Almost Here: Peace Corps Cyclist Headed to DC
By Erica Burman on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
Remember Thomas Camero? The Honduras Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) who is cycling across the country from Oregon to join thousands of other RPCVs here in Washington, D.C. next week for Peace Corps 50th anniversary events?
Well we heard from him this morning, and he’s almost here!
Whew, it’s been a long, wonderful journey. I am now in Virginia, close to Lexington, and will be able to make a 21 Sept. ride into DC, pending no more dog attacks, wrong way turns, or “you can’t go there, it’s too far” comments.
I have reviewed George’s earlier suggestions to get into DC, and catching the W&OD from Purcelville is around a 45 mile jaunt. I think I would rather have more like 25 miles to ride the last day, if possible, and have anyone available to join me along the route into the city. I have no idea where my terminus might be, suggestions?
I have a cell 541-399-4946 now, and as I get closer I’ll broadcast my whereabouts. Sure hope U, other RPCVs, friends, and family will be able to join the entourage.
Thanks mucho for your support.
T, Rider 002
Congratulations Thomas for making it this far. We look forward to meeting you in person!
Ride Plan and Schedule
Peace Corps 50, Ride to DC
LV: 10:00 am, 21 September 2011
Start at the Comfort inn in Herndon, VA
Comfort Inn Dulles International Airport <http://maps.google.com/maps/place?cid=8412311295544331513&q=Comfort+Inn+near+Herndon,+VA&hl=en&checkin_date=&num_nights=0&ved=0CB4Q-gswAA&sa=X&ei=zntyTonoPOiqiALD-43-Cg> Google MAP <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Comfort+Inn+near+Herndon,+VA&hl=en&ll=38.967317,-77.368941&spn=0.01942,0.038924&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=42.03917,79.716797&vpsrc=0&t=h&z=15&iwloc=A>
200 Elden Street, Herndon, VA
Take Carlisle Dr and the Trail through the park S to the W&OD trail (see MAP above).
This has us enter the W&OD at just over mile 19 on the trail.
Follow the W&OD East toward DC: Stopping at the following places to meet other riders.
AR: 11:15am LV: 11:30am 10 miles
1) Park just after Maple Ave crosses the Trail in Vienna (~ mile 11.6) This is behind the Whole Foods which is on Maple just east of the W&OD. Google MAP <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=38.901437,-77.261696&hl=en&sll=38.901222,-77.26526&sspn=0.034738,0.06403&num=1&t=h&vpsrc=0&z=16> (Meet by the Green Arrow) Street View <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=vienna,+va&hl=en&ll=38.902389,-77.264185&spn=0.000134,0.077848&sll=38.967317,-77.368941&sspn=0.01942,0.038924&vpsrc=0&t=h&z=14&layer=c&cbll=38.902543,-77.263988&panoid=bMZEuuE1tE4RAhghO7YPmA&cbp=12,135,,0,0> (Park is a few 100 feet further on.)
AR: Noon LV: 12:15 pm 5-6 miles
2) 7-11 at Leesburg Pike and West Street, Falls Church, VA (1 block SW of the Trail (where is crosses West St. at ~ mile 7 on the W&OD) Google Map <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=38.891242,-77.183837&hl=en&sll=38.89195,-77.185001&sspn=0.017369,0.032015&num=1&t=h&vpsrc=0&z=17> Street View <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Falls+Church,+VA&hl=en&ll=38.891357,-77.183922&spn=0.000008,0.004866&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=42.03917,79.716797&vpsrc=6&t=h&z=18&layer=c&cbll=38.891357,-77.183922&panoid=_Q0REjxYe3maApYllvbmKg&cbp=12,147.28,,0,0>
AR: 1:45p LV: 2:00 pm 10 miles
3) Bon Air Park Arlington VA at intersection of the W&OD and Custis Trail (~ mile 4 on the W&OD). Google Map <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=38.87914,-77.138754&hl=en&sll=38.890958,-77.18315&sspn=0.005061,0.009731&num=1&t=h&vpsrc=0&z=17> .
From here branch left on the Custis Trail to Rosslyn (crossing under I-66 at the first underpass.) Street View of underpass <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=38.879157,-77.136147&hl=en&sll=38.879366,-77.138336&sspn=0.005061,0.009731&num=1&t=h&vpsrc=0&z=17> . Street View of end in Rosslyn <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=38.899158,-77.07201&hl=en&sll=38.87975,-77.134634&sspn=0.005061,0.009731&num=1&t=h&vpsrc=0&z=17> (at the Key Bridge Marriott.)
Cross The GW Parkway on a pedestrian bridge and continue along the Potomac River to the Memorial Bridge Near Arlington Cemetery where PC Ceremonies will occur on the weekend.
Cross the river at the Memorial Bridge (S Side), pass the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool; go East along the Mall to the GW Monument, then T N passed the White House to the End of our ride at the W Hotel. AR: 3:00p W Hotel
Distance for the route after the first 15 miles on the W&OD trail is about 8 miles by car, so maybe 9 miles by bike, for a total of 28 miles from Herndon.