Sterling - Front Royal - Charles Town Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE
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Starting at the Sterling Park Shopping Center, head south on Sterling Blvd. Cross over Rt. 28 and turn left on Pacific Blvd. Turn right on 606 and take that all the way to Rt. 50. Head west (turn right) on 50 until you get to Rt. 15. Turn south on 15. In Haymarket, head west on 55 to Front Royal. Take 340 north to Charles Town where you pick up Rt. 9. Head east on 9 to Rt. 7. Go east on 7, turn right on Sycolin Rd. Sycolin changes names several times (Sycolin, Ashburn Farm Pkwy, Farmwell Rd, Waxpool Rd and Church Rd). Turn right off of Church onto Holly to get back to Sterling Blvd.
This route has a little bit of everything... Starting in Sterling, VA, a suburb of Washington DC, it takes you west to the foot of Skyline Drive in Front Royal then heads north to Charles Town, WV before heading back to Sterling. Along the way you'll ride along some flat open country roads, some gentle curves and climb some mountains. The one thing you won't see is a lot of traffic.
Roads are in good shape. Nice cruising conditions. Route 9 out of Charles Town runs up the mountains with some curves but everything else is relatively flat with nice gentle, rolling curves.
You run through a few small towns with locally owned restaurants and shops but for the most part you're enjoying the scenery.
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