Leader: Christopher Roell
Members: Christopher Roell
Guests: Hunter Hrab, Spencer Williams
Route: https://goo.gl/Doi8NC 45 miles/2,000 elevation gain.
Weather: Hot, sunny, mild wind low humidity with temps in the low 90's.
AMS: 12-13 mph.
Report: BicycleSPACE shop July 4th Special Edition City Explorers ride that I led and offered in conjunction as a club ride for members who might be looking for that urban type of riding from time to time. And even though very few members actually attend these rides, I plan on at least offering them as club rides if only for the fact that cycling in DC is, in reality, much safer and more fun to ride in than what one may necessary think.
On this particular ride, we rode a loop around all of Washington DC that stayed 100% in DC. Better to say, we rode a loop around the innermost boundary lines of DC, which in itself is a challenge.
On the ride, we saw things like some original boundary stone markers of DC; old American Earthwork Civil War Forts; Lincoln murals; 4th of July parades; National Parks; the new Water Front; the Jefferson Memorial; rode the Capital Crescent and Metro Branch trails; saw a great view of the U.S. Capitol in the distance; and even saw a volley ball game being played.
What was nice about the ride is how really great it is to ride in DC on a holiday as there is virtually no vehicle traffic on the roads. I always say that is the best time to ride in DC as most people leave the city on holidays. It is almost like a ghost town. Even riding down by the Police locked down sections of the city like the Tidal Basin for the fireworks was no problem for us as the Police always let us through on our bikes!
All and all, a great ride with two people new to the biking scene in the DMV. I told them about the Club, and I wouldn't be surprised down the rode if either of them joined or came on a Club event ride.
Ride Pictures: https://goo.gl/hD5GVp