What an honor to live in the land of the free and the brave. The much anticipated day had arrived, and we certainly had to be brave to ride through Washington D.C. on our bicycles. Thankfully, our timing was good. We decided to travel on Sunday, expecting “less traffic.” Our capital, we would have to admit, is bicycle-friendly. There are many trails all around and through that city, making for more enjoyable urban travel. Actually, the Virginia portion of the bike path along the Potomac River was so secluded I didn’t even see Mt. Vernon! After biking through Fort Belvoir Army Base, we headed toward Mt. Vernon bike trail. It was very wooded, hilly, and especially windy! Despite the warm temperatures, fall was in the air. The Potomac River is extremely wide and was full of ships, sailboats and even some kayakers.
An acquaintance who we met in Richmond had warned us about the D.C. bike path near the airport, and mentioned how some people on the path don’t always pay attention. She said she was hit on her bike around the airport. We don’t remember if a car or another cyclist hit her, but we did heed her advice—although it may not seem that way in the video Tim shot of me on the trail.
Although we thoroughly enjoyed riding on the bike paths of Washington, D.C., we got lost or confused on several occasions and needed guidance from fellow cyclists or walkers on the trail. The many paths were not marked well, and twice we asked for help from a bicyclist who “just happened” to be going the same direction. Ominous skies once again appeared in the afternoon. We were in the vicinity of Georgetown, and looked north where dark clouds loomed. Of course, we had nowhere else to go, so we continued on the trail. Suddenly, a downpour erupted. Dense foliage on the bike path provided some protection as we hunted for our rain gear.
Arriving at our hotel room after 7:30 p.m., we pulled in alongside Tim’s brother, Steve who saw us wet and weary. It was comforting to see a kind and familiar face and be treated to a delicious seafood dinner—a wonderful ending to a multi-faceted day!