Alexandria , VA

I wanted this post to be focused on our nation’s capital. However, the demands of work coupled with an early sunset, left me with no other option, but to ride either from my hotel or on the cycle way in historic Old Town.

After arriving on Saturday and accessing the work load, I woke up Sunday morning and drove to Old Town. I hopped on the Mount Vernon trail, an 18 mile, paved, multi-use trail, that’s not too crowded, and pedaled a few miles before turning around and taking a short tour of Old Town in Alexandria.

The next morning, I made it my mission to ride the 15 miles from Old Town to Mount Vernon and back, regardless of what work had in store for me. Of course, I started with a slight drizzle and the rain got a bit harder as the day progressed. The path runs between the George Washington Parkway and the Potomac River and looks as though it could have been used hundreds of years ago as a roadway.

When I arrived at Mount Vernon (the childhood home of George Washington that he transformed into a beautiful 18th century manision), I was met by security and told that I could not walk my bike into the estate. That said, my tour would have to wait for another day.

As I turned around and headed back to Alexandria, the rain stopped and the sun made a brief appearance. I took advantage and slowly soft pedaled my way along the river and really enjoyed the beautiful landscape thats only a few miles from the District of Columbia. My next mission is to tackle D.C. on a winter ride through the capital.

What’s playing (what am I listening to while writing or what’s dancing around in my head while riding), today – Split Enz – I Got You