Paris to Waterloo on the Splendid 688 (AKA Leeds Manor Road)! + ADD NEW ROUTE
19 in Virginia Virginia25 Miles
By State: Virginia Jake T.
on November 1, 2008
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Get yourself to Paris, VA and the intersection of US 50 and US 17. Head south on US 17 and in about 2 miles you'll see VA route 688 to the right. Start your route here and take a right on to 688 as it meanders southward down to Waterloo, VA.
Wow!!! I can't believe I've been riding motorcycles in the DC area for 12 years now and never found or heard about this beautiful little gem tucked away in Loudoun and Fauquier counties. I was tipped off to this sweet little run when I bumped into an old high school friend while I was out shopping at a home improvement store. He's a member of a biking club and told me that his group rides this at least 2 or 3 times a summer. On this ride you'll slip into some secluded hill and valley country with great diversity of heavily wooded sections and open viewing sections. There are quant little farms and cottages spread out throughout the drive with peaceful pastures some with grazing cattle. You pass near and over streams occasionally and there are a few nice new impressive homes but mostly it's a lot of modest and older country homes. Many of the homes are surrounded by picture perfect white or black wooden fences and stone driveway entrance walls. When I took this ride the leaves had not changed yet but I'll bet it would be even more incredible in the fall or spring when there would be even more colors to take in. It's only 11 miles so I suggest you either turn around and do it again or head down to the Blue Ridge Parkway and make it a day trip!
The roads offer a lot of nice gentle curves and sections with good elevation changes but none of the turns are twisties by any means. Road conditions are rough in a few sections and if it were not for this I would have given this road a 5 here. However, the best part about it was that when we took this ride (on a weekday evening) the roads were nearly empty ... passed one car going one way and then 2 cars coming back ... an ideal lazy country road to ride one ... you'll love it!
There really isn't too much to do along the way however there are at least four wineries along the way and the setting is perfect for these too. If we would have had more time that would have been a great way to take a break half way through the ride. I'm already getting a group together for the spring. Other than that there is not anything to do along the way yet there is a state park (Sky Meadows State Park) at the beginning so considering all this, I gave this motorcycle ride a 3 for amenities.
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