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Thread: March 2016 Road and Trail Conditions

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    Don't ya just love the way that the snow is predicted for after Freezing Saddles ends?

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    They've added a coat of paint to one side of Trollheim. Coupla cones marking the area, closing the right side going upriver just after the junction. Easy enough to see at 2:30, but don't know if they'll still be blocking it after dark, and it is crowded out there.
    Cones still there this AM. I wonder why NPS isn't painting the Trollheim curves as well? The more slippery the better, I would think.

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    The forecast is for less than an inch of snow in Arlington, DC and Alexandria on Sunday. But 1-3 inches in most of the VA and MD suburbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PotomacCyclist View Post
    The forecast is for less than an inch of snow in Arlington, DC and Alexandria on Sunday. But 1-3 inches in most of the VA and MD suburbs.
    Does Kyiv count as a suburb? We're in the 1 to 3 inches range for Sunday as well, carrying over into Monday. I've still got my studded tires on the Pugsley.

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    Dont go ANYWHERE near the cherry blossoms. Just dont do it. Pretty much the only safe bridges across the Potomac are the Wilson and Chain Bridge.

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    I'm sitting on my porch looking at blossoms, don't feel the need to go look at cars and crowds. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    Dont go ANYWHERE near the cherry blossoms. Just dont do it. Pretty much the only safe bridges across the Potomac are the Wilson and Chain Bridge.
    I'm seriously considering taking to the roadway on Key Bridge for the next couple of weeks. I think dancing among the cars may be safer than negotiating the oblivious pedestrian traffic on the sidewalks.

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    I actually rode over to the Tidal Basin yesterday during lunch. Of course it was very crowded. I rode on the streets more than I usually do there. In the stretches where I stayed on the sidewalk, I walked the CaBi bike, moving at about 0.25 mph. That's just life during peak bloom or near peak bloom. But it's still worth it to me.

    The blossoms didn't appear to be quite at peak bloom, which is defined as 70 percent of the Yoshino trees blossoming. It might be at 50-60 percent, so it's close. It was supposed to rain overnight. That may have blown away some of the existing blossoms, but maybe not.

    The streets are fine, but the pollen levels spiked noticeably yesterday. A couple weeks ago, I took a single 24-hr Claritin-D tablet but that was it. I've been OK in recent days, doing some evening riding on most days. But yesterday, if I didn't rinse off my face immediately after riding around, my eyes would start to burn badly because of the pollen. That may not be a road or trail condition, but it's definitely a riding condition.

    I'll probably be riding around more areas with cherry blossoms this weekend. I'll bring a water bottle. Not so much for drinking but mostly to rinse out my eyes every 30-60 minutes. The pollen is going to be bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PotomacCyclist View Post
    The pollen is going to be bad.
    I always thought if Virginia needed a new tourism slogan, they could use: "If you have a pollen allergy, you'll find it in Virginia."

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