And so I decided to go for an easy ride on this beautiful Easter. If I felt okay, I'd do 40 miles. So riding Big Nellie and wearing my Skidmore College sweatshirt (easily the most expensive clothing I own), I set out for the big city.
|Bald Eagle Nest - Just Left of Center|
I cruised into Belle Haven Park and notice that a stop sign was missing. Too bad they didn't take the Dismount before Crossing sign too. It doesn't say "Walk Your Bike", so maybe as a form of protest all bicyclists should dismount then remount their bikes in obedience to the sign gods. (Note to National Park Service: Lose the stupid signs. Or put them at every stop sign that a car would encounter. End of screed.)
|STS - Stupid Trail Sign|
|Wiffle Ball Spring Training|
|Battle of the Tidal Basin - Midway, It Ain't|
I spent the next 20 minutes on the Anacostia River Trail, which is clearly a work in progress. The Fish Market was jammed up with cars. People, park the car and walk into the market. There's only 20 spaces and there are 2,000 of you fish eaters in your SUVs. Do the bloddy math!
|Back of Titanic Memorial|
I stopped by the Titanic Memorial. I haven't a clue why there's a Titanic memorial and not a Lusitania memorial or an Andrea Doria memorial, or a Thresher (look it up) memorial.
|Continuing with Our Nautical Theme....|
|I Managed to Avoid Hard Hat Hell|
|K. T. Tunstall Got Her Start Busking, You Know|
|Big Nellie, Big Dome|
|Pernsylvania - The Avenue of Lights|
|Tow the Bastard! Happy Easter.|
|Cherry Blossom Ceremony - Without Blossoms (Oops!)|
As I reached the Tidal Basin, I came upon the Cherry Blossom Festival ceremonies. Here, honest to goodness folks from Japan promised to give the U.S. more pretty trees if we promised to buy more radioactive Toyota Camrys. (I think. It was hard to hear them.) There were smiles all around. And to think that just 75 years ago, Japan wanted to crush the United States. And that, just 70 years ago, the United States wanted to wipe Japan off the face of the earth. I wonder if Iran has any spare trees.
|What's with This Wind?|
|Candy Colored Bikes at the George Mason Memorial|
|Can't You Just Feel That Tailwind?|