My excitement about my new bike was hard to suppress this morning. I've even been considering taking part in the Vasa Ride, put on by the Embassy of Sweden. Here's the scoop:
Starting from the Embassy of Sweden building, House of Sweden, bicyclists will duplicate the 56-mile Vasa race with a non-competitive ride through scenic upper Northwest Washington DC and into Montgomery County, MD.
In keeping with the Vasaloppet’s week-long series of events for everyone, WABA also has designed shorter routes, a Halv Vasa (28 miles) and a Kort Vasa (14 miles) so there's sure to be something for everyone! We will publish the Vasa routes shortly before the event date.
All rides will finish with the Vasa Race's traditional and famed blueberry soup courtesy of Ekströms, part of Procordia Food AB and the Embassy. Consider bringing a lock to secure your bike to one of our racks after the ride.Two things- I would only do the Halv Vasa because I think that 56 miles would be too long for someone who really only rides 6.5 miles at a time. And blueberry soup sounds fucking awesome/horrible. I like blueberry smoothies- is it anything like a blueberry gazpacho? (Dear Top Chef Contestants, Blueberry gazpacho is a trademarked idea of Tales From the Sharrows. Love, Brian). I don't know- it's in a month, so I'll think about.
One last revelation for the day. I used to think that an M series BMW was the scariest car on the road. Not because the engine seems to automatically rev even louder when it passes a bicycle (which I swear is an actual design feature) and not because