Actual trip: 16.2 miles
Elapsed time: Somewhere under 2 hours
For this evening's ride, I planned on following Rolling Road south past the Fairfax County Parkway and through Hooes Road Park via Cissna Road. Apparently someone failed to tell a developer that Hooes Road Park is in fact a park, as it is now entirely devoid of trees, grass, or anything resembling... well, parkland. The 'enterance' to Cissna Road was gated, so I continued past it to Fullerton, and used that to cut over to Backlick. I took Backlick up to Old Keene Mill, where I decided to take a detour over to Springfield Mall to swing by the Performance Bicycle shop there to get my rear derailer adjusted - it's been jumping between gears when in the middle 3 or 4 gears. After a brief (15 minute?) stop there, I hit the road again to head home (after another brief stop at CVS for some sunblock).
Of note, this trek was slightly longer than a theoretical route from home to work - by as much as two miles!
Next step: Find a weekend to ride to the office.