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24th March, 2013. 8:20 pm. First of the year.

Saturday March 23, 2013
2:00 to 4:30 pm
Start: Rosslyn
Route: Fairfax, Iwo Jima, Memorial Bridge, Potomac Park, Independence, 7th, Gallery Place, 8th, 7th, Mass Ave, 12th, Logan Circle, 14th, U, Florida, R, 23rd, Q, 34th, Key Bridge, Ft Meyer, Fairfax
Map: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5862258
Weather: 50, partly sunny, light breeze
Distance: 11.5 miles
YTD: 11.5 miles

Gallery hoppingCollapse )

Sum up: Good to be rolling again.

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12th March, 2013. 1:13 pm. First (ride) of the year.

First ride post for 2013, except no ride.

Beautiful weekend. Sunny, light breeze, temperature in the 60's. Great biking weather, but without me. Reasons/excuses -
-Still recovering from the emergency root canal I had this week.
-Bike still in dry-dock, waiting for the chain cleaning. Tires fixed and holding air fine.
-Saturday was Clay Day, and I had to stop at the office first.
-Sunday was scheduled for meetings a couple of weeks ago, when the storm-of-the-decade-that-wasn’t was threatening. Never know ahead of time what the weather will be.

I got a nice walk in while waiting for my 2:00 meeting. Observatory Circle to Wisconsin Ave and around the neighborhood. With a little more time I might have walked up to the Cathedral.

So here’s my walk report.

Start: Observatory Circle
Route: Davis, Wisconsin, Garfield, Massachusetts.
Weather: upper 60's, sunny
Distance: 1 mile
Stops: several for photos
Flora and fauna: Lots of crocuses and violets. A yellow flower cluster I don’t recognize. Lost of buds. Many birds - sparrows, robins, black birds, crows. Black squirrels active.
Road kills spotted: none
Incidents and accidents: none
Health: Mostly recovered from the root canal. Antibiotics for another week, but I’m off the pain killers. Still a twinge in the left knee when going down stairs, but fine when walking flat.
Mechanical: Had to retie laces. Will need new walking shoes sometime this year.
First time this season: All but Davis
First time ever: Davis
Best of: Weather
Worst of: Having to walk instead of ride.
Observations: Nice neighborhood north of the circle. I’d only been on the main roads around it.
One of the Cathedral’s towers is covered with scaffolding. Repairing earthquake damage.
Might stop at St Sophia’s for the Greek festival again this year.
Something happening at St Nicholas. Suits and dresses, flowers, limos, valet parking. Probably a wedding.
The site I’m working with is a brick cottage. Next to it is a part Tudor, part Prairie Style. Next to that is a small, mid-century modern box. Luckily it’s mostly hidden by the shrubs.

Sum up: Nice walk but I miss my wheels.

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13th January, 2013. 7:01 pm. The year that was.

Ride summary for 2012

814 miles.
Lowest yearly total since 2003
Too many weekends with schedule conflicts or bad weather.
Sculpting took up a fair amount of time.
Also some changes to my riding pattern. Did more destination rides where I only rode a bit and spent most of my time at some event: museum, festival, art show, etc.
Most riding was close to home, a lot of it in DC.
Did no club rides in 2012.
My only tour ride was “Tour dem Parks” in Baltimore. Did a modified long route.
Missed the Tour de Chesapeake, NY Century and Tour du Port due to schedule conflicts.
Had signed up to marshal Bike DC, but was sick that day.
Did do two solo rides around NYC on Labor Day weekend, but these were mostly for gallery hopping. On the second ride I spent a couple of hours on Governor’s Island.
Rode both Passport DC events: World and EU. Stopped at 20+ embassies those two days.

Plans for 2013
Ride more miles. Target is to ride over 1000 miles. I'd like to hit my one-time target of 2000 miles, but I don't expect that to happen.
Ride more tours. Already making plans for Tour de Chesapeake. Tour dem Parks, Bike DC, NYCentury and Tour du Port are probable. Might even try a new event, like the Southern Maryland Century or the Covered Bridge tour.
Club rides .... we'll see.
Try to keep up the ride journal a bit better.

Had hoped to do my first ride of the year today, but the weather wasn't a cooperative as originally forecast and I didn't want to chance getting sick again (the current cold just reaching its end.)

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13th July, 2012. 1:39 pm. Arrggh...

Twice now I've had the stage winning rider on my fantasy Tour de France team, but I've had them on the bench instead of as a starter that day.

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13th July, 2012. 1:33 pm. DRA

originally posted July 13, 2012

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Saturday July 7, 2012
5:30 to 9:30 pm
Start: S’s office, Fairfax Drive, Alexandria
Route: Madison, Braddock, Mount Vernon to DRA, Mount Vernon, Braddock, Wythe, Fairfax
Weather: 100+/mid 90's, humid, sunny/ after dark, calm
Distance: 5 miles
YTD: 502 miles

Been a while....Collapse )
Sum up: Hot day, hot evening, but any rid’ll do.
Don’t plan to ride again until the heat wave breaks. Probably will get out next weekend, or maybe an evening ride.

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18th June, 2012. 9:57 am. Tour dem Parks

originally posted June 18,, 2012
Skipping a few entries to get this one posted. Will try to fill in later.

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Tour dem Parks

Saturday June 10, 2012
11:30 am to 2:00 pm
Start: Carroll Park, Baltimore
Route-ish: GFT, Belle Grove, BWI Trail, Patapsco Park, Edmonton, GFT, Lake Arbutus, Druid Hill Park, Memorial Stadium, Lake Montebello, Clifton Park, Collington Square, Patterson Park, Inner Habor, GFT.
Map: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5508493
Weather: mid 80's, humid, mostly sunny, light breeze
Distance: 55 miles on the computer, 58 on the route map
YTD: 497 miles

Metric-ishCollapse )
Sum up: In spite of the heat, it was a great ride.
Will put it on the schedule for next year.

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13th May, 2012. 4:54 pm. Azalea .... not

originally posted May 13, 2012

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Sunday April 29, 2011
11:45 am to 4:45 pm
Start: Rosslyn (Nash)
Route: Key, CCT, North Bethesda Trail, Tuckerman, Strathmore, Waverly, Garret Park, Dewey, RCT, Mathew Henson Trail, connector to Brookside, Parker, Georgia, Arcola, Sligo Creek, Wayne, .... Georgia, Piney Branch, Colorado, 16th, Columbia, Connecticut, Florida, R, Q, 34th, Key Bridge
Map: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5434608
Weather: 50's to mid 60's, mostly sunny
Distance: 38 miles + 3 miles on Saturday
YTD: 195 miles

Smells of the season....Collapse )

Sum up: Love Brookside, but Montgomery county needs to clean their toilets more often.

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13th May, 2012. 4:32 pm. Masks

Saturday April 21, 2012
11:30 am to 1:45 pm
Start: Arkansas and Upshur, above Mount Pleasant
Route: Arkansas, 16th Street and back
Weather: 70ish, sunny, light breeze early, cloudy and breezy later.
Distance: 3 miles
YTD: 154 miles

MasksCollapse )
Sum up: Great time seeing the show. Will try to come again before it leaves in early May.

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13th May, 2012. 4:30 pm. Crafty

posted May 13

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Friday April 20, 2012
5:00 pm to 9:15 pm
Start: Rosslyn, Nash Street
Route: Key Bridge, M, Pennsylvania, G, 13th, H, 4th to Building Museum, F, 9th, Mall, Constitution, Virginia, 23nd, Pennsylvania, Key Bridge
Map: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5421963
Weather: 70's, sunny to dark
Distance: 9 miles
YTD: 151 miles

Fine FairCollapse )

Sum up: Great show. Good to get some ride in, since the weekend is forecast to the all rain, all the time.

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13th May, 2012. 4:28 pm. Art

posted May 13

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Sunday April 15, 2012
10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Start: Rosslyn, Nash Street
Route: Key, CCT, Georgetown Branch, Forest Glen, Sligo Creek, Maple, Takoma Park (varoius), Blair, ... 3rd, Gallatin, Fort Totten, Taylor, Harewood, 4th, .....O, P, 11th, R, Q, 34th, Key Bridge
Map: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5409757
Weather: mid 80's, humid, mostly sunny, light breeze
Distance: 30 miles
YTD: 142 miles

O StreetCollapse )

Sum up: Enjoy visiting O street. Mostly painters there, but I still get inspired.

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