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    Default Papillon Cycles Monuments at Night Ride

    The bike shop on The Pike's night ride is back! Time to take in the Capital City when it glows at night! On two wheels. Saturday August 5. We roll out of Papillon Cycles at 7:00 PM and pass an additional pickup point for those who want a shorter journey at Lady Bird Johnson Park just off of the Mount Vernon Trail at 7:30 PM. There are dedicated parking spots just on the edge of Pentagon North Parking, and on the marina side, accessible from GW Parkway. From there, across the 14th St. Bridge, on a loop that covers Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial (walk-through, 4th Term to 1st), MLK Memorial, the DC WW I Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, WW II Memorial, and the Washington Monument, then back across the river.

    Estimated mileage 13.5, about 7.5 for those riding from Lady Bird Johnson Park, 2 hours or so at an easy pace. Here is a rough map of our route: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/2805...!1m0!3e1?hl=en

    And if there is consent, we can roll to the Capitol and back, along the Mall.

    Front and rear lights, and helmets, of course.

    For those interested, we will stop for libations on the Pike afterwards, location TBD.

    Of course there is a soundtrack for this event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhrTaOIl5iI

    Come join us!

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    Oh, the EventBrite listing: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/papillo...ts-36533503693
    Last edited by Starduster; 07-27-2017 at 09:35 AM.

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    I'm in (just registered)! I love to go on night rides/hikes amongst the monuments at night. The city can be quite peaceful and beautiful with the monuments all lit up.

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    on a loop that covers Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial (walk-through, 4th Term to 1st), MLK Memorial, the DC WW I Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, WW II Memorial, and the Washington Monument, then back across the river.
    Can we also visit the U.S. Institute of Peace (1 block north of the Lincoln Memorial) and the Americans Disabled for Life Memorial (opened in 2014; 1 block south of the U.S. Botanic Garden https://goo.gl/maps/1TdQZSEcSMN2)? I ask because they also look beautiful at night.

    Quote Originally Posted by Starduster View Post
    Estimated mileage 13.5, about 7.5 for those riding from Lady Bird Johnson Park, 2 hours or so at an easy pace. Here is a rough map of our route: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/2805...!1m0!3e1?hl=en
    Here's a shorter URL (in Google Maps, you can hit Menu -> Share or embed map -> Click the Short URL box) for your route: https://goo.gl/maps/sK2eroR4doG2 I can create one in Strava and/or MapMyRide if you'd like.

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    I can see a perfect opportunity for folks to get their bikes washed for charity, have some dinner, then hit this up. I'm just sayin'

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    We're a strong maybe. It will be a good test of the SO's broken, plated and then partially de-screwed wrist and the tandem. He rode his bike to work today for the first time since it happened late May (screw removal two weeks ago).

    I'm doing the Cumberland century earlier on Sat so hopefully I can stay awake.

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    I did a pre-ride of the route this morning, which included a special request for this ride, as well as the optional loop to the Capital (if everyone collectively wants to).

    Of note, the trail alongside Washington Blvd, over Jefferson Davis Highway- many of you remember that bridge as scary narrow, with dangerous shoulders and no protection from cars at speed. That section is currently being rebuilt, and the detour is much much much much much better. One less worry.

    And if anyone is coming from the Keenan Garvey Memorial Ride (or Kitty's Bike Wash party) and wants to put down a few more *easy* miles, come join us!

    We'll keep the shop lights on for you...

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    Since I didn't post pics from the ride, here are a couple that I took Saturday evening/night:

    (left) group at the start behind Papillon Cycles; (center) triple towers including a found empty wine bottle in LBJ Grove; (right) crossing 14th Street Bridge
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    (left) Dan representing Fairbault (Southern MN) at the Jefferson Memorial; (center) Gina third-wheeling with Glenn and George Mason; (right) full moon reflection over the Tidal Basin
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    (far left) DC War Memorial; (center left) inside the DC War Memorial; (center right) looking into the US Institute of Peace; (far right) WWII Fountain
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    (left) riding along the Mall; (center & right) at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
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    (left) glass reflection of the Capitol; (center) biking to the Supreme Court; (right) pausing for a shot of the Air Force Memorial as my compatriots bike up the hill with their red taillights in the distance
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    Me too!

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    Blinky lights at the Capitol and Supreme Court.

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