I wanted one more chance to see what was left of the cherry blossoms and also to see for the first time the new Humpback Bridge bike path. It's a route down the Mount Vernon Trail that I rarely ever take, since I don't work anywhere near there and if I'm going over the 14th street bridge "recreationally", I'd be more inclined to bike down Four Mile Run and then on the MVT past Crystal City and the airport. This trip also marks the fifth part in my ongoing, and increasingly pointless, series of Bridges I've Biked Over on My Way to Work:
|Next Up: Wilson Bridge?|
Down the Mount Vernon Trail I went, riding for some time behind a guy on a yellow mountain bike who had on a black long-sleeve shirt and black long pants, along with winter gloves. I didn't think it was that cold. He turned off right past the Memorial Bridge, at which point I was riding the windy hills followed by a super-biker type, dressed more seasonally with the exception of his very bright green booties, which I only saw after he passed me before we got to the Humpback Bridge. It's sort of pretty on that part of the trail, especially if you like views of the backs of monuments.
|Ghost monument effect courtesy of terrible photography.|
I passed someone in a recumbent tricycle on the bridge. Did not get a picture. Instead, I spent my time and effort trying to snap another photo of scenic Washington and Arlington. Here's what I got:
|It looks just like it does in the movies!|
The cherry blossoms were pleasant, though less so than last week. I think the storm from yesterday rather damaged them. It might also be that at the end of peak bloom the blossoms just don't look as fresh. I'm not really a flora expert, so who really knows. It could be from the exhaust of the thousands of tour buses parked nearby.
|Do these look as blossomy to you?|
|Georgetown on the right. Sort of.|
Wisconsin to Massachusetts and then to work. On Wisconsin, I saw a man in a light blue satin jacket with a big C embroidered on it. He looked like John Waters, but aged about 20 years.
All in all, it was a pretty quiet trip on account of my leaving home a little bit later and the circuitous route that I took. The Mount Vernon Trail between Key Bridge and 14th Street Bridge doesn't seem like a commuter hotspot, but maybe it is earlier in the morning. But, it's always nice to take a diversionary trip midweek, especially on a day as nice as this one.