors. It is a 200K, but with the map you could shorten (or lengthen). It is a DC Randonneur ride that starts in Middletown, VA, goes North and then West into WVA, comes back into VA through Wolf Gap, heads south a bit then circles back up to the starting point. The fall colors were tremendous -- and tomorrow's weather looks to be better than today's. All told there is about 8,500 feet of elevation.
I have a map and cue sheet I can send, just e-mail me at email@example.com. Or you can go to the DCR site dcrand.org and click on the link for the "Capacon 200K."
Here is a description (ignore the controls, but there are stores at the control points):
"Starting from the Middletown Super 8<http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&ll=39.043719,-78.271408&spn=0.070528,0.11055&z=13&msid=113210692866331871019.0004558023a79d6943ea9>,
this route takes some fairly level terrain slightly west and mostly north along Cedar Creek Grade to an early first control at Cather?s Market on US50. Continuing north, there is more of a warm up on Poor House Road and a long slow downhill on Green Spring Road next to Green Spring Creek. After crossing Back Creek, there are several significant hills - with some terrific views - on the way to a volunteer control at Siler and then more big rollers to Cross Junction on US522. Plenty more climbing awaits through the big woods of Whitacre Road, with a last little uphill slog on US50 to break out in the open in the orchards near the aptly named High View. After winding through the orchards and traveling a short stretch of WV259, the riders turn onto CR13 for a wild ride down the mountain (with a few little
ups) to Capon Bridge and a much needed break at Greg?s Drive-in Restaurant. There is a relatively ?flat? stretch along the beautiful Cacapon River back to 259 at Yellow Springs. From there it?s familiar territory through Wardensville, up Trout Run and over Wolf Gap, down the mountain to Larkin?s and on home down Back Road, through Clary to US11."
I didn't see this till Sun. night. Doh!
200K in a day. Yikes. I don't think I'm fit to roll rando style.