We start on Dug Bank Road right after it becomes paved (3 kilometers from its start in the cycling friendly named town - Vanderpool).
Dug Bank rises 200 feet in several steps over 3 miles with open farmland on both sides. After a quick 1 kilometre west on highway 250 we continue north on Blue Grass Valley road also with open farmland on both sides. The left (west) is the ridge to West Virginia. This road takes us to the town of Blue Grass and along the beginning of the south branch of the Potomac River.
We finish the ride when we turn onto Snowy Mountain road (finishing just after our turn rather than climbing 4.5 miles to its 3500 foot peak - cuz that ain’t recovery!