I come back to the Tour de DCPL every year because I think libraries are important to highlight, and because the route always changes. Really, you should do this ride. You get to explore different parts of DC and you get to visit libraries. What’s not to like?
My theme, like last time, is teaneuring. Quite by accident, most of the drinks were cold because it was unseasonably warm where I live. And I took full advantage of the new rule which allowed for trips anytime during the week!
Let’s get to it!
I wanted to take a sneak peek of the newly completed part of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail near Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens before the official opening tomorrow. It was a warm and gorgeous day– perfect for riding. There were already groups on the trail even as crews were putting the finishing touches.
It’s a beautiful trail. There is plenty of signage, although I would have liked to have seen one closer to home. It is simply fantastic to ride along the water and wetlands. The new segment that goes through the Kenilworth area has a bridge that follows the river. It reminded me a little of the Big Slackwater area of the C&O Canal.
I’m looking forward to using this trail as a commuting route, which will be helpful when WMATA’s SafeTrack comes to the area.
Here is my Flickr set.
This is my third year doing the Tour de DCPL. This ride continues to have appeal for me because it’s a ride that highlights libraries in the area, and the locations change every year.
This year, we went to a couple of libraries outside the DC Public Library system, in nearby Montgomery County, Maryland. We started at the Takoma Park (DC) branch, the oldest in the DCPL system. We then made our way to the Juanita E. Thornton Shepherd Park library, and received a special police escort to the Takoma Park (MD) Library in the town’s community center. We took the scenic Sligo Creek Trail over to the newly built Silver Spring Library.
- All of my rides were either commutes or running errands.
- I biked to work more times this year (5 times, compared to only twice last year).
- I managed not to get majorly sick this time, which is a plus.
- The studded tires mostly worked. Putting them on was a pain- I ripped my hands on the studs, and messed up my derailleurs. Riding on them when there was no snow/ice on the ground was not pleasant, either. If I use them again, I would either put them on a winter beater bike or buy separate wheels for them so that I can put them on my bike more easily.
- Wearing a mask did help on the really cold days.
- MG wrote up a very nice interview.
- I didn’t enjoy my experience nearly as much as I did last year, though. I will likely not participate again. I will, as always, keep riding throughout the winter.
I took photos on Instagram. I’m particularly proud of the shots I took that chronicled the lengthening of the days.
For the month of December, I biked 104.39 miles in 19 days. I also ran 8 times for 22.99 miles.
For 2015, I biked 1313.36 miles over 212 days. On average, I biked 16.8 days a month. The months when I rode the most days were January, October, and August, with 23 days each. The month I rode the most miles was August, with 169.48 miles.
I’ve been more socially active off the bike than on. I continue to commute on the bike, and I continue to run because I enjoy it. I’ve signed up for Freezing Saddles again this year, just for the hell of it.
I haven’t been blogging much, more for lack of desire than lack of content. My average life span for a blog (of which this one is my fourth, by the way) is about 5 years, so I think this one has run its course. I’ll check in again when the spirit moves me, but I’ll be mostly around elsewhere.
Best wishes to you all in 2016. Peace.
For the month of November, I biked 72.78 miles in 18 days. I also ran 11 times for 31.86 miles, which included two 5K races.
Next up, the year and blog in review.