Ballston, VA to Mt. Vernon, VA: 1: 16 May, 2009 (43 miles)

Starting from MaryMount University, Ballston, Arlington VA head East on Custis trail until you hit Key Bridge in Rosslyn. Join the Mt. Vernon Trail South. Its a beautiful trip along the Potomac river. At about 11 miles you will be in Old Town, Alexandria. Stop for a coffee, snack or lunch and head south another 10 miles to reach George Washington's House at Mt. Vernon. You can stop to watch the planes landing near Reagan National. There are always lots of people at a point where the planes are quite close to the ground. I find it scary and quite painful on the ears. Other than that its a great ride to Mt. Vernon and back.