93 miles, 4500 feet of climbing
Many of us did not make it to the National Mall yesterday. Today staff and an ABB alumni with local knowledge led us out for the first 15 miles or so. We rode right in front of the Lincoln Memorial steps. Turn 180 degrees and you see:
From the other side:
We were mostly on bike paths until Arlington, passing by the fence line of Washington National airport. We later learned that we passed within blocks of the Courthouse where Paul Manafort was convicted and even closer to the Condo he bought with 2 million of his haul.
We spent much of the day on US Bike Path 1. Many of the roads chosen for the path didn’t seem particularly suited for cyclists, however.
For about an hour in the middle of the day, we were riding in the rain again. Most just rode on without adding jackets. Not me. My Eddie Bauer rain jacket does a good job of protecting my torso and I get some ventilation from its [arm]pit zippers. Its hood fits nicely under my helmet. Bike and chain cleaned once more.
On Eskimo Hill, near Fredericksburg: