From home, it was down South Carolina to 11th. At the school, there were some Marines on the baseball field practicing their ceremonial rifle manipulations. That's one safe baseball field.
The 11th street local bridge is still incomplete, but it's still completely bikeable. I noticed that they're tearing the deck off the old 11th street highway bridge. Something about mangled, semi-destructed bridges is very affecting. Maybe it's the mangled, semi-destructedness.
Like bad pictures of a boat? You're welcome.
|You can lock up your bike and look at a boat.|
I don't think there's a bike sign that makes me happier than one that gives the directions to the Nationals Bike Valet.
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Did you know the baseball stadium is on a street "named" Taxation Without Representation Street, SE? I saw the road sign for the first time today. I think Municipal Bond Boondoggle Way, SE was a close runner-up.
I crossed South Capitol Street and rode down P Street to the Waterfront, along the Interim Provisional Temporary In-Progress Not-Yet-Finished Design Stage Planned Anacostia Riverwalk Trail (Western Conference), up Water Street and then decided to be monumentally silly and ride into Arlington over the 14th Street Bridge, which was quite crowded with bike commuters heading in the other direction.
On the MVT, I saw a guy standing next to the trail with his bike upside. He was spinning the wheel and fondling (don't be gross) his tire. Something was wrong. So, I stopped and inquired. You should always stop. Never assume that a person with a flat tire is fine or that someone has already stopped. At least three other people biked by from the time I saw him to the time I stopped. I asked what was wrong. He had a flat. I told him I had a tube. He declined. I told him I had a pump. He tried to pump the tire, but the air wouldn't stay. He told me that he thinks the tires had worn through. And that he rode a century this past weekend and this was going to be the last ride on these tires and that this was his first commute into Georgetown. I told him I had a patch kit. He declined. He asked me where he should walk. I suggested the 14th Street Bridge and maybe get a bus from downtown. He told me that he would walk over the Memorial Bridge. He said that this would be his last ride without a flat kit. I said bye.
Mount Vernon Trail was only a little crowded. It was more crowded on the Key Bridge. One commute, four bridges, two river crossings, zero reasons for doing it. Totally worth it.
Not much in the way of bicycle traffic in Georgetown, but it picked up a little in Glover Park. I was pleased to read that DDOT is addressing the 37th and Tunlaw street issue, the issue being that the intersection sucks and needs redesigning. The hills seemed less terrible than they used to be, but I'm sure that's just some kind of bizarro nostalgia. Traffic on New Mexico seemed worse than usual. I'm pretty sure that we can put together some kind of class action lawsuit against the Maryland DMV, maybe with a cease and desist component so they stop issuing licenses until they do a better job of ensuring that their standards actually mandate the safe operation of a vehicle. It's incredible.
Pretty good day over all. I wanted to take the CCT, but maybe some other day. Maybe even tomorrow.