One of my favorite things to do in a city is just walk down the street, enjoying the neighborhood and whatever comes across my path. Walking through Georgetown on “O” Street, I saw the Mansion, a museum, and spent a few hours exploring it. Not free, but the $30 fee was worth it. Also are photos of the neighborhood. Enjoy!
Taking the morning at a bike shop to get new brake cables, one had broken and the other was nearly there, I also picked out new bike gloves. Then I cycled on USBike Route 1 through Occoquan, past the old Chinn farm, which is now a huge shopping mall, to the Metro Station in Franconia and took the Metro into Washington DC where I spent three nights at the Hamilton Hotel so I could see the fireworks on the Fourth of July. One reason I like riding my bike is to stop and enjoy the local history, which had a huge impact on our nation. It was fascinating.
I got off the Metro at the Arlington Cemetery stop (I have been to the cemetery a couple of times) and cycled across the Potomac River on the Arlington Memorial Bridge, around the Lincoln Memorial, along the Mall and left on 14th Street to my hotel. It was about 36 miles of leisurely cycling, including a break for a slice of apple pie in Occoquan.
Home for four months in Prince William Forest Park, Virginia is in this cabin campground, 32 miles south of Washington DC. My job description is to check in and out groups. So far there has been a wedding and a father-son night. Usually group are booked back to back, but with the pandemic, things are slow. Also, I walk through the buildings and grounds every day. My house is a two bedroom cabin furnished by the National Park Service. It has all amenities, with air conditioning and laundry nearby. For transportation, I only have my bicycle and it is a hilly six miles, one way, to get groceries or use WiFi. But the ride is through the park, mostly shaded, and little traffic and I only go once or twice a week. It is great to be here and living in the forest. These are photos of my cabin, with my John Deere Gator parked on front, which is for use only around the campground.
From Chicago I took the train to Manassas, Virginia, where I spent two nights at a lovely BnB. I cycled to Manassas Battlefield, where the first shots of the civil war were fired. That evening the BnB hosted their usual volleyball game and potluck and invited me to join them. It was great fun.
From West Glacier Park train station I took the train to Chicago and spent one night near Lake Michigan. Since my train didn’t depart until 5:45 pm, I had a whole day to explore on foot and cycle the Lake Shore Trail along Lake Michigan. The weather was wonderful, not windy but sunny and warm.
Now available at Tsunami Bookstore and Market of Choice on 29th St. $9.99.
August 31 to September 18, 2020, I cycled in Oregon. When the smoke from forest fires got too intense, I went home to Eugene, loaded my bike in my car and cycled and drove in Oregon and Idaho. Enjoy my sketchbook diary!