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A Perfect (all day) Ride on a Perfect Day.(40 posts)

A Perfect (all day) Ride on a Perfect Day.MB1
Oct 20, 2003 6:11 AM
There is nothing we like more than riding all day. Since late July when I got hit by a car we haven't done any really long rides together. Once it became clear that no one else from RBR was likely to do the Savage Century it was time for a change of plans. Instead of sitting in a car driving 3 hours to and from a ride we decided to spend the time on our bikes.

Saturday we got up about 5am and turned on the weather station. The forecast called for light winds, clouds in the morning, sun in the afternoon and cool temps all day. Perfect riding conditions.

We left the house before sunrise and crossed over the Potomac River on the Key Bridge just at the crack of dawn.
City sidewalks.MB1
Oct 20, 2003 6:14 AM
The DC area has a great network of MUTs (Multi-Use Trails) that are usually pretty busy. During the week there are all the commuters and on weekends there are every sort of user imaginable on the trails.

We started early enough that we were able to get 10 miles in on normally busy trails before anyone else was up and about.
I knew one day they'd relegate us to cages! ;-) nmDougSloan
Oct 20, 2003 6:27 AM
The cages are for other animals ...Humma Hah
Oct 20, 2003 9:02 AM
Certain other MUT-users can be a problem, 1.e. about one pedestrian in 100,000 who has a screw loose and likes to drop things on cars passing below. Last year, about 70 miles south of here on I-95, some idiot dropped a 70-pound rock thru the windshield of a car, crippling a woman on the way home from her honeymoon.
The W&OD Trail in the city.MB1
Oct 20, 2003 6:17 AM
The W&OD Trail has to be one of the best MUTs anywhere. It takes you from the city 46 miles out into the Virginia countryside. It cuts through a lot of busy towns and ‘burbs.

After a bit of looping around in the city we hit the W&OD just as the sun was starting to break through the clouds.
Country W&OD.MB1
Oct 20, 2003 6:21 AM
Out past Leesburg the W&OD really has a country feeling. Actually all the trail does is follow the bed of an old commuter railroad so you are always pretty near a town and services.

We started early enough and it was cool enough that we pretty much had the trail to ourselves.
Seems steep for a RR? Even a commuter RR... nmAsiago
Oct 20, 2003 7:32 AM
It's not all the original grade ...Humma Hah
Oct 20, 2003 8:17 AM
... before it became a MUT, a few small sections were apparently lost to development or otherwise had to be detoured slightly from the original grade. Most of the grade from Falls Church to Alexandria has been lost, and that's where the most hills are.

The original grades are all pretty mild ... so much so that the occasional short stretch of climbing is something you look forward to.
Yeah, and it's not that steep, either. (nm)djg
Oct 20, 2003 10:41 AM
That picture is deceivingpmf1
Oct 20, 2003 9:50 AM
Its not that steep on that section. It is a long up hill section (about 3 miles), but I'd say the grade is no more than 3%.

Going back down is the funnest part of that whole trail.
The harvest is in.MB1
Oct 20, 2003 6:24 AM
At the end of the W&OD in Purceville we headed off into Virginia horse country. The sky was clear and we had just the least bit of headwind.

Miss M was starting to make me hurt on the rolling climbs.
That is one heckuva king size fannypack...rwbadley
Oct 20, 2003 7:10 AM
Does Miss M carry your stuff too? What a great (almost) equalizer that would be...'here honey, we'll need these' (shovels a couple bricks into the pack);-)
We pretty much split the load.MB1
Oct 20, 2003 7:17 AM
Although for our trip up the Cal coast I plan to have her haul our BOB trailer up every hill-I bring it downhill.
I should have read your post first ...Humma Hah
Oct 20, 2003 8:56 AM
.... great minds think alike.
To equalize things would take a Burley ...Humma Hah
Oct 20, 2003 8:55 AM
... trailer hung on Miss M's bike, loaded down with camping gear.
What a nice day it turned out to be.MB1
Oct 20, 2003 6:28 AM
We re-crossed the Potomac in Brunswick, MD and after a quick snack headed home with a really nice tailwind. I was starting to feel really good about the ride-food and a tailwind does that sometimes.

The Maryland side of the river is a little bit hillier and the farms are more varied than in Virginia-just as pretty though.
At last some fall colors.MB1
Oct 20, 2003 6:32 AM
The weatherman had mentioned that the fall colors were supposed to peak this weekend. We saw very few trees that had turned until we were pretty close to DC.

I wonder if the forecasters ever actually go outside.
Don't Weathermen live underground?-nmms
Oct 20, 2003 6:44 AM
The C&O Canal Towpath.MB1
Oct 20, 2003 6:40 AM
The C&O Towpath is a nice way to avoid some afternoon traffic coming back into the city. It was getting to be that time of evening when visibility is getting to be kind of crummy and folks are heading out to dinner so we opted for the towpath.

Normally Miss M doesn't like riding on the towpath all that much, it is a bit rough for a road bike and often crowded. Saturday it was like a little bit of heaven brought to earth. We had the Potomac River on our right reflecting the late afternoon sun and the canal was a beautiful mirror reflecting the trees and sky.

Even Miss M was astounded by how beautiful the riding was on the towpath.
Memories...Lon Norder
Oct 20, 2003 1:41 PM
I rode that section all the time after work when I lived and worked in Gaithersburb, MD. Thanks for the pic.
MB1 at Great Falls Tavern.MB1
Oct 20, 2003 6:44 AM
We climbed out of the canal at Great Falls just as the sun was starting to set. You may notice that I was riding my ATB. I had shipped our bikes to California during the week and was riding this weekend on my Zaskar with road tires. Miss M was riding her Merlin with her best wheels and tires.

I had never ridden much more than 100 miles at a time on the Zaskar, much to our amazement I was doing fine. Maybe road bikes are overrated after all.
Are you going to do some riding out west? nmrwbadley
Oct 20, 2003 6:45 AM
Starting Saturday 10 days on the SoCal coast. nmMB1
Oct 20, 2003 6:57 AM
Lucky, sounds like fun. nmrwbadley
Oct 20, 2003 7:01 AM
Rice rice baby!MB1
Oct 20, 2003 6:47 AM
A couple of miles from home we stopped for dinner. Miss M was starving so we had a bit of an appetizer first.
Yum! Where was dinner?Fez
Oct 20, 2003 6:59 AM
Always looking for new places to get sushi. What restaurant is this?
Banu on Macarthur directly across from Listrani's. nmMB1
Oct 20, 2003 7:11 AM
A Perfectly Gross ride.MB1
Oct 20, 2003 6:54 AM
As we left dinner and headed for home my computer registered exactly 144 miles.

When I was out with my broken kneecap I wondered if I would still enjoy riding all day when I got better and if I would heal well enough to be able to do it again.

Saturdays ride wasn't any kind of ride or route that was new to us, we have ridden all over these roads before and will again. Still it was nice to be out and some rides and some days remind just you of how much and why you love to ride.

p.s. Looking back over these pictures I noticed that as the shadows change in each shot they pretty much tell the story of the ride.
Miss M get her K's?KG 361
Oct 20, 2003 8:25 AM
Looks like Ksyriums in the last shot. I know you were talking about getting them. Does she like them? I LOVE mine. BTWgreat report. Glad you're racking up the mega-miles again!
Yes indeed. She loves them with Vittoria open tubulars. nmMB1
Oct 20, 2003 4:14 PM
Ahhhh...The Monday morning ride report from MB1...biknben
Oct 20, 2003 7:59 AM
All is well with the world once again. Equilibrium has been restored.

Great to see you racking up the miles again. My butt hurts just
i thinking
about a dawn to dusk ride. I prefer to read about them. :-)
Welcome Back!!!velocity
Oct 20, 2003 8:04 AM
You guys and your ride reports were sorely missed.
man, you give the best wallpaper.rufus
Oct 20, 2003 8:31 AM
this shot is almost as nice as your shot of the jefferson memorial from last year.
What does Miss M carry in the waist pack ?PeterRider
Oct 20, 2003 10:47 AM
Is it mostly water, or clothes/tools/food ? If it's all kind of stuff, why not use either a large seat pack like the big Jandd or a Carradice ? Not enough clearance ? or she doesn't like it ?

Also: what tools do you take along on your daily rides ?

Not asking this to give any good/bad advice, just curious.

Also, the "saturday 10 days SoCal" - is this true ?PeterRider
Oct 20, 2003 10:51 AM
if yes, I would be of course interested in going for a ride with you :-)

Sat LAX to SantaBarbara, Sun Pismo Beach, Mon Big Sur.MB1
Oct 20, 2003 12:22 PM
Likely get back to LA the following Saturday, Sunday ride up to Glendora Ridge and Mt Baldy and fly out that evening.
Would you ask a woman what she has in her purse???MB1
Oct 20, 2003 4:10 PM
Miss M carries a small plastic bag of undefined small stuff-but whenever we need something odd she has it. In addition she carries most of our food and has room to stuff some clothes as the day warms up.

I use a similar waist pack with food, gatorade and clothes in it. I carry the cell phone. Somewhere on me or my bike I carry a camera, frame mount pump, chainbreaker, spoke wrench and patch kit.

For tools we each have a small seat bag on all of our bikes with 2 spare tubes, tire levers (for Miss M, I don't use them) a CO2 inflator with 2 cartridges and a multi tool in all my bikes. On the tandem I also pack a spare tire, a bit of chain and a gear cable. On the fixtes we bring old style Park peanut butter wrenches.

We have never had a problem that we couldn't take care of with the tools and parts we carry.

We have never used (or tried) a big seat bag. Miss M mostly because there is little room on her small frames for one. Also since we both ride 4 different bikes plus the tandem it seems simpler to always have the waist pack ready to go no matter which bike we are on.
MB1, I really enjoy your reports and pics. -nmcydswipe
Oct 20, 2003 11:41 AM
Thanks, it is my pleasure. nmMB1
Oct 20, 2003 4:12 PM
You two amaze me. Great report and pics!aliensporebomb
Oct 23, 2003 2:40 PM
I like it towards the end of the reports since you usually have a pic
of the place you stop and eat at with pics of the food. It's like a
local newspapers food report but much better!