Jun 30 2007
I had a bit of a milestone today. Last spring we taught the twins how to ride their two wheel bikes and began doing short bike trips on the paths around our area. Midsummer of ’06 we were biking to downtown Herndon for ice cream at Dairy Queen. I was amazed the girls at 6 were able to do this five mile trip!
But what also happened is I caught the bicycle bug. After getting thrashed on my $45 Kaymart Special Mountain Bike look-alike, I decided to get me a real bike: a Specialized Crossroads hybrid. That was around June of last year and I have been addicted ever since.
Couple week’s ago I went for the lock-in shoes (Specialized brand again) and was thinking about doing a multi-day trip along the C&O Canal. Still looking forward to that, but in preparation I decided to see if I could do a 50 mile day (which is not easy at my age). Well, today I did the 50 miles on the WO&D trail from Reston to Purceville and back. I did my 50 miles before I turned 50 years ( currently 47.5 and holding at 29). The trail is an old train line that runs from just about the Potomac River across from DC to Purceville. Here is one photo to give you an idea of what the trail looks like.
But there was on section coming down the hill at mile marker 39 or 40 which was just amazing. I can only describe it since I did not have a camera with me (idiot that I am). The trail came into a long stretch where the trees towered 80-100 ft above us. They formed a heavenly arch of green back lit by the afternoon sun which gave this stretch the look of a quarter mile long natural cathedral. The trees’ tops did not start to meet above our heads for about what looked to be 60-80 feet up, making the bikers look like mice racing up and down the middle of this arch. It was amazing. I am still kicking myself for not bringing the camera. But the real miracle is I made it! A half century in human powered miles before I hit half a century in years. OK, now time for a hot shower and a pile of advil. Be well all!