|Kudos to Mr/Mrs MB1..........||Len J|
Jun 17, 2002 5:58 AM
|for an incredible weekend guided tour of the Washington, DC area.
I had the incredible pleasure of meeting MB1 & his wife Miss M for 2 days of amazing riding on Saturday & Sunday.
We started on Saturday with a "Leisurely" (Their words not mine ;-)) 125 miles on Saturday through some of the most beautiful, diverse, seemingly carless, coutryside. I was amazed that such a short distance from DC could be so rural. We rode for hours on beautiful roads with very sparse traffic. We also did a fair amount of climbing (for a flatlander) and were rewarded with some breathtaking views & great descents. I have no clue where we rode (I'm sure MB1 will fill in the blanks), however, I think we were on just about every road surface possible (with the exception of ice), including a short section of downhill singletrack that I think MB1 threw in just to see me squirm.
Sunday was the scheduled RBR Washington tour that was so enthusiastically supported on this board. However, I was the only one, besides MB1 & Miss M, to show up. Too bad for the rest of you, great for me. I ended up with a personalized 50 mile tour of the DC landmarks that was awesome. My guides showed up on their singlespeeds, so I decided to pick a gear & try to stay in it. Turned out to be a good workout, (especially when climbing the hills in the national Arboretium) on a beautiful day, with great company.
-I was amazed at the accessibility of DC by bike. It seems like you can get almost anywhere easier by bike than car.
-I didn't expect such great, bike friendly places to ride, so close to the city.
-MB1 & Miss M are great people to ride with. Friendly, funny, safe, knowledgable, unassuming, comfortable in their own skin, and went out of their way to make me feel relaxed. I can't imagine a better twosome to ride with.
-MB1 should be a tour guide in DC. I learned more on Sunday than from any guided tour I've taken of the area.
MB1 was snapping pictures, which I'm sure will show up at some point) which will give you some idea of the ride.
Thanks Mr/Mrs MB1 for a great weekend.
|(green with envy)------------------>||JS Haiku Shop|
Jun 17, 2002 6:08 AM
|d'oh! it's too bad the turnout wasn't better. i have relatives in VA, and would love to do that or a similar ride some time next year. sounds like a good time! mark, len--keep me in the know if you're planning an '03 ride...|
|(green with envy)------------------>||netso|
Jun 17, 2002 6:27 AM
|I wish I could have gone too! If one is planned for next year I will try to be there. My youngest son lives in Williamsburg.|
|Sounds like a great time!||Spinchick|
Jun 17, 2002 6:43 AM
|I really wanted to join you all, but..well, you know... Next time!
Can't wait to see the pics.
|Very cool. Glad you had a good time. I did the||bill|
Jun 17, 2002 7:36 AM
|DC AIDSRide last weekend, which was it's own experience. |
Next time, I'll be there.
Of course, MB1 and his bride do something like this practically every weekend. Life is what you make it.
Jun 17, 2002 7:44 AM
|We saw the riders finishing, in fact, some of the people were cheering us thinking we were in the ride.
You guys had a pretty wild mix of wheather.
|Weather was mixed to say the least. But it was a very cool||bill|
Jun 17, 2002 8:26 AM
|thing to have done.|
|What was it like riding on the Whitehurst Freeway?||MB1|
Jun 17, 2002 10:43 AM
|We nearly made the turn to get on it but since we weren't part of the ride we didn't. Should have though, how often do you get a chance to do something like that?|
|We pretty much flew from Fairfax City all the way into town. The||bill|
Jun 17, 2002 11:58 AM
|closer we got, the better I knew the roads, and we just kept getting faster. We screamed through Arlington, with my shouting out known hazards but paying attention to little else. We actually were fairly far down the Whitehurst, which is short anyway, staying to the right with me screaming at everyone to watch the grates (I ride the Whitehurst on many a Sunday a.m. ride), before I realized that it was closed. Our little group then spread out all over the road and started sprinting just from the sheer joy of it. It was cool.|
|looking forward to the pics||gregg|
Jun 17, 2002 8:13 AM
|Thanks Len J for the write-up. Too bad about the turn-out. That's always the thing. Happens even on MTBR, the "expected" number is always larger than the actual. Next time, I will try to push harder for swag, that is usually good incentive for people to get their butts to the ride!
Thanks Mr. and Mrs. MB1 for taking the reins on this one. The first of it's kind, but hopefully not the last. I think the first MTBR Gathering had about 10 or 12 people from a site that gets a lot more traffic than us here.