Back in the day before I had any interest in fitness (yes, there was such a time!) my husband and his friends used to “bike for beer” and visit brew pubs off the Washington & Old Dominion trail. Since I started riding with my husband, we noticed a sign for West Ox Brewery near mile marker 25, but never stopped there until last weekend.
My husband might be carrying a 6-pack back home ….
We usually start our ride in Vienna, about 12 miles away, so while stopping for a beer usually sounds good, it doesn’t usually sound like a good idea. But last weekend I wanted a change of scenery, so we ended up starting our ride near mile marker 25, and riding out past Leesburg.
We stopped to look at Luck Stone Quarry
This was our turn-around point, somewhere between Leesburg and Purcellville.
When we got back to Old Ox Brewery we were surprised at how nice it was. They welcome cyclists with a bike rack, clean bathrooms, and a self-service water cooler.
We shared a flight of beer–I think we earned it with this elevation profile!
–and then cruised the last mile back to our car.
I really want to make it to the end of the Washington Old Dominion trail, so I’m sure we’ll be doing this ride again.
Have you found a fun place to stop on a long run or ride?