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Who let the Nut Cases out? Ride report.(28 posts)

Who let the Nut Cases out? Ride report.MB1
Jun 10, 2003 6:53 PM
The weather had been lousy this year. It seems like every weekend has at least one nasty day-rain, wind, rainy wind and more rain. This last weekend we were only able to get in one nice ride (135 fairly dry miles on Sunday). That is not enough for Miss M so we came up with a plan.

A Tuesday century-we would start really early, ride as far as we could before work and get the remainder of the century after work.

Here we are crossing the Potomac with the rising sun reflecting off the buildings in Rosslyn.
A rare sunrise.MB1
Jun 10, 2003 6:56 PM
With all the cloudy and wet mornings there have been very few nice sunrises this year. We got a good one today as we headed south on the Mt. Vernon trail.
Well behaved riders.MB1
Jun 10, 2003 6:58 PM
There are a lot of bicycle commuters in the DC area. It is easy to tell who is an experienced bike commuter; they are safe and warn when passing. Not too many nutcases out in the morning-we will get that in the afternoon when all the shoe clerks come out to play.
Hey, Mark, I went by you all probably moments after you snappedbill
Jun 11, 2003 9:23 AM
this picture. I sort of thought that it was you (just on the other side of the Memorial)! I almost stopped, but then I thought, wait a minute, what about these two riders makes me think that they are who I think they are? Just because I've seen some rear view shots of the mythical, magical Miss M? Well, next time I will trust my instincts and say hey.
You all doing one of your semi-organized no shifting or coasting centuries anytime soon?
Likely October and November.MB1
Jun 11, 2003 4:23 PM
When the weather cools off a bit in mid-October I plan to run the NSA/OCE Fixte Century. I am still not sure if I will use the same course from Nokesville (we are a bit tired of the route although it is fun) or something in Southern Maryland.

Early November we will lead the Georgetown 200K for them that like hills, dirt and miles.
Along the Potomac.MB1
Jun 10, 2003 7:01 PM
The Mt. Vernon trail follows the shoreline of the Potomac River. With the great views of the Monuments in DC and all the action in the river it is hard to imagine that there is a more scenic trail anywhere.

You can see an eight in the river to Miss M's left.
Miss M discovers why Greg Taylor cycle commutes.MB1
Jun 10, 2003 7:06 PM
We took the Mt. Vernon Trail south to Fort Hunt Park before turning around to get to work on time. Gregory Taylor lives around there somewhere-Miss M sees him riding in most mornings. The Mt. Vernon Trail makes a great commute; it is flat fairly straight and no traffic lights.

The adjoining George Washington Parkway is actually more of a parking lot in rush hour. Why would you drive in traffic like that with such a nice trail going to the same places?
Amen to that!Gregory Taylor
Jun 11, 2003 5:42 AM
I feel soooooo lucky to be able to bike commute year 'round on a very beautiful dedicated bike trail. I may complain about roller bladers, joggers, etc., on the trail in the afternoon, but it still is way better than DRIVING to work in typical traffic.

Oh, the GW Parkway backup will be getting worse this summer with the Wilson Bridge construction.
The Memorials.MB1
Jun 10, 2003 7:11 PM
Here we are closing in on the 14th Street Bridge, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. In 15 minutes we will be at work on time.

Miss M works on the Hill and has a shower available. I work a mile from home so I'll go by the house to have a snack and get ready for work.
Putting the hammer down after work.MB1
Jun 10, 2003 7:16 PM
I had about 50 miles in when we met in the afternoon, Miss M had 4 miles less. We rode a couple of laps around Haines Point before heading for 4-Mile Run and the W&OD trail.
MUTs in the afternoon-not the best idea we have ever had.MB1
Jun 10, 2003 7:22 PM
With the good weather (mid 80's and sunny) the trails were packed. 4-Mile Run and the Custis Trail were not too bad, the W&OD Trail was pretty busy but the Capital Crescent Trail was a disaster. There were lots of large groups of riders, roller bladers and runners.

This group going downhill took up both sides of the trail and forced everyone else off the into the mud-really nice.
The Cap. Crescent is a really nice stretch of MUT when it's notdjg
Jun 12, 2003 6:16 AM
crowded, IMO, but it's probably the first trail in the area to get clogged with traffic--at the wrong time it's as much a parking lot as the parkway at rush hour.

Keep the pics coming, btw.
River Road.MB1
Jun 10, 2003 7:27 PM
Miss M still needed 10 miles when we exited the Capital Crescent Trail. We decided to take River Road for a few miles before heading back to the Potomac River and home.

River Road has a nice wide shoulder so even in rush hour traffic it wasn't bad at all.
Why we ride. Reason #3A.MB1
Jun 10, 2003 7:31 PM
About mile 97 Miss M started asking about where we were going to eat dinner. We hadn't eaten Asian for a while. I had Singapore Rice Noodles, Miss M had Won Ton Soup and Salted Spicy Shrimp.

Oh yea, a few brews too.
Why we ride. Reason #3A.aliensporebomb
Jun 10, 2003 7:47 PM
Wow....must be a first. We actually see Miss M's face!

Jun 11, 2003 3:56 AM
What do you do with the bikes when you go eat dinner mid-ride?
Lean them up against a window where we can see them.MB1
Jun 11, 2003 4:32 PM
We like to sit near a door where we can see the bikes. Then we lean the bikes together and use the helmets to lock them up.

We eat in casual places with good food and tip well. Never had a problem (knock on wood).
whoa! Miss M's a looker!JS Haiku Shop
Jun 11, 2003 5:48 AM
can't figure out what she's doing with you, though, mark. must be slumming. :)

nice report. board's been lacking the MB1 factor recently.

Gee, that seems a lot of food for Miss M. :)noveread
Jun 11, 2003 6:27 AM
In every other ride report that includes a follow-up meal I always seem to recall Miss M eating tiny little portions! Good for her for getting a decent sized meal! :)

Thanks for the ride report as always!

Bottom Line.MB1
Jun 10, 2003 7:37 PM
We carefully rode the last mile home (can you get a DUI on a bike?) as the sun was setting. I got 104 miles, Miss M 100 and change.

Not bad for a workday.
re: Who let the Nut Cases out? Ride report.aliensporebomb
Jun 10, 2003 7:49 PM
Great pictures and a cool narrative.
A century on a workday - I'll aspire to that someday!
observation: Miss M spends alot of time in the drops...Frith
Jun 11, 2003 5:23 AM
care to comment? I don't think I could spend that amount of time in the drops then again I don't ride nearly as much as you guys and probably don't have anywhere near the same core strength.
Mostly it is good fit in the Rivendell style.MB1
Jun 11, 2003 4:36 PM
I took a lot of care in setting up her bikes to be sure that she is comfortable in the drops. She likely rides there more than 50% of the time.

Now that I too have a Rivendell frame (the Ramboulet) I find myself riding more and more in the drops although less than Miss M.
Beautiful pics...SJT
Jun 11, 2003 6:02 AM
I've long admired your rides and the stories and pictures that describe them. Your stories inspire me to take longer and longer trips on my bike to explore the area. Thanks.
You are my heros...asphalt assault
Jun 11, 2003 6:06 AM
And I thought I was cool doing 50 Monday and 40 yesterday (both work days). There's no way I could ride before work though because I start at 4am...that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
I tell ya Mark you have a twin out there.............abicirider
Jun 11, 2003 6:10 AM
Just a wild observation but looking at your picture you look exactly I mean exactly like a Mark I knew in Southern CA he was married to a triathlete named Nancy, I meet them in the late 80's while he was working at a triathlon shop in Irvine CA.
Really freaked me out seeing your picture.
Hope you are recovered from your virus 100%
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
re: Who let the Nut Cases out? Ride report.Fez
Jun 11, 2003 9:00 AM
Awesome ride report.

I met Miss M while going thru Hains Point recently. Very nice lady... far from a nut case.

Maybe you could put together a Cyclist's Guide to Dining in the DC/MD/VA area. You could rate the cuisine and how bike-friendly the facilities are.
re: Who let the Nut Cases out? Ride report.zooog
Jun 13, 2003 2:49 AM
Great report. Awesome pics. Keep them coming