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Veterans Day Weekend in DC.(25 posts)

Veterans Day Weekend in DC.MB1
Nov 12, 2002 10:26 AM
Well there have been a bunch of really nice weekend ride reports, this is what we did.

The weekend of Veterans Day in DC is usually pretty impressive. The trees have all turned, it is the time of year when the weather is very unpredictable and there are lots of Veterans related activities.

Saturday we got a really early start. We were heading out through Virginia to Brunswick Maryland and back. Hoping to get in 130 miles or so.
Dawn from the Key Bridge.MB1
Nov 12, 2002 10:28 AM
We crossed the Potomac into Virginia as the sky was starting to lighten (that is the Washington Monument in the middle). We continued to use our lights for another few miles.
Nice shot - postcard material! (nm)jtferraro
Nov 12, 2002 12:23 PM
Fair weather companions.MB1
Nov 12, 2002 10:30 AM
These guys only show up when the sun is shining.
Washington and Old Dominion Rail-Trail.MB1
Nov 12, 2002 10:32 AM
Sometimes it seems like you are riding in a canyon of color.
Horse Country dirt roads.MB1
Nov 12, 2002 10:36 AM
We took the W&OD all the way to the western end in horse country where the Virginia Piedmont butts up against the Blue Ridge. We couldn't resist riding on some of the very scenic winding dirt roads.
Across the mighty Potomac.MB1
Nov 12, 2002 10:39 AM
It was nice to see how the recent rains had filled the river was after a long dry summer.
Maryland Farm Country.MB1
Nov 12, 2002 10:42 AM
It is hard to show how nice the riding is in Central Maryland. There are long North-South valleys separated by steep ridges. The riding is wonderful and Saturday was a nearly perfect fall day.

It had warmed up nicely after a few weeks of below normal temps we were enjoying an Indian Summer.
Fall Color.MB1
Nov 12, 2002 10:45 AM
One of our favorite dirt roads climbs the west side of Sugarloaf Mountain. Miss M doing her best to hurt me..
The “F” word!MB1
Nov 12, 2002 10:48 AM
Everyone else posting seemed to get a flat this weekend. Why should we be any different? Mine happened as it was clouding up just 100 miles into the ride.

My third one this year.
12 Hours on the road.MB1
Nov 12, 2002 10:51 AM
We got home just as the sun was setting. A nice full Saturday fairly typical of our winter and fall rides.

My faithful steed getting a well deserved rest.....
Casual Sunday.MB1
Nov 12, 2002 10:54 AM
We like to take it easy on Sundays after a long Saturday, Miss M likes to just ride enough to get in 200 miles for the weekend.

We met some friends that we hadn't seen for a while to do a fairly easy 50 miler. Of course they were using gears and we were on our Single Speeds. It was fun to ride along cruising and chatting as the miles seemed to fly by.
More fall colors.MB1
Nov 12, 2002 10:57 AM
Sunday was fairly windy and we started out on the flat, tailwind section. Of course that meant we were going to be riding in the foothills into the wind (how come a headwind is always so much stronger than the same tailwind?).

It is amazing how easy it is to ride SS's along with geared riders. We had to wait for them at the top of every hill. Sure was a pretty fall day..
Surely it's not due more to....No_sprint
Nov 12, 2002 1:09 PM
For every 20 miles an *average* rider does, you do 200? LOL

Nice stuff.
Fairly common for SS'ers.MB1
Nov 12, 2002 2:46 PM
As long as you keep your cadence up a Single Speed is going to climb faster than a geared bike with a rider downshifting for the hills. Unlike a fixte a SS can pretty much keep up on the downhills.

On Sunday Miss M was complaining about how hard we had to work on the downhills what with the headwind and all.
Nov 12, 2002 4:07 PM
You wrote:

"Unlike a fixte a SS can pretty much keep up on the downhills."

Excuse my ignorance, but what is the difference between a fixte and a SS? I thought they were the same thing.
Nov 12, 2002 4:20 PM
Fixte = Fixed Gear, every rotation of the pedals equals one rotation of the wheel (and vice-versa); no coasting.
Single Speed = A freewheel hub, like having a geared bike with only one gear (hence the name). Coasting allowed.
Well mostly.MB1
Nov 12, 2002 4:52 PM
Except for some very odd acrobatic bikes-fixtes use a mid range gear that is not 1 to 1. I run a 42x16 fixed, so for one rotation of the crank my rear wheel turns 2.625 times.

Otherwise Brooks is correct and it is very difficult to go even 30mph fixed with the gearing I use. Sunday I hit 34.5 mph downhill with my 42x17 Single Speed setup. No problem keeping up with the geared bikes.
Veterans Day at the Wall.MB1
Nov 12, 2002 10:59 AM
It rained all day Monday so we decided to stay in town. The weather didn't keep the crowds away from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It was a nice friendly group of people (mostly our age) in town to pay their respects.

President Bush is down there at the apex of the walls laying a wreath.
Names on the Wall.MB1
Nov 13, 2002 9:52 AM
I can't quite put my feelings about this place into words. It sure is a powerful place.
Names on the Wall.NJRoad
Nov 13, 2002 10:34 AM
I was thinking this morning, as I followed someone with a bumper sticker of the Vietnam service's a really nice looking service ribbon and it's hard to believe it represents something so ugly.
The day after.MB1
Nov 13, 2002 9:59 AM
This morning all of the mementos left against the Wall had been picked up and the crowds were much smaller. There were still lots of floral aggangements.
Vietnam Women’s Memorial.MB1
Nov 12, 2002 11:01 AM
Normally this a very quiet memorial tucked away in some trees behind the wall. Not Monday.
Nov 12, 2002 11:04 AM
Veterans Day is set aside to remember those who served our country (Memorial Day is to remember those who died in their countries service).

After a nice day in town cruising around and visiting with some of the vets we rode home into the sunset. A weekend to remember for sure....
Excellent photos, ride, and story... as usual. Thanks! -nmTig
Nov 12, 2002 1:49 PM