I look at the calendar. It says “WINTER”. It is light out less than 12 hours. Saint Patrick’s Day is still a few days away.
I go outside. It says “MAY”. It was 80 degrees when I left the office today. Un-be-lievable.
I’ve been riding to work in shorts all week. Yougottabekiddingme.
The weather gods are messing with my head. Perhaps this is the work of Satin. Or Loki. Or the Sith, Or Vladimir Putin. Or Vlad the Impaler. Or a GOP presidential candidate.
Oh, well. Might as well enjoy it.
Last Sunday we set our clocks forward because we are too collectively stupid or stubborn to get up an hour earlier without deceiving ourselves. Now it is dark when I leave the house and light when I ride home.
I cope. The big benefit to this is seeing amazing sunrises over the Potomac River. Here’s yesterday’s. The buildings to the right are National Harbor. The people who built this monstrosity thought it was a big deal. The sun is more better, don’t you think.
|Repeat after me: Oooh. Aaaah.|
Just north of the power plant I came upon the marsh caused by some active beavers. The water level was so high here that, a few years ago, the National Park Service re-routed the Mount Vernon Trail to higher ground. Apparently the Park Service lost patience with our furry friends and pulled the plug on their bathtub. Now its just a big muddy mess with no waterfowl or beavers in sight.
|Somewhere there’s a mighty pissed off beaver.|
I received a check in the mail and wanted to cash it. My old office in DC was next to both of my banks. Neither have an office in Rosslyn where I now work. Hmmm. Lunch time. 75 degrees. Bike in the garage. A light bulb flashes. It’s time for Utilitaire Man! I put some straps on my pants and hopped aboard the Sequoia for a short jaunt into Georgetown. Without a helmet on I felt like some young urban bike hipster weaving in and out of traffic. I think the gray hair, bald spot and pot belly gave me away though. I got to the bank and lo and behold it had nifty bike parking next to the front door. As Wayne Campbell might say, “Excellent.”
|Bikin’ and Bankin’|
I grabbed a sandwich after my banking was done and soon re-discovered that Rosslyn’s Gateway Park near Key Bridge is an unpleasant eyesore. Hard to complain though. I was eating outdoors in my shirtsleeves in March!
The ride home from work was awesome. It was 80 degrees. I decided to divert from my normal route and cross Memorial Bridge into DC to check out the cherry blossoms. Peak bloom is still a few days away but they are still so, so pretty. I hope to get over again early next week. We’ll see.
|Blooms in East Potomac Park|
Back in Virginia, I took the Mount Vernon Trail home after re-crossing the Potomac on the 14th Street Bridge. As I passed the airport I spotted a plan coming in over Long Bridge Park and Roaches Run to the west of the airport. It crossed the trail just as I approached.
I am having way to much fun riding in this week. I rarely get to ride in all five days. And never in shorts in March. I’ve already logged 123 miles this week. Yikes. We’ll pay for this somehow. 100 degree, code red days. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Something wicked this way comes.