As the 4th of July approaches in Washington, D.C., there is a gradual devolution of our landscape. Port-o-potties are imported from all areas of the country and plopped throughout the National Mall. Fencing and chicken wire crop up everywhere.
Worst of all, one of the local cyclists’ favorite spots to catch some easy miles becomes verboten territory. Hains Point, located in the Southwest quadrant of the city, will be completely blocked off until the end of the 4th festivities. Felkerino and I suspect this is where the city stores all its fireworks, but since they won’t let us ride there, we can’t ride down the Point to tell you if that is actually true.
Oh well. I guess we are up to the sacrifice given that:
- The Washington, D.C., fireworks are pretty amazing;
- We ride Hains Point all the time so one week of having to find alternate places to ride shouldn’t hurt us too much; and
- We have no choice.
Living in the city is nice, but requires flexibility!
While I look forward to seeing the skies light up on the 4th, I think we’ll be more than ready to see the port-o-potties, fencing, and other fireworks extravaganza equipment make its way off the National Mall so it can once again be unobstructed.
Happy 4th of July, everybody!!