I belong to the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA). Every March, WABA teams up with the Swedish embassy to host a bicycling version of the Vassaloppet. Some folks do the entire 60 mile ride. They must be Swedes. I, however, am of Irish extraction. I don't do 60 mile rides in 45 degree weather. So I did the Halvvasa, which apparently is Swedish for Half Vasaloppet.
|Pre-Ride: The Crowd Gathers|
|Bike Friday Club of DC - Jonathan and Me|
|Regina - Have Smile, Will Ride|
The climb up into Great Falls is challenging. It's probably 1/2 mile long which is long enough to find a climbing rhythm. We took Falls Road into Potomac Village spotting a flock ("flock" isn't the right word here) of vultures snarfing down Sunday brunch - a deer carcass on the side of the road. Gross.
|The Boots Rider Had a Moustache on Her Bike.|
|Dude, Get Off My Dream Bike|
|Blue Bike, White Tires, Boots!|
|Welcome to Sweden|
|Swedish Innovation Exhibit|
A lovely, enthusiastic WABA volunteer called out to me at Reservoir Road and I made the right hand turn back down to the Capital Crescent Trail. Another 5 miles of scenic river riding and I was back at the embassy. I had forgotten my lock, so Jonathan used his cable lock to lock our bikes together. Thanks, Jonathan.
|After Ride - Trying Out a Utility Bike|
Good ride. Well done, WABA. Thanks for the hospitality, Swedish Embassy.
Until next year, skol, y'all.