Saturday, October 04, 2008

When Fall Comes to Virginia

Yesterday the air had that crispness of Fall. The sky was perfectly blue. Not too hot. Not too cold. Not too windy. In fact, the perfect day for a bike ride by the river.

We got on the Mt. Vernon trail at the marina just south of the airport. The advantage of going on a weekday is you virtually have the trail to yourself. There were actually a few other bicyclists and walkers out enjoying the perfect Fall day, but there were long stretches with no one else.

It was such an odd feeling to ride under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, all 12 lanes of it. As we peacefully rode underneath it, I could only imagine the frenzied drivers above my head traveling at 60 mph or so.

The trail is quite well maintained. It stays fairly close to the Potomac River and goes through some beautiful marshy areas.

We stopped for lunch just past Dyke Marsh and sat at a lone picnic table looking out at the bridge and the river.

After about 7 or 8 miles as the trail started to get more hilly, we decided to turn around and retrace our steps. Or sort of retrace our steps. At one point we got on an alternate trail, so we got to see some new things going back.

The best news is we still seem to be just about perfectly matched in speed. We stayed together except for the times when I just had to stop and take a picture. There were a few of those yesterday.

It was the perfect day for a perfect ride.


Blogger Cyndy said...

Nice pictures! That does sound like a perfect day.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Cyndy -- I know this post sounds so perfectly sappy, but it was indeed a perfect day!

8:32 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Not sappy at all, at least my standards. (I do gush a lot.) It looks and reads like a beautiful day.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Kellyann Brown said...

What beautiful pictures! A perfect fall day! We had big clouds and rain last night for the first time in many months. That was perfect in my books. (ps. Mr. R. made it rain by washing the jeep)

11:29 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kristin -- And today looks like a carbon copy of yesterday.

Kelly -- You were probably glad to finally get the rain. Now you have a doubly clean Jeep!

11:34 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

This post makes me "homesick."

Finally we are getting cooler weather here. Only 86F today which is enormous improvement over the 100 and high 90's of the past 4 months!

Biking in this heat is obviously not an option but I do walk each morning early for about a mile.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kate -- You are back to being able to post comments under your name. Yay!

I do like the seasons and know I would miss them if I were to move to a more temperate climate.

But I'm sure you are discovering many wonderful things in the southwest!

1:08 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

What a great day! I'm glad you have your bikes coordinated so you can keep up with each other...

2:55 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Steve -- Yes, it is nice to sometimes be in the lead and not always dragging up the rear.

3:27 PM  
Blogger e said...

What a beautiful day to be outdoors.Thanks for sharing!

4:14 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

E -- The in-between days are always the best, just as summer slips into fall.

4:40 PM  
Blogger red dirt mule said...

ahhh .... this post says so much to me! a. that living where summer blends into a cooler night summer is still a torture to me, but more importantly b. a certain balance has entered your life that previously (i am speaking of mule ages ago when the reddish girl was around) you were straining so hard to achieve.

may all your days be so perfect!


8:17 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

RDM -- It's so nice to have you back. I hope your life is a little easier these days.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Ruth D~ said...

What a beautiful day for a bike ride and pictures. It doesn't look like fall as I know it in New England, but it is beautiful. I know what you mean about keeping the same pace until you stop to take pix. I always say, :Keep going. I'll catch up."

8:42 PM  
Blogger e said...

The pics are great. Thanks to you and yours for the MP3 recordings. I can play them from the mailbox. You are the best!

9:22 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

RuthD -- You took the words out of my mouth! As for fall, we are a month or so behind New England.

E -- So glad you can use the Hebrew recordings. Hope they put you at the head of the class!

10:12 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I am missing the Fall in the U.S. Actually, I want to see Fall in Minnesota, but your pics were lovely.

As you probably know, we just started Spring here. Although the nights have still been icy.

1:31 AM  
Blogger media concepts said...

Love those shots of the Wilson. I have only seen it once, from the MD side, on a grey rainy day, and it looked nothing like that!

3:49 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

i love those kinds of sharp, bright autumn days - sounds perfect!

(raining here at the moment...:-[ )

5:58 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Sara -- I'm so glad to have found you and all your "Gringuita" friends in Chile. I can live out my fantasies of being in Chile by reading your Blogs! My mouth is still watering for a Chilean empananda...

How do you know HomeimprovementNinja?

MC -- The new Wilson Bridge is indeed impressive, even more so from the bottom side!

Lettuce -- I'm sure our sunny days won't last forever. But a fall rain is often quite nice.

7:28 AM  
Blogger bulletholes said...

Man, I need a little Sap Solvent to get my screen cleaned!not!
I do sappier post than this!
We are finally getting some cooler days down here, and the good news?
My son found a job and I gave him my car and now I am back on the bike 100%!

2:28 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Bulletholes -- Congratulations to the Rip and to you. Is that bike as in bicycle?

2:44 PM  

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