Category Archives: DC Commute Scenes

Tikit - Private No Parking

Washington, D.C. Bike Commute Scrapbook

Morning ride to American University. Many nice plants here.
Morning ride to American University. Many nice plants here.

What a week. Four sparkling summer days, top notch training, and a ride along with a friend on a couple of days, too. I celebrated the end of my Bike Friday Tikit field trips to Northwest D.C. with a photo safari on today’s ride home, in part to stretch out my time in the afternoon sun and also to remind me why I should travel this way again soon.

Graffiti near the Russian Embassy on Tunlaw
Graffiti near the Russian Embassy on Tunlaw
Is this on R? I don't recall. I liked the symmetry here, and the pop of pink from the flowers in the planters.
Is this on R? I don’t recall. I liked the symmetry here, and the pop of pink from the flowers in the planters.
Cobbles near Georgetown! I cannot get enough of these. I don't want to ride on them every day, but they have a great aesthetic.
Cobbles near Georgetown! I cannot get enough of these. I don’t want to ride on them every day, but they have a great aesthetic.
This staircase kept catching my eye as I passed it this week. Finally, I could not resist pausing for a photo.
This staircase kept catching my eye as I passed it this week. Finally, I paused for a photo.
Small-wheeled bike at the Big Wheel Bikes mural. An irresistible photo op.
Small-wheeled bike at the Big Wheel Bikes mural. An irresistible photo op.
I can only find Blues Alley when I'm not looking for it. This alley is a known, yet off the main path, spot. I could hear people playing music, and when someone opened the door the odor of cigar smoke wafted out along with the music.
I can only find Blues Alley when I’m not looking for it. This alley is a known, yet off the main path, spot. I could hear people playing, and when someone opened the door the odor of cigar smoke wafted out along with the music.
This is also part of Blues Alley. The textures here compelled me to stop for a shot with the Tikit.
This is also part of Blues Alley. The textures here compelled me to stop for a shot with the Tikit.
Private-No Parking. The Tikit takes a risk.
Private-No Parking. The Tikit takes a risk.
Looking down the Potomac toward the Kennedy Center.
Looking down the Potomac toward the Kennedy Center.
Kennedy Center close up. And, not visible, SO MANY CARS on Rock Creek.
Kennedy Center close up. And, not visible, SO MANY CARS on Rock Creek.
The Tikit wants its picture taken with the Lincoln Memorial. This is as close as we got today.
The Tikit wants its picture taken with the Lincoln Memorial. This is as close as we got today.
The Memorial Bridge is so striking. It looks even better in the warm morning light.
The Memorial Bridge is so striking. It looks even better in the warm morning light. Sorry for the debris, but the Potomac washes up some ugly stuff.
Hey, there's a new sign near the Jefferson. It means get off the sidewalk and onto the road or you will fall down the steps on the other side of the footbridge.
Hey, there’s a new sign near the Jefferson. It means get off the sidewalk and onto the road or you will fall down the steps on the other side of the footbridge.
Do you know what this is? It is the second hairpin on the double hairpin after the Francis Case Bridge. Another day, another victory on this segment.
Do you know what this is? It is the second hairpin on the double hairpin after the Francis Case Bridge. Another day, another victory on this segment.

Sometimes the city is not so bad.

 

 

Alex Baca Farewell Tour #leftandleaving

Alex B. Farewell Tour

Over the past week I’ve been thinking about our #bikeDC friend, Alex Baca, who has left D.C. (for now, at least) for a new opportunity San Francisco.

As part of Alex’s farewell activities, of which there appeared to be several, some of us coordinated an “Alex Baca Farewell Tour.”  The weather even cooperated to bring us ideal temperatures and sun the day of the ride. Thanks, weather!

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Flow Like Water

The fleeting pink and white blossoms cover the city. Sun shines and spring breezes blow. Families and field trips congregate on our sidewalks. And hey, how about those tour buses! Yes, it’s cherry blossompalooza in Washington, D.C.

Hains Point, cherry blossoms, and the Surly LHT

In previous years I dreaded this scenario. But thanks to my regular midday runs that have exposed me to this sudden, yet annual, increase in activity I figured out a system to keep me moving (mostly) calmly.

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#BikeDC Meets #BikeNYC IRL: Dmitry Gudkov

Dmitry Gudkov

Tuesday, the mighty social networking tool known as Twitter paved the internets to an in real life (IRL) encounter with photographer Dmitry Gudkov.

Among other projects, Dmitry is the photographer behind #BikeNYC, a dynamic series of portraits of the people who ride bikes in New York City. Through it I have learned about the people of the New York City bicycling community and glimpsed various places where they ride.

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Winter Run on a D.C. Snow(man) Day!

U.S. Capitol snow sculpture

After yesterday’s dumping of snow over Washington, D.C. many schools and businesses, including my employer, declared a snow day. Yahoo!

I fuel up on espresso, throw on my Gore-Tex Salomons, and hit the road.

Snow days allow me to be a tourist in my own city. This “found time” frees me, and I can pad about on my own schedule.

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