Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Goal for May - Prep Day

Here it is, stated out loud and in public.

I'm going to try to ride EVERY DAY in May.  Oh, that's a good slogan -- EVERY DAY IN MAY. Today I'm preparing by restocking all my "must haves" like bandaids, sun screen, bike tires, CO2 cartridge, etc.

I'll start with tomorrow riding with some of the Babes down at Pohick Park. I can't wait -- I've never ridden down there before.  I'll be sure to take photos.  It's a particularly pretty part of the Potomac River approach to Washington.

You can see it on the map this links to.  It's south of Mount Vernon (GW's home) and south of Alexandria. You can see Mason Neck State Park near it -- that's where George Mason made his home, Gunston Hall. In the top of the photo you can see where 495 crosses from VA into MD at Alexandria.  That's the beautifully renovated Woodrow Wilson (another Virginian) bridge on which Bald Eagles regularly nest.  In fact, they had to work around a nesting pair while they were renovating. North of that gets you into the DC shoreline vista that you're all used to seeing.

You can see two places, Fort Hunt and Fort Washington on either side of the Potomac.  They were part of the ring of forts that protected Washington from the rebels. When you see the entire ring, you realize how vulnerable Washington DC and the government was during the conflict. Virginia was in rebellion and Maryland was a slave state, especially in the area shown here.  Lots of great history lessons and LOTS of great bike rides to see them!

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