Again, a no camera day! Drove 2 hours to saddle surf the Mt. Vernon trail in hopes of getting some quality time in with my recumbent and seeing some cherry blossoms. The cherry blossoms were a bit shy today and failed to show, but I had a blast cycling 35 miles on paved multi-use trail in NOVA.
There was a lot of use on the trail for a weekday. The Jonquils were absolutely beyond compare and I had a blast. My glutes are crying, my quads are too sore to console them, my shoulders are sagging and my knees weak and sore. It’s good to know I’m alive 🙂 What a great workout. It’s a shame it means 4 hours of driving to get to cycle that. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Mount Vernon Trail, it goes from Mount Vernon, VA to the Lincoln Memorial in DC. It’s all paved, fairly flat, but really, there are some rollers and a few short, windy inclines. The Potomac accompanies you for many parts of the ride, and it takes you through Old Town Alexandria, right by the Torpedo Factory Artisan center and at the right time of year, through beautiful dogwoods and other spring flowers.
On weekends, the trail can be very heavily traveled, even during the week, you seem to have to wade through the nanny traffic. One highlight of the ride is Gravely Point Park, where the planes take off from Reagan National Airport and are so low as they pass over the park, as to allow you to take stock of the landing gear and rivets on the underside of the plane. There are always spectators at Gravely Point, experiencing this very close-up and person encounter with the planes.
Loved the day.
I will be suffering tomorrow, but it will be with a smile.
Go make your own breeze and remember: if you’re not having fun; you’re in the wrong gear!