Let Us be Mindful and Caring

Today, as I walked to work I spent a lot of time thinking about Stan Miller. I don’t know why thoughts of him kept creeping into my head. Perhaps because it was such a beautiful day to be outside and there were lots of people out riding their bikes or walking to the office. Stan would have liked being out there with us today.

As I came to the intersection of L’Enfant Plaza and Independence Avenue, I saw this little memorial attached to a light post. Whenever I walk commute I see this sign, but I never read it until today.

“Let Us be Mindful and Caring”

It was dedicated to someone who had died there, “and others who die needlessly.” The last sentence read “Let us be mindful and caring.”

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The Journey

Today, I thought I’d take some time to consider the beauty of commuting by bike, despite the daily risks that cyclists face out on the roads.  Be safe, everybody.

I regularly commute to work by bike.  I used to take the Metro, but I gradually discovered there is a much richer way to experience life in Washington, D.C.  And that way is on my bicycle.

This way to the daily grind.

Bicycle commuting takes mundane trips to and from the office and turns them into mini-adventures.  My husband and I found a (mostly!) peaceful D.C. commute route that takes me on (mostly!) quiet streets and along the monuments every day.  

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Saying Good-Bye to our Friend Stan Miller

Today we learned that one of our cycling and randonneuring friends, Stan Miller, was killed by a suspected drunk driver.  The story regarding this tragic accident may be read here.

It is difficult to accept that we will never go for another ride with Stan. Below is a photo Jan Bull took of Stan. This photo won The Daily Randonneur‘s photo contest in the “Spirit of Randonneuring” category. As our contest judge Gregg Bleakney wrote:

This category was tough to call but Stan just looks like the perfect poster-boy for rando-spirit. Nice warm light, big smile. Creative bull-clip map/notepad on front bar bag.

Spirit of Randonneuring (c) Jan Bull

He will be missed by all of us. Stan always rode his own ride, and always finished brevets with a big smile and the craziest helmet hair I’d ever seen.

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Summer Solstice Dahon Hon Solo Ride

Summer officially arrived in Washington, D.C. on Monday, and I decided it was time to pull out my summer bike, the Dahon Hon Solo. This is a limited edition folder with 16 20″ wheels from (guess?) Dahon and is also (guess?) a single speed!

This bike is so much fun to ride.  It’s functional, fits well, and no one expects me to ride fast or beat them on their morning commute. It is a low-threat commute steed.

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300K Fun Ride – Warrenton, Virginia

If a ride happens and no one knows about it, did it really happen?

This weekend, Felkerino, Lane, and I rode the 2009 D.C. Randonneurs 300K route from Warrenton, Va. This is a lovely rolling route that takes the rider all around horse country and back. It’s not killer in terms of terrain, but the first part of the ride, in particular, has plenty of hills to keep your attention and tire you out.

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New Bike! Rawland dSogn

Felkerino’s Rawland

Felkerino liked his Rawland dSogn so much, he bought and built me one, too!

Today Felkerino and I took my new ride on its maiden voyage. I love it! This is my first bike with 650B tires and disc brakes.

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chasing mailboxes

There he is.  See?
Just down the road.
There.

Yes.  Yes!  I see .
Pedal hard. We will catch him.
Let’s do it!

Pedal pedal pedal.
I think we’re gaining.
We can do this!

Pedal faster!

Almost. There.
Wait. It’s not what we thought.
No? No.

It was fun giving chase.
Got my heart rate up.
Even if he did turn out to be
a mailbox.