I guess it’s obvious by now that I survived my bike commute last Thursday. It was dead hot, and the hills of Arlington nearly killed me, but I did survive. Here’s proof!
After seven miles of mostly easy downhill trail riding, I got to carry my bike up this set of stairs, walk it across a footbridge over the canal, and then up to street level at Georgetown (eventually I might be able to ride it up to street level from the bridge, but it’s a bit steep, this time I had to walk it)..
And then battle some pedestrians across the Key Bridge..
Once across the bridge (finally in Virginia!), I begin the 3-4 mile battle with Arlington hills. I didn’t really get any proper pictures this time, here’s one mid-hill in Rosslyn. The picture doesn’t really do it justice, doesn’t show the full deadliness Rosslyn has to offer.
Of course these dudes had to show off by coming to a full stop at an incline, and then easily getting to full speed right away (oh yes and how fun, I’m so beat from NOT making it all the way up the hill that I can’t even hold the camera steady, hence blurriness)..
There’s another wicked hill in Courthouse, but it’s easier to get momentum leading up to it so I actually made it all the way up that one without having to stop and walk. After that it’s pretty fun, there’s bike lanes, nobody’s gotten mean with me on the road yet. For the last quarter mile or so I get to ride on a usually quiet paved trail through my neighborhood, best part of the trip. Mostly because I’m almost bloody home and I can practically taste the air conditioning waiting for me. Not that you can tell how much fun I just had, from this picture I took upon finally getting to my apartment..
I sincerely hope last Thursday isn’t the only time this summer I bike to or from work. I have high hopes for making it out on the bike at least once this week (except NOT Thursday, ever again. Biking an hour and then going to kickboxing for an hour is a really.bad.idea).