Thursday, July 31, 2008

Biking

I know I've mentioned this before, but I've got no particular aversion to redundancy, so here goes:

I've started biking to work on occassion; pretty much whenever I don't need to wear a suit, I've got enough time to bike into the office, I don't have too many things to bring into or home from the office, there isn't anything going on after work, I've got enough energy, and it isn't rainy or too hot or too humid. So like three times.

But still.

It's about a five mile trip one-way, and it can be a really good workout. My bike is quite heavy, and so is its rider, so I get plenty of exercise. Throw in the fact that all of the little dips and rises seem to be just steep enough that they require a lot of work, but not so significant that the declines give me any momentum, and that makes for a good ride. And by "good" I mean "demanding". I'm sure most bikers would have no problem with this ride, or most reasonably fit people for that matter, but for me, personally, it seems to be an appropriate challenge.

One of the things I really like about biking to work is that most of the ride is along the Potomac, and it's quite pretty. There are usually ducks floating around on the water in the morning, and in the afternoon there are invariably geese on the path. Geese and their inveitable "accompanyments". I do my best to avoid that.

Today I got to see a heron. Or an egret. Identifying waterfoul isn't really my area of expertise. Come to think of it, that might just have been a funny looking bush. (Those have been common in D.C. for the past 7 years...)(rimshot!).

I also got to see a police boat pull someone over. I didn't see what the offender did that got them pulled over, but I did notice that they had tinted windows and an out of state license. My guess is the cops were just profiling.

And that's all I've got for this entry. Not stellar. But who are you to judge?

I wonder how well that line would work in court...

Fat bottomed girls they'll be riding today
So look out for those beauties oh yeah

2 comments:

Jeff said...

Welcome to the club, sir! Do you ride on that bit between the 14th Street bridge and the Roosevelt? Because I love that path...

Good choice of song quotes, by the way.

Mike said...

I've considered doing the whole biking-to-work thing, but my route is closer to 8 miles and, perhaps more to the point, includes the need to cross what Dateline NBC once dubbed "the most dangerous road in America". So I'm understandably hesitant. Also, my ride is far less scenic.