I have already done one Utilitaire ride this week. It was my bike commute on Wednesday. It was 29 1/2 miles. That was pretty easy since I ride to work as often as possible anyway. So today I decided to run errands.
|At the Barbershop (pole in background)|
Now according to the rules, I get credit for only one more Utilitaire ride this week. Mine was a doozy.. I started by riding a little over a mile to the barbershop. The barber once again exposed way more of my scalp than I care to see but he can't be blamed for the thinning of the hairs.
|Getting My Powerball On|
|The Supermarket Has My Bank Inside|
|Scoring Some Wiper Blades|
|Wiper Blades Are Too Long|
My final chore was to buy some Assos chamois butter. Cyclists who wear cycling shorts don't wear underpants; instead bike shorts come with a built in pad to cushion the ride. Unfortunately, if you ride enough you're nearly guaranteed to get saddle sores. Saddle sores are bad news. Butt cream to the rescue. A container of Assos costs more than $25 but my buttocks are worth it. My local bike shop is four miles from home. Hi Yo Silver, Away.
|Ass Cream Sold Here|
It being the case that I was already 4 miles from home and a little less than 30 miles from a 100-mile week, I decided to go for a spin. I headed north on Fort Hunt Road and made my way back to Washington Street in Alexandria. I rode north from there to Slater's Lane where I headed east. I reach US 1 again but here it has a brand new bridge with a bikeable sidewalk. On the north side of the brdge I entered Potomac Yards, a new development on the site of an abandoned railroad classification yard. (A classification yard is where trains are assembled from rail cars coming from a lot of heres and going to a lot of theres.)
|The Bridge to Lady Bird Johnson Park|
The principal advantage of Potomac Yards is that it is pool table flat and has a brand new boulevard that cars don't seem to want to use. Fools! In five minutes I was on the north side of Crystal City, riding through the new Long Bridge Park. The Park isn't intended for biking but the road next to it is a mess. After riding through the park, I made my way along the north side of the pentagon and hung a right into Lady Bird Johnson Park. There I glanced at the big stone monument to her husband. I stopped to use the bathroom facilities but the men's room was filled with shady looking characters.
|Anacostia River Trail|
Around the Navy Yard complex, I hooked up with the Anacostia River Trail again. This led me to the 11th Street bridge across the Anacostia. With a couple of quick turns. I was on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. MLK is a hilly beast right through some of the poorest neighborhoods of DC. There are four hills from the 11th Street bridge to the Wilson Bridge across the Potomac. Four, that is, if you avoid the high-traffic South Capital Street in DC which turns into /Indian Head Highway in Maryland. Wanting to save a hill I took the highway. Drivers were pretty mellow today so I had no trouble getting to Oxon Hill Road. I took a left and began a screaming downhill on near virgin pavement toward the base of the Wilson Bridge. If you take this downhill all the way to National Harbor you can reach 40 miles per hour. (Been there, done that.) Today, I left the downhill about midway to cross over a bike path that would take me to the Wilson Bridge bike path.
|Navy Yard Closed|
|Trapeze School - Check Out the Motto|
I arrived home in a light sprinkle. I had ridden 42 1/2 miles and accomplished a whole bunch of errands. I treated my Sequoia to a quick chain cleaning and a fresh application of Pedro's Ice Wax. I treated the engine to a fresh application of see-food. Utilitairing makes me hungry.