The sights of D.C. (from my bike)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dear friends:
My bicycle commuting is going pretty well. Last week, I biked 5 consecutive days for the first time. The weather has been pretty good. This morning it was cool when I started out. I continue to improve my speed and my muscle mass (if not my weight). The scale tells me I have added another 1-2 lbs of lean body mass. While I am not losing as much as I would like, I am happy to be adding muscle.

Last Saturday, I took an all day bicycle maintenance class at REI. Essentially, I learned how to tune up my bike, and it needed a lot of tuning. It rode a lot better at the end of that day. With the instructor's assistance, I adjusted my rear hub, both derailleurs, both brakes, a few of my spokes, and the height of my handlebar, and did some preliminary cleaning of my chain and cogs. All good stuff. Sunday, I bought some degreaser and a brush set for when I do a more thorough cleaning of the chain and cogs, added "Slime" to my tires to further protect me from flats, reinflated the tires to the recommended level, and bought a mini chain tool and spoke wrench to add to my emergency tool kit. I'm not planning to start doing all of my own maintenance work (which would require a lot more tools), but I feel more confident that I'll be able to take care of myself in case of an emergency, and I have a better idea of what to ask for when I'm at the bike shop. I met my goal for the course.

As I promised some time ago, I took some pictures from different places along my commute, and uploaded them. It really is much more inspiring than riding the dark, dingy subway, so here goes:

Lincoln Memorial

Jefferson Memorial

Washington Monument

Lincoln Memorial


The trail

Yours truly

What do you think? If you could ride by these sights every morning, would you be inspired?
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  • no profile photo TSANC01
    Great pics, nice commute, lucky you.
    3434 days ago
    Beautiful pictures. I visited DC back in the 80's and would love to return. Missed the Lincoln Memorial because my dad refused to ride the tourist buses.

    My pastor rides his bike pretty regularly since he is training to do the rid from MS next month. He says he sees more things riding the bike than he does when he is driving the same route in his truck.

    I really wish I had the money to buy a good used bike!
    3435 days ago
    I wish my commute looked that good! I know I haven't commented in awhile, but I've been reading. You are doing an AWESOME job! Keep it up! emoticon
    3436 days ago
    How wonderful to ride among the monuments along your daily commute. The trail looks really nice and you are doing such good things for yourself physically and mentally. Kudos! What kind of bike are you riding and does it have any special features?
    3441 days ago
    emoticon Fabulous, inspiring pix. I agree much better than a subway any day.
    3441 days ago
  • TIGGER622
    That is amazing!!! If I could ride past those I would love it!!!! You are awesome! And I am so impressed by your bike knowledge, I need to start learning if I am going to start doing these tri's more often :) Keep up the good work, you ROCK!
    3441 days ago
    Wow! That inspires me to take photos on my morning walks. (Bill, in a more pessimistic mood, said that at least I could take a picture of anyone who mugged me. But our new neighborhood is much safer than that!)
    3441 days ago
    What a great ride your have. Good for you getting something done and getting fitness.
    3441 days ago
    I ride a lot of the same roads, but still notice something new each time. Riding past such iconic landmarks must be quite something.

    Now I know who to call when my bike needs repaired!
    3441 days ago
    YES, I would be inspired too. Simply awesome sight you get to see every morning! We drive by the Nebraska Capitol Building every day on our way to work. Sometimes I look at it, sometimes I don't. I do know one block is engraved with these words, which I love: "Praise to the Pioneers who broke the sod, that men to come might live." It just points out how much we on the prairie owe to to our brave ancestors who came to this wild land and tamed it.

    I'm sure the beautiful monuments, etc. that you pass everyday have a message to you too, they truly represent the wonderful country we live in! Aren't we lucky?
    3442 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6758122
    awesome commute !!!!! Yes, I would be inspired all right !
    3442 days ago
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