View Full Version : Holiday Shopping Ride, Saturday Dec 15

12-11-2012, 12:10 PM
This Saturday, we're planning a repeat of last year's holiday shopping ride to DC's Eastern Market (http://www.easternmarket-dc.org/) and Downtown Holiday Market (http://www.downtownholidaymarket.com/). Note -- this is a great way to handle your gift shopping responsibilities without fighting traffic or parking at the malls (or spending yourself into bankruptcy on the unsupervised Internets).

We're leaving Proteus at 10am PST (proteus standard time, which usually runs about 15 minutes late), and expecting to roll into Eastern Market at about 11:45am for lunch and shopping. Then we'll head over to the DHM probably around 1pm or so for another hour or two of outdoor hunting and gathering, before heading back to College Park.

This was really fun last year, and the weather seems to be cooperating. I hope you can join us along the way or at the markets. (We'll be the dorky people pushing bikes around wearing hi-viz jackets.)

Here is the approximate route (note the bike-mapping software apps still assume the NE branch trail in PGC is closed, and they force the map to detour, when in fact the trails are now reopened and nicer than ever): http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1984727

We do a relaxed, no-drop pace, although we encourage riders to bring a farecard in case you wish to take the Metro back to College Park.


PS, here's a video clip from last year's ride:


Riley Casey
12-11-2012, 12:15 PM
This ride was great fun last year and really hit the spot for those special gifts. Glad you're bringing it around again.:o

12-11-2012, 05:20 PM
I have very fond memories of that ride. It was a lot of fun and Greenbelt is the absolute best at leading. Seems to me Eminva was involved last year too. It is a terrific opportunity to ride in DC if you don't usually do that. I learned a lot on that ride about riding on the streets downtown. The gifts at the DC market are unique, I found two bicycle t-shirts, one is even clean enough to wear in public but definitely not the one with the mustache in place of handlebars.

If you get cold, and I have a hard time keeping my core warm, there are buildings to escape into to warm up. I think I was in the National Portrait Gallery last year and found another exquisite gift shop.

If I weren't responsible for making sure no one breaks their neck in the moon bounce, I'd be there this year. But how could I possibly pass up the chance to play in a moon bounce in my backyard? Sacrifices have to be made. ;)

12-15-2012, 08:44 PM
Video from today came out a little bleached, I thought (maybe I should clean the lens?). What a fabulous day for a winter ride:


12-15-2012, 11:44 PM
Glad I could catch you all when you got back to the shop. Awesome to see a bike shop that's so focused on just being happy on a bike.