|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
The Bike Rack Sunday ride is a nice 40-mile ride where no one gets dropped, the pace is at about 18-20 mph, and the conversation is always good. A great group of people, and always encouraging. We meet up at the Bike Rack DC shop on 14th and Q, and head up through Georgetown, up MacArthur and towards Potomac via Angler's Hill (AKA Anguish Hill). The group sticks together for the majority of the ride, but at Anguish Hill, all bets are off. Today was spectacular, as the temps reach the 60s by the time we were halfway through the loop. These are the days we live for. I tried to sit up at the front, but after almost two months of less-than-serious effort on the bike, I quickly slipped back. Most of the ride to the Hill I was in the mix, and that was great. Gives me something to strive for as I ready for the spring and summer season. After the re-group at the Starbucks, we splintered a bit due to someone's broken chain, and I went ahead with the lead group. By the time we reached Rock Creek Park, I was shredded, and I did my best to stick to the back. Once the time came to climb out of Rock Creek Valley, I had to reach deep into the suitcase of courage to crest Aspen Hill near Walter Reed. The spin back through Takoma Park was mellow, as I all could think about was a nice shower.