|At least it's not Halloween.|
Since I had nothing pressing at work to do this morning aside from filling out my brackets, I decided that I would take a different route in this morning. I've only gone over the Chain Bridge via bicycle once and all I remember of that trip is the hilliness of North Arlington (or NoArl as no one calls it). I also remember that I had to take the C&O towpath back about a mile and a half to reconnect to the CCT because there didn't seem to be a way to get to the CCT. But it was just such a nice day out today, I figured that I would take advantage of that and that the hills wouldn't kill me.
NoArl consists of single-family homes, most of which look like they should be featured on a show by Sherwood Schwartz (not Gilligan's Island), and Protestant churches. My route took me along Quincy and Military Road through such tough-sounding neighborhoods like Cherrydale, Donaldson Run, Gulf Branch, Bellevue Forest and Rivercrest, the last of which I believe inspired a role playing card game that once rivaled Magic: The Gathering in the mid 90s. Sure, there were hills, but there were bike lanes the whole way! These residents must be super-IMBYs (as opposed to NIMBYs) when it comes to bicyclists because there were inspirational phrases spray-painted in the bike lanes. Things like "Keep Pumping!" and "Almost There!" I'm looking forward to similar adornment along the New Mexico Avenue bike lanes once those are painted.
I didn't see any other cyclists on the road today, but I think this route is pretty popular on the weekends. I don't think that many people, comparatively, commute by bike to upper NW via the Chain Bridge. Mostly because of the lack of connectivity to anywhere.
On to quibbles, then. This is the Bike Arlington map, showing the connection between the Chain Bridge and the Capital Crescent Trail:
|Not NACTO approved.|
Not much else interesting from the CCT to work. I saw this truck: