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In the land of Team Lard Butt. A cold ride report.(25 posts)

In the land of Team Lard Butt. A cold ride report.MB1
Jan 11, 2004 7:03 PM
Saturday was a little too cold and windy to ride a full century (we did get in a metric century without too many problems). We started riding when it was around 5 degrees and it didn't get above 15 all day.

Sunday was looking better. We thought we would ride down south to the land of the Lard Butt (DC, Cycling News and RBR legends in their own minds).

We left the house a little later than usual to let things warm up a bit. It was a good 12 degrees with only a mild headwind as we headed southward along the frozen Potomac. We had hopes it might even warm up to freezing.

Miss M all bundled up and about to pass under the Memorial Bridge.
All shook up.MB1
Jan 11, 2004 7:06 PM
After we crossed into Virginia and the Mount Vernon Trail it was much easier to see the ice on the Potomac (and lots and lots of birds chilling on the ice). The only other rider was fixed-for-life heading into work. He was bundled up just about as much as we were-the only way I recognized him was from his anodized rims (who says cyclists aren't weird?).

The wind was pushing the ice against the shore and it sounded like giant martini being shaken-not stirred.
Mason Neck-Lard Butt Country.MB1
Jan 11, 2004 7:09 PM
We were riding against a headwind all the way down to Mason Neck. Once we left the Mount Vernon Trail we were riding in open country but at least there was very little traffic. We were now in the natural range of the elusive Team Lard Butt-and sure enough we didn't see a Lard Butt all day.
Pohick.MB1
Jan 11, 2004 7:13 PM
Actually this is Pohick Bay off the Potomac River. We rode down to check the area out. The bay seemed to be a solid sheet of ice all the way across. It was deserted. Gee, I wonder why?
Highway 1.MB1
Jan 11, 2004 7:18 PM
After a day of exploring the back roads of Mason Neck we had to ride on Highway 1 for a couple of miles on our way back to DC. It was about the only time all day we had any traffic. There was just enough shoulder for us to feel fairly safe-too bad about the ice.
Mount Vernon Trail.MB1
Jan 11, 2004 7:21 PM
The first couple of miles on the southern end of the Mount Vernon Trail are twisty and a bit hilly. We rarely ride on it but as it was getting late in the day we decided to get off the highway and ride the trail.

Oops.
Mount Vernon Trail too.MB1
Jan 11, 2004 7:25 PM
The trail was so pretty today that I just had to post another picture of it as it runs north along the Potomac.
A wild and crazy (old) guy.MB1
Jan 11, 2004 7:29 PM
Just as we passed under the Wilson Bridge the sun broke though the clouds and lit up the Maryland shore across the Potomac. We were in for a real visual treat for the rest of the ride.
Miss M Eats!MB1
Jan 11, 2004 7:36 PM
Normally we don't eat much while riding but after a day of fighting headwinds and really cold weather Miss M decided she needed to stop and eat something. We pulled over at Tide Lock Part and I gave her my last Gu.

Tide Lock Park was the final southern end of the C&O Canal network and about the southernmost point where you can see the Washington Monument and the Capital Dome. Look closely at the skyline in the distance and there they are.
National Airport at sunset.MB1
Jan 11, 2004 7:39 PM
The sky was just gorgeous as we closed in on DC.
Washington Monument.MB1
Jan 11, 2004 7:43 PM
The Washington Monument is my favorite DC monument. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the only thing in town that rates above it for me.

Miss M passing my bike as the last rays of the setting sun light up the Monument with a beautiful rose hue.
What’s keeping you?MB1
Jan 11, 2004 7:48 PM
I kept stopping to watch one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. Miss M finally noticed that I was no longer with her. She turned around to see what was up.

She was getting cold so was I but boy it was pretty.
This was keeping me.MB1
Jan 11, 2004 7:52 PM
Sometimes everything just works out. Good thing I brought the camera.

Now all that remains to do is apologize to the Lard Butters and beg forgiveness for using their names in vain.

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa.
Thanks MB1 !! nmthisendup
Jan 11, 2004 9:12 PM
As always awesome pictures ,thank you for sharing them -nm-tmotz
Jan 11, 2004 9:13 PM
Do me a favorCritLover
Jan 11, 2004 11:20 PM
Tell Miss M she's a bigger woman than I am. Hands down. I'm glad she's not my riding partner, I'd probably run out of excuses in a week's time! (not to mention the hurtin' she'd put on me when I did get out!)

No, seriously, riding this weekend was only for the true gladiators, you two are amazing. And stopping to eat no less! Wow, that's tough. It was a bit colder up here in NYC, but even at DC temps, I'm riding the trainer. I wish my poor toes and fingers could handle it... poor genetics I guess. The sunset must've made it all worthwhile, it was awesome.

Great report!
That sunset's gotta compensate (a bit) for the cold temps...The Walrus
Jan 11, 2004 11:50 PM
...I have to say I'm a bit surprised you two didn't have a go at riding across that ice at Pohick ;-)

I can just imagine the chaos that would erupt if we had weather anything like that out here...
Another Great Reportmorkm
Jan 12, 2004 1:55 AM
Mount Vernon Trail too...
That park in that photo is less than 2 miles from where I grew up.

Thanks for another great ride report, MB1....each of your reports takes me back to when I was growing up in NOVA and makes me remember how much I miss it...and how much I don't miss the COLD!

Thanks.
This was keeping me.aliensporebomb
Jan 12, 2004 3:46 AM
Thanks for the cool pictures (again!). Miss M again proves to be a role model that would be hard to live up to.
Yes, All Is Forgiven....Gregory Taylor
Jan 12, 2004 6:57 AM
Dang, if we knew that you were in our neck of the woods, the Lardbutts would have rolled out the red carpet! We didn't get out Saturday, but there were a few 'Butts braving the elements on Sunday.

Did you get down to Mason Neck Park? It's down past Pohick Bay Regional Park and Gunston Hall. Just beautiful. Gunston Road goes all the way down to the Potomac River, and there is another little neighborhood park that has a million dollar view of the River. I can also show you a route or two that lets you avoid Route 1 altogether.

Oh, and I can show you that little pastry shop where they have a bottomless cup o' joe and world-class sweets...

Actually, that invite is open to any RBR'er out there who is looking for a good, small, social group to ride with. We usual get 5 - 8 riders out on Sunday. New people don't get dropped, we go fast enough to make it interesting, and we almost always wind up doing something fun.
We looked all over for that sign, where is it?MB1
Jan 12, 2004 7:07 AM
Yes, we would like to know how to avoid route 1. Tell all....

We would also like to meet you folks some Sunday but it takes us a bit over an hour to ride to Fort Hunt so it would be hard for us to meet you at any resonable hour.
It's on Gunston Road....Gregory Taylor
Jan 12, 2004 7:44 AM
...past Pohick Park, almost to the Fire Station, facing the westbound lane. It's across from the horse farm. (The eastbound sign is down due to construction-- it's supposed to be at the interstection of Rt. 1 and Gunston).

There are a couple of ways to do it, but the best way to avoid Route 1 is to get to Gunston via Telegraph and Old Colechester Roads. Getting there is slightly involved, but highly entertaining. I'll pull out the map and put together a cue sheet for you.

Some of the gang has shown an interest in riding on Saturdays, at a later time. Maybe we could hook up then?
Gollee. I saw the same sunset, but it was when I was crossingbill
Jan 12, 2004 7:03 AM
Clarendon Blvd to go the grocery store. Glad to see that someone was out really sucking it in.
Pretty stuff, Mark. Good job.
I was driving home from work, so I win. Or maybe lose.djg
Jan 12, 2004 7:45 AM
It was really pretty amazing.
beauty pix again!..now which one to use as my wallpaper nm4bykn
Jan 12, 2004 3:54 AM