After spending time with my family Monday afternoon, I decided to go into the city. I’ve been going to
Washington as far back
as I can remember, and as a history buff I still can’t get enough of it. Since I had to be home sometime Monday night
to get to work yesterday morning, I knew I only had a short window to do a
I parked by the
and planned my adventure. While I was
standing there I took a photo of the . Arlington
It was then that I decided that the fastest way around town would be by bike.
They have an awesome bike share program in D.C., and I’ve used those bikes quite a few times now. I hopped on my rental bike and made sure to hit all the well-known stuff, starting with the Lincoln Memorial right across the road from where I parked.
Then I rode by the Vietnam Memorial.
It’s amazing how much you can see by bike.
In the background, you may have noticed that the
looks a little odd. They are in the process of repairing it,
mostly due to damage sustained from an earthquake. It’s closed off to visitors, but I was able
to get close enough to get a good photo. Washington Monument
From there, I headed up the road to
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. They have the coolest bike lanes there, and I
felt pretty safe (even though everyone there drives like shit.)
I rolled right up in front of the White House, and after having a short, friendly conversation with a uniformed Secret Service officer I got a pretty good photo.
I rode around the block (a very big block) to the back side and stopped to get a photo of the
And of course the south lawn of the White House.
After that, I had a bit of a ride. I rode across the National Mall, dodging tourists that weren’t paying attention and suicidal squirrels, eventually making it to the
. Capitol Building
Time was running out, so I started to head back to my truck. I stopped real quick at the
to capture a photo of the Jefferson Memorial, and noticed a helicopter in the
sky. Tidal Basin
I wonder if the President was on his way out or in. I guess that’s classified information. I’m sure I’ve already said too much.
I was close to where I parked, but I was seriously in danger of getting trapped in the city when everyone started going home. Although my rental bike wasn’t designed for off-road use, I took a short cut through a field to shave a few minutes off of my trip.
That whole tour took about thirty minutes. That’s it. Traveling by bike is quick in any city, but in a place like
you can see a little history even if you’re pressed for time. I don’t care about politics or any of that
crap, but I do love that city (and history of course.) Any chance I get to visit I will, even if
it’s only for a short time. I’d rather
have visited the area under better circumstances, but at least I enjoyed some
of my stay up there. Washington, D.C.
That’s a lot of stuff crammed into two days (including driving.) No wonder I’m still tired.