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What a beautiful morning.(19 posts)

What a beautiful morning.MB1
Aug 21, 2001 5:26 AM
I went by the German embassy and dropped down onto the C&O canal towpath. The air was cool and still, the canal reflected the trees and sky like a mirror, all I heard was the crunch of the towpath under my tires. I crossed the Potomac on the Key Bridge and watched the 8's warming up on the river.

Along the Mount Vernon trail after I passed the Iwo Jima Memorial and Teddy Roosevelt Island and before Arlington Cemetery I had a clear view of the Lincoln and Washington monuments. They were perfectly reflected in the river. There was a single rower cruising along , I think he was taking it easy enjoying the morning too. I crossed back over the river on the 14th street bridge and went by the Jefferson and Franklin Roosevelt Memorials.

I decided to cruise up the mall around the reflecting pond. I had beautiful views of Lincoln, Washington and the Korean War Memorial. Then I turned up towards work and passed by the wall.

There wasn't a soul around. Normally when I go by on my way home I cut right behind the Vietnam Memorial and it is mobbed. This morning when I went by it I just had to stop for a minute and soak it in. I had it all to myself. After all this time it still never fails to move me. About the saddest thing I have ever seen, I think about how good life is and what they lost and I've got all this.

I guess that is what memorials are for. Nice day to ride a bike.
Yep, sniff, sniff, absolutly heaven sent! nmdirtbag
Aug 21, 2001 6:13 AM
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Don't get all mushy on us now.MB1
Aug 21, 2001 6:25 AM
It is an awful nice commute. Sometimes I notice it more, thats all. Just for you I'll visit sweet mother earth this weekend, Miss M wants to anyway.
I can only dream...dirtbag
Aug 21, 2001 8:20 AM
...of commuting to work one day. I live about 30 miles out and there's some nasty neighborhoods in between. I start work at 4 AM anyway so a before-work ride is not an option. I usually do the 5 PM rush hour...NOT...ride in the woods. Enjoy sweet mother earth this weekend, I always do.
Alas, I'm riding afternoons now ...Humma Hah
Aug 21, 2001 6:50 AM
... In prep for our ride, I'm riding mostly around 2 PM, to be sure I'm conditioned to mid-day heat for the big C&O ride.

But I'm looking forward to that early morning start. Cool air will be a nice change.
right on dcpedal riot
Aug 21, 2001 6:51 AM
I commute from crytal city to georgetown, and although its not a workout per se (although i do add mileage from time to time on the fourmile run, wo&d, and custis), its really something to pass by the monuments as they stand silent in the morning. i guess if we had a "grand tour," the race could finish up and down on independence and constitution avenues.
C & O4bykn
Aug 21, 2001 7:00 AM
I rode a portion of the c&o last summer, nice trail. I was visiting my wife's relatives and we rode from Shepardstown to past Harper's Ferry and back. Would be fun to do the whole route once!
What a crappy morning.Rusty McNasty
Aug 21, 2001 7:28 AM
I went down my usual urban cesspool route, swerving around panhandlers and broken glass. Had to jump a curb, because some hotdog vendor was blocking the curb cut. Stopped by the "pretentious yuppy" coffee bar (only thing open) to buy a coffee and a newspaper. The paper wasn't in yet! After drinking most of my java, I was compelled to go back outside, mostly to keep an eye on some dirtbag that had been eyeing my ride. Nearly got ran-over by some helmetless man-child riding his dual-sprung ATB down the sidewalk at full speed. Got back onto my bike, and went the last 3 blocks to my office, when some myopic old bag decided to pass me, then do an unsignalled right. Slammed on my brakes, nearly bit the pavement.
Why do I bother riding to work? I can't remember.
Why commute via bike? Same reason we all do.MB1
Aug 21, 2001 7:31 AM
It is way better than anything else.
at least you got to ride :-) nmDog
Aug 21, 2001 7:58 AM
dirtbag?..DIRTBAG?!!!... I resemble that remark!dirtbag
Aug 21, 2001 8:08 AM
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What city?nova
Aug 21, 2001 8:14 AM
New York? Chicago? LA?
agree (another DC nut)Duane Gran
Aug 21, 2001 9:44 AM
I too commuted this morning in Washington DC, although my commute takes me through Georgetown (which looks weird with relatively empty streets) and past the White House. (pmf - if you are still out there, I hope it is going well)

The weather is great today and I can't wait to get off work to ride home and start my real ride. This is an enchanting place to ride a bike. For those in other parts, if you ever visit DC bring your bike. I'll be happy to give some tips on the best way to see DC on bike.
And a beautiful day...Rich Clark
Aug 21, 2001 12:58 PM
...and I'm off this week, so today I set out on a big ol' loop around and into Philly.

First, north on 252 and up into Ridley Creek State Park. I usually avoid MUPs, but today's a weekday, and it was deserted, so I rode a couple of loops for nostalgia's sake. There's a mile+ climb at 15-20% in there that used to kill me, so I was grinning ear to ear when I hit the top and accelerated away without stopping.

Next back over to 252 and north, through Paoli and up to Valley Forge. Another MUP, narrower and and a bit more populated (tourists, you know). But the last time I was here I loaded the bike in the van and drove. What a difference two years makes. Stopped for lunch atop a hill overlooking an incredible scenic vista, colonial buildings and forests and an immense cloudscaped sky.

I've never ridden the Schuylkill River Trail before, and I was looking forward to it. From Valley Forge, after crossing the river using the fenced-in sidewalk on a highway bridge, this is a really nice route to Center City Philadelphia, about 22 miles. The first half is wide, paved, well-marked and very bike-specific. On one side glimpses of the river through the trees; on the other, industry, apartment buildings, backyards, parks. The path emerges into urban areas from time to time, and then connects to a couple of miles of towpath coming into Manayunk (site of the infamous "Wall" in the US Pro race in June.

After a ride down Main Street you pick up the MUP that parallels Kelly Drive and leads to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, past Boathouse Row. Spent a few minutes watching the many extremely healthy young female runners, skaters, and cyclists who frequent this path, and are its one redeeming quality, while having a snack and avoiding the killer geese.

From there I was practically next door to my office, but I resisted the temptation and took my normal commuting route home.

Perfect day. Great ride. Bike was smiling as much as I was. Sometimes you get a day just for you, and it's the best feeling to know you didn't waste it.

RichC
I played hooky this morning...Greg Taylor
Aug 21, 2001 1:04 PM
...got out the door and headed to work in DC (on the fixed gear). Broke a spoke in Alexandria and used it as an excuse to turn around and call off work for the day. My bike is way smarter than me. Fixed the spoke, and went riding.

There is a Tour of DC coming up September 23 (I think), with a big Bicycling Magazine-sponsored swap meet at the DC Armoury on the 22nd.
Does your boss use a search engine?Humma Hah
Aug 21, 2001 2:22 PM
If you look up "Humma Hah" on the internet, you get about half a dozen references to the author from whom I got the name, and about a thousand to me yacking on cycling forums.

Given a couple of months for the spiders to index this topic, will your boss be able to search for

Greg Taylor DC

and nail you?

For a while, I thought that might be behind Doug Sloan becoming Dog, until he explained it this morning.
Not a problem --Greg Taylor
Aug 22, 2001 5:48 AM
I was a good employee and called in, taking a vacation day. It's slow around here right now, so it wasn't an issue. Now, if I was to use "Family Friendly Sick Leave" (i.e., time off to help care for a family member) in order to help with a "sick" bike, well, that WOULD be wrong...

The embarrassing admissions/busted at work issue is interesting, though. The ones that make me cringe (I'm a lawyer) are the folks that discuss their accidents on the board. Stuff like "Well, I was sorta paying attention before I plowed into the group of toddlers on the bike trail...", if found by an opposing lawyer or insurance company, could really crimp your style. My advice to anyone who has had an accident is to think twice about posting the gory details on the internet. It could come back to haunt you.
I usually ride in the afternoons ...bianchi boy
Aug 21, 2001 2:32 PM
Because I usually take my daughter to school on the way to work. But this week I'm working late every night, so I'm taking the mornings off and riding then. We had the same weather in NC, and it was a beautiful morning for a ride. I rode 30 miles, up from my usual 20-24 on weekday afternoons. The weather was sunny, relatively cool and low humidity for a change. Took back roads around Falls Lake, north of Raleigh, with nice views of the lake and people fishing in several spots. Hardly a cloud in the Carolina blue sky. I felt so good I really pushed it up all the hills and beat my usual weekday pace by about 1 mph. What a nice way to start the day. I'll be doing the same thing on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, this week anyway. Next week, back to the 6 p.m., 95-degree, high humidity rides unless the weather changes.
Was that you?bill
Aug 21, 2001 6:16 PM
I was out on the Mount Vernon trail this a.m., too. I know that great spot just south of Roosevelt Island, where you can see the Lincoln, the Washington, and the Capital all sort of lined up, with sometimes a blue heron in the foreground and some scullers. Very beautiful. Especially with the sun rising.
Some time ago, I was asking a guy at the old Bike Exchange shop about some nice places to ride. You know, with good scenery. He sort of sneered and said he goes too fast to worry about scenery. I asked him how fast was that? He said, about 19 mph, which, at that time, seemed awfully fast to me, but I still thought he was a jerk. Now that I cruise at speeds he said were too fast to enjoy, I am fully assured that he was a jerk.