Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, VA: 2: 29 Aug, 2009 (53 miles)
The Panorama Visitor Center of the Shenandoah National Park is about 74 miles from Arlington, VA. Take I66 West to Exit 43B. Take 29 South to Warrengton. Join 211 West until the signs guide you to the park entrance. At the park entrance head south about a quarter of a mile and you come to the visitor center. It was a great day, cool with temperatures in the 70s and fog filled in the valleys. I was out on the trail at around 8:30. By the time the fog cleared the butterflies were out; hundreds of them. Biking was better than the first round I had at the park; I was getting used to the uphills. From the Panorama Visitory Center I headed North on the Skyline Drive until the Dickey Visitor Center that is about 25 miles away. Yet 55 miles later I was beat.