We at America’s Routes would like to give our friends at Land Trust of Virginia a little love on their exciting event. The 2nd Annual Tour de Conservation Easement – Land Trust of Virginia. This event has covered all its expenses so all entry fees go to the cause. Please come out and support them on September 28, 2019

Use this link for details on the event:

Open Late at the National Sporting Library & Museum

Join us on July 26th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Middleburg for the Open Late program at the National Sporting Library.


America’s Routes Documentary Wins Emmy

Project Aims to Celebrate and Save Loudoun’s Rural Roads 

America’s Routes Photographer Douglas Graham and ABC7/WJLA Reporter Jay Korff won an Emmy for their documentary “The Long Road Home” about the America’s Routes project.

The two journalists teamed up on the 8-minute documentary, which captures the beauty and significance of Loudoun County’s unpaved roads and the fight to preserve them. It introduced viewers to America’s Routes, a team of journalists, historians and preservationists who are leveraging stunning images, meaningful storytelling, and historical research to encourage the public to hold on to this nearly 300-mile rural road network.

These dusty byways tell the stories of pioneers, wars, slavery and the struggle for freedom, the coming of the automobile, and the modern era existing beside traditional farms. Rather than allowing rural Loudoun and its roadways to turn into anywhere America, this initiative seeks to document, commemorate and educate about this irreplaceable resource. And, most importantly, its mission is to invite others to experience these roadways themselves, whether by car, on foot, bike or horse.

“No one with America’s Routes wants to discourage Loudoun’s success. On the contrary, members believe the region’s economy thrives thanks to the county’s bucolic charm,” Korff says in the documentary.

The 61st Emmys were presented by The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Saturday, June 22, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

The documentary also won Korff, Graham, and WJLA drone operators Richard Chamberlain and Alex Brauer the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Video.

Watch the video, and find America’s Routes’ photos, short stories, and a history tour that can be done on foot, horseback, bicycle or by car at

For more information, visit or call 540-687-6681.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Doug Graham may be reached at 540-467-2277.


Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder

June 9, 2019 / Salamander Resort & Spa / 500 N Pendleton St, Middleburg
Historic Gravel Roads of Western Loudoun
Shimano’s Hiroshi Matsumoto, Assistant Manager for Shimano Bicycle Components along with a large groups of local riders tour some of the historic gravel roads in Western Loudoun. (Photo by Douglas Graham/WLP)
Inspired by the growing effort to save Loudoun County Virginia’s network of historic gravel roads from being paved over, EX2 Adventures, a local event production company, has created an endurance cycling event called the Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder.  Scheduled for June 9, 2019, this event will showcase this dwindling, priceless treasure that was featured in a December 2018 story by Jay Korff of WJLA/ABC7 news.
The Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder is a scenic bike ride along historic gravel roads in Northern Virginia.  Located east of the Blue Ridge, in lush Loudoun Valley, these crushed rock roadways meander through awe inspiring beauty, past stone walls, grand estates, horse farms, wineries, bubbling creeks, tiny hamlets, and significant historical sites.  Riding these roads is a sublime experience – like stepping back in time and cycling through history.

With over 300 miles of gravel road dating back to the early 1700s, Loudoun County Virginia boasts the largest and oldest intact network of gravel roads in the United States.  When settlement in this area officially began in the year 1725, these roads were first used by mills and farms to get goods to market and by settlers to get to town and church.  Today these special routes are used by residents, farmers, visitors, equestrians, and cyclists.

The event will start and finish at Salamander Resort in the quaint town of Middleburg.  Salamander is a perfect setting for the event, with plentiful amenities, huge parking areas, and a gorgeous staging area.  From Salamander, riders will embark along a 40, 60, or 80-mile route.  The ride will be fully marked and supported, with well stocked rest stops, mechanical and SAG support, and great post-ride food and beverages.

To help preserve Loudoun’s unique and precious gravel roads, 5% of gross ride funds received will be donated to America’s Routes, a group that is advocating to save these historic rural roads from being paved over by development.  Riders may donate additional funds during registration.

For more information, please contact Andy Bacon at 703-338-3965, email or visit the EX2 Adventures website at

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