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Turned out to be a Memorable day after all. (Ride report).(19 posts)

Turned out to be a Memorable day after all. (Ride report).MB1
May 26, 2003 6:45 PM
I've been sick all month with some sort of viral infection. Really all I had strength to do was work-after work I would come home and sleep. Except for commuting I barely rode at all. I wasn't riding on weekends and Miss M was getting pretty tired of riding alone. Miss M said that the only good thing about it was that the weather was so awful I wasn't missing much.

This Thursday I decided that I had had enough of being sick-it was time to be healthy again. Good choice-a 3 day weekend, "Let's ride."

Saturday it rained so we putzed around town for 40 miles. Sunday morning wasn't much better so I drove up to Gettysburg and rode around the battlefields while Miss M rode to meet me-I got in 50 she got her second century of the weekend.

The rain really came down hard overnight but by 11am Monday the rain was gone. We headed out to Poolesville on very wet roads and for the first time this month we were going to ride together all day.
High water.MB1
May 26, 2003 6:51 PM
We briefly stopped at Edwards Ferry to check out the Potomac River. During the drought last year you could ford the river here. This year it is way up into the dangerous level.
What is this?MB1
May 26, 2003 6:54 PM
As we headed away from the river something strange happened-the sun came out for the first time in days. It didn't last long but it was good to see.
Up, up and away.MB1
May 26, 2003 6:57 PM
Here we are on our way to climb the switchbacks going up Sugarloaf (you can see Sugarloaf on Miss M's left). I love to ride in the hills so even though I hadn't been riding this month we were going to do a lot of climbing today.
The view from the top.MB1
May 26, 2003 7:02 PM
I was feeling a little worked so we stopped at the East lookout (just long enough to get this shot of rural Montgomery County).
Wet Peach Tree Road.MB1
May 26, 2003 7:08 PM
We headed back to Poolesville on Peach Tree Road; the brief moments of sunshine hadn't dried it out much. For the first time today we saw other cyclists-we were the only ones with fenders and the only ones without black streaks front and rear.
Arlington National Cemetery.MB1
May 26, 2003 7:12 PM
Back in the city we headed over to Arlington National Cemetery-a Memorial Day tradition. We locked up the bikes and went for a walk through the oldest area of the cemetery. It is a big place and the lines of headstones and flags seemed to stretch on forever.

Miss M was outraged to find out that the Park Service allowed cars into the place but not bicycles.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial.MB1
May 26, 2003 7:19 PM
After we walked a few miles in the cemetery we hopped back on the bikes, rode across the Memorial Bridge and stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The place was packed.
A nice sunny end to the weekend.MB1
May 26, 2003 7:23 PM
Just as we crossed the Memorial Bridge the sun came out for good. Memorial Day had turned out to be the nicest day we had seen all month. We decided to ride around the National Mall and take advantage of the fine weather.
Fish Fry.MB1
May 26, 2003 7:27 PM
To finish off a great day of riding we stopped at the Washington Harbor for some fresh fried fish. Hmmmm good!

BTW it is supposed to rain for the rest of the week. Hope you had a nice weekend too.
nice report -- 80 miles in the mountains for meDougSloan
May 26, 2003 7:42 PM
Got up to 7600 feet elevation for first time this year, but road to 9300 still snowed in. Funny, in the same day, I rode through snow and 90 degree heat. How many did that?

Doug
Beautiful Picskcd
May 27, 2003 5:46 PM
I left DC area for a month-long vacation in Thailand last week to get away from pollen, rain, etc. It's been sunny, hot, and no allergy problem here all week. No riding though, just running-in-place in my hotel room for 20 minutes per day and lots of walking.
great pix, as usualbianchi boy
May 26, 2003 8:02 PM
I managed to ride 167 miles over the Memorial Day weekend, in between rain showers. Actually, I was caught in a real downpour on Sunday halfway through a 50-mile solo ride. I was gonna wimp out of a metric century today because the forecast was for more rain, but a friend talked me into going and we had great weather. Our local weathermen were totally wrong on their forecasts all weekend long.
Great pix.. love the fenders!hammer_cycle
May 26, 2003 8:11 PM
Nice reportzooog
May 27, 2003 2:41 AM
MTB1..hope your feeling better. Riding can only help.
Nice reportzooog
May 27, 2003 2:42 AM
MB1..hope your feeling better. Riding can only help.
Thanks for the report, and get well!noveread
May 27, 2003 9:40 AM
Was wondering why we hadn't seen much in the way of ride reports from you! Being sick would explain it! Take care!

Noveread
Ride route?bburgbiker
May 27, 2003 5:08 PM
Sounds like you had a great ride. I'll be moving up to the DC area from Blacksburg in a month or so and have been worried that I won't be able to find any good roads to ride with some decent elevation change. Now I know that it won't be like the Blue Ridge or Appalachians but by the looks of your pics it seems that you've found a good rural route. Would it be possible to give me an idea of your route from DC to lessen my anxiety of leaving a great area for riding.
The Blue Ridge is only about 50 miles from town.MB1
May 28, 2003 3:54 AM
The W&OD bike trail starting in town takes you right there. Enough hills around here to keep almost anyone happy. Contact me for some routes when you get to town; franthis@iwon.com

Meanwhile check out this site for a nice list of places to ride near DC bikewashington.org