Arena Stage: Almost Finished!

For those of you who pass through Southwest via Maine Avenue, something exciting happened on Wednesday. The barricades blocking off one lane of Maine Avenue were removed and now people can actually walk on the new sidewalk by Arena Stage. It’s TRUE! I walked there myself.

Arena Stage. July 28, 2010

In addition, it looks like Arena will be back in their home theater in October. Just a few more months! This has been a cool project to watch come together. In March of this year, things looked a little different.

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D.C. Commute Scenes: Spirit of Justice Park

This week, I had to run an errand near Capitol Hill. While in that neck of the woods, I took a couple minutes to pop into the Spirit of Justice Park. The park sits behind the Rayburn House Office Building between C and D Streets, Southwest.

Spirit of Justice Park and the Rayburn Building

I think I’ve been in this park before, but most often I just walk by it. I’m glad I stopped. It was peaceful (always nice to find in the city), the fountains were going, and the trees blooming. If you ever feel like the city is chewing you up and spitting you out, the Spirit of Justice Park might be a nice place to take a break from it all.

Devin’s Rivendell Quickbeam with the Double Top Tube

Every day I see a bike that attracts my attention.  If I can, I’ll try and take a photo of the bike or at least tell the rider, “Hey, I like your bike!”

Recently, Felkerino and I saw a bike that turned our heads so much we chased the rider down to find out more about it. We don’t normally chase down our fellow cyclists (so don’t be worried, fellow commuters!). However, when we saw this bicycle, we felt we had to seize the moment.

Devin’s Quickbeam at the White House Plaza. Note the double top tube!

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Wild & Wonderful West Virginia RUSA Permanent

I am so lucky to live in Washington, D.C. Despite the large metropolitan area in which Felkerino and I live, we are a stone’s throw away from beautiful cycling (with mountains, yay!) on quiet back roads.

This weekend, Felkerino and I headed out to the Shenandoah and the mountains of West Virginia to work on our climbing legs. This particular ride was the 203 Kilometer Wild & Wonderful RUSA Permanent #713, designed by D.C. Randonneur George Moore.

Making the trip out was a bit of a haul (about a two hour drive), but the ride was stunning and lots of the riding was shady (always a plus  in the summertime). Here are a few highlights to share.

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Washington, D.C., Bike Parking Scenes

One of these things is not like the other
One of these things just doesn’t belong…

Can you figure out what it is?

Bike parking. And dog parking, too?

This was the status of the bike rack at my local grocery store Thursday evening. I know it’s not always easy for people to find a place for their dog to hang out while they’re inside shopping, but I was a little bummed that a dog beat out my bike at the bike rack. It is a bike rack, after all.

Oh well, I hope the pup enjoyed mingling with the velocipedes. Happy Friday, everybody! I’m off to chase mailboxes.

Rain Welcome, but Timing Needs Improvement

Did you know that in the past six days, the Washington, D.C., area has received over 3.77 inches of rain? Capitol Weather Gang told me so!

It’s Raining Again

I’m glad the area is getting rain because apparently we are at the beginnings of a drought. However, I do have an issue with the timing of the recent precipitation, as it seems to coincide precisely with the moment that I step outside. I’m trying not to take it personally.

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