I enjoy cycling to work when the weather is nice. I do everything I can to make myself visible to drivers and follow the rules of the road, but there are some people that just plain don’t pay attention…
I am finally able to start cycling a little- so last Friday I decided to take my bike for a spin to my local library book sale – about a mile away. I figured that was a reasonable distance to try for my first bike ride back since hurting my heel – Its only about a mile and very flat. So I headed over, locked up my bike and headed in to look at all the books. I found 3 for $1 each that I had on my list of book I want to read which I will ultimately add to the huge pile of books that I hope to eventually read in my lifetime. ANYWAY as I headed back over to my bike I pulled out my keys and tried to unlock the bike lock – didn’t work. I stood next to my bike thinking, ‘OH SHIT.’
30 days of biking starts TOMORROW!! Since I am not supposed to be cycling right now due to my heel/foot injury a few family and friends have volunteered to take some days for me. I will be doing the bicycle exercise and also posting once of my favorite cycling videos everyday over on my facebook and twitter pages so feel free to check them out! Hopefully my doctor says I can get back to cycling at my follow up appointment next friday so JoJo and I can check out some cool bike trails!
Have you ever wanted to try to bike commute to work, but didn’t know what to bring with you? Here’s a list of everything I bring with me when I ride my bike to work! ( I did forget to mention my wallet- LOL!) Give it a try sometime!
I’m sure I am not the first person to think this up, but I needed a cue sheet holder for my bike and 1) didn’t feel like paying $10 when I figured I could make one and 2) didn’t feel like waiting for it to be mailed to me. I decided to see if I could make my own with things I have around the house.
On Oct 23, 2016 I had the privilege of riding in the Bike MS: NYC which was a 30 mile route around Manhattan. NYC is another area I haven’t been to in YEARS and I was disappointed I didn’t get to do as much sight seeing as I wanted, but that just means another trip back – preferably when it’s a bit warmer!
I forgot to post this! OOPS!!
My final day in DC! Kevin drove down the night before and I asked him to bring his bike so we could cycle around DC before he took me home. After going out to eat at Panera (by the way, the staff at the Panera near the Rosslyn Metro station were so friendly!) we grabbed our bikes, hopped on the Mt Vernon Trail and cycled to DC. I showed Kevin all the sights I saw a few days before since he hadn’t been to DC in a while – we really lucked out because there happened to be some sort of walk going on and a TON of streets were closed so we didn’t have to worry about cars at all. Then we got on the Rock Creek Park Trail and headed up to the zoo. The trail was lovely although it was very crowded along most of it – it was a Saturday after all.
This was the first FULL day I got to spend in DC – I looked at some maps and figured I would check out the Mt Vernon trail that would take me right to the Lincoln Memorial and from there I could navigate all the way around DC on my bike.
I rode around some streets in DC trying to find the least busy route to my hotel, but unfortunately Google Maps took me on some pretty busy roads that I didn’t feel comfortable riding on. I ended up walking my bike down that street until I got to the Francis Scott Key Bridge and was able to ride across on the pedestrian sidewalk. I checked into my hotel and was slightly embarrassed that it was a ton of business people and stinky lil me.
This video shows how you get from Georgetown to mile marker 0 on the C&O trail. It can be a little tricky to find – a lot of people think the trail ends in Georgetown, but SURPRISE!! You have to go about .5 more miles or so along the Rock Creek Park Trail and then turn into the parking lot for the Thompson Boat Center, pass a bunch of row boats and BOOM! Mile marker 0. It is such a lovely view to end a great bike trip! 🙂