The day after Bike to Work Day there was a ride scheduled called the "Midnight Memorial Ride". While not actually scheduled for midnight, it was a ride that to be done by the moonlight with a route that passes many of the most popular monuments in DC.
Due to a bit of miscommunication from the WABA web site, I got to the rendezvous point for this particular ride an hour before the scheduled departure time. Luckily there were a lot of other folks in the same boat, so we stood around getting to know each other a bit better. The ride was organized by the folks at College Park/Mount Airy Cycles and they had some food and drink for us to munch on as we waited for the beginning of the ride.
A little after 9 PM we departed from the hostel at 11th and K Streets NW and headed down 11th to Pennsylvania Avenue and then over past Union Station to the Capitol Building. After a bumpy descent down Capitol Hill on Independence Avenue we went past the National Botanic Garden and down the National Mall to the Washington Monument.
Next up we headed down 15th Street toward the White House, and then looped back around to the World War II Memorial. From there we went along the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial, continuing onto Ohio Drive down to Hains Point. We did a complete circuit around Hains Point and then proceeded to the Jefferson Memorlal.
Finally, we went back by way of the mall up 7th Street and on back to the hostel where snacks and drinks were waiting for us. All in all, it was a fun ride. When the ride started and all of us were riding together, it was amazing how we completely dominated he traffic. There was something really fun about being in control of the road like that. However, in time the lights took their toll and the group got thinned out. Even still, it was a lot of fun.
|Posted May 21, 2007 at 11:39 PM|