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Old 12-02-2011, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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i read that book by bryson (?) about it, there was some history, I am pretty sure it was done with hiking in mind. Besides the whole long distance evacaution idea is a product of the cold war, afaict, and AT is older than that.
Yes, Bill Bryson. Love that guy - he's hilarious!
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Old 12-02-2011, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Walking or biking or motorized scooter would be your best bet, I agree. Perhaps we should all have those foldable bikes at the ready?
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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Walking or biking or motorized scooter would be your best bet, I agree. Perhaps we should all have those foldable bikes at the ready?
Nah that's what capitol bike share is for
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Novastan
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This was a side topic on another thread, and seemed worthy of its own thread.

If DC had to be evacuated, what would be the best routes through Nova? I think I'd take 66, although that's bound to have gridlock.
Hi Caladium,

This is a really interesting question. I would probably take Columbia Pike or Lee Highway, depending on what bridge I crossed over. Then I would bail out on these roads and zig zag my way home.

If the weather was OK, I would consider walking home.
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:51 PM
 
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someone has been watching too many of 'The Walking Dead' shows.

if a worst case scenario ever did occur, getting out on foot with whatever you could carry is really the only option. the roads around DC can't even get people to and from work on a normal day reasonably in a vehicle, let alone a catastrophe actually occurring.
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Middleburg
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It ends in Purcellville.: Map of the W&OD Trail

Great idea about the bike path!
Purcellville can't be that far away from the App. Trail. Why haven't the two trails been connected? A matter of elevation, I suppose?
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:24 PM
 
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If I had to evacuate DC, I wouldn't go through NoVA. The bridges become immediate chokepoints and there are too few major roads to get traffic out of the area (VA-7, US-50, I-66, I-95, US-1). Instead I'd head into MD. If for some reason I need to head back into NoVA, then I'd go northwest on MD-28 to Point of Rocks and take US-15 to Leesburg. Alternatively go southeast on US-301 to Dahlgren.
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:32 AM
 
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if a worst case scenario ever did occur, getting out on foot with whatever you could carry is really the only option. the roads around DC can't even get people to and from work on a normal day reasonably in a vehicle, let alone a catastrophe actually occurring.
This. My husband works in DC and we live in Loudoun. He has a backpack in his office with extra clothes, food, water, flashlight, etc., for just such an occasion. If something catastrophic happens, he will walk out of there. I can't see anything else being a viable option. Start exercising, people, if you're not already.

I also agree with the previous poster. In case of nuclear, run toward the light.
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Purcellville can't be that far away from the App. Trail. Why haven't the two trails been connected? A matter of elevation, I suppose?
My guess is they're about 15-20 miles apart if you joined the trail near Harpers Ferry (maybe 40-45 miles if you try to go to Front Royal). That was always my main reason for a bit of when I heard this claim. The AT is just too far west to have been built to be an evacuation route.
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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This. My husband works in DC and we live in Loudoun. He has a backpack in his office with extra clothes, food, water, flashlight, etc., for just such an occasion. If something catastrophic happens, he will walk out of there. I can't see anything else being a viable option. Start exercising, people, if you're not already.

I also agree with the previous poster. In case of nuclear, run toward the light.
Interesting option. If he plans on walking, would he take the Heritage Trail back to Loudoun? (Or maybe the river trail on the Maryland side would be the wiser option, and then meet up with you at the crossing for 15).
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