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Old 12-02-2011, 09:24 AM
 
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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.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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There would be no best route. It would be better to shelter in place. Remember the debacle earlier this year with the early closing due to an afternoon snow storm? It would be worse than that.

I've come to accept that if any castrophe happens, I'm just going to have to ride it out wherever I am.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:29 AM
 
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I'm going to wait for all of the answers and then take any road not mentioned.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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If I was home, I'd stay there. No sense getting trapped out on the road without food/water/shelter. I figure I'd die in a nuclear blast anyways (would i survive a nuke .com)
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:30 AM
 
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If there indeed is a best route and if it was posted on a public forum, then rest assured, when the time came to evacuate, it would be the worst route to take!

But yes, any route going west or south west would be a good route to take.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:33 AM
 
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If I were home, I would just hunker down. I have already collected extra water, canned food, etc. and stored them in our root cellar.

If I were at work downtown, I'd try to get out ASAP. Otherwise, my back-up plan is to stay at a friend's house in Arlington until I could make my way home.

Also, since we are in Winchester I might have some friends from DC or Arlington who need to flee so I would get my guest rooms ready!
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:45 AM
 
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I once heard that part of the reason for building the Appalachian Trail was to serve as an evacuation route for people on foot. Do you think someone was pulling my leg or was that once actually a plan? I've hiked a bit of it and it seems hard to believe it would make a good evacuation route.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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One idea might be to head to Luray Caverns. You could ride out a lot of things in there.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Middleburg
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I once heard that part of the reason for building the Appalachian Trail was to serve as an evacuation route for people on foot. Do you think someone was pulling my leg or was that once actually a plan? I've hiked a bit of it and it seems hard to believe it would make a good evacuation route.
Before the days of cars I can't think of any safer place to be than the Appalachian trail. Does the Washington Old Dominion bike path cross the App. trail at any point?
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Leesburg
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I once heard that part of the reason for building the Appalachian Trail was to serve as an evacuation route for people on foot. Do you think someone was pulling my leg or was that once actually a plan? I've hiked a bit of it and it seems hard to believe it would make a good evacuation route.
Makes me think of some alternative ways out of DC. Bike paths and even walking trails might be quicker with just a bicycle. Some paths could accommodate a car.
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