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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 08/19/2011

9/11 memorial motorcycle ride ends — for today

[This post will be updated: 4:40 p.m.]

A stream of motorcyclists ended its journey in Arlington after an hours -long memorial ride from the site where United Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11.

The beginning of the procession reached its final destination for today at the Doubletree Hotel in Arlington at 4:19 p.m., according to Virginia State Police, “with no major incidents.

Transportation officials estimated at one point that the procession, including support vehicles, stretched 12 miles.

The ride, sponsored by the nonprofit America’s 911 Foundation, began Friday morning in Shanskville, Pa. Riders visited the crash site of United Flight 93, where 40 passengers and crew died defending the nation from terrorists. Riders plan to honor all of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks by visiting the three sites where they died over the next three days.

The convoy of 1,800 motorcycles stopped for lunch at the Hagerstown Premium Outlets, before beginning the journey to Route 15.

The Fairfax Connector adjusted its service in anticipation of the congestion, and Metro warned that its bus service in Northern Virginia would be affected, especially for riders in Pentagon and Crystal City, and those taking the 5A to and from Dulles airport.

The riders will depart the region on Saturday, bringing additional traffic problems as they make their way from the Pentagon to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and eventually to Interstate 95.

Travelers flying out of Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport Saturday should allow extra time and plan an alternate route, perhaps taking Route 50 from Washington to Interstate 97 North.

The ride will end on Sunday with a procession to the World Trade Center site.

What are your plans for Saturday? Tell us in the comments below.

Links

Motorcyle ride expected to snarl traffic

Fairfax Connector adjusting for memorial ride

Memorial route details

Metro warns of bus delays

Regional weather radar

Dulles access: Detours and closings

By  |  11:25 AM ET, 08/19/2011

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