By consensus of the riders on last Sunday's ride, we've sketched a schedule for rides for the rest of March:
-Sunday, March 11, 1pm To DC for lunch (we usually get lunch at Eastern Market) and a lap or two at Hains Point. Return to shop by about 5 or 5:30pm.
-Tuesday, March 20, 12pm Tim Johnson ride to DC. The shop is planning to have a hospitality tent and goodies for the long-distance riders and people who want to join the ride from College Park to DC. Return to the shop probably by around 4 or 4:30pm. Check Dirt's Tim Johnson ride thread for any last minute changes or timing updates.
-Saturday, March 24, 10am (tentative) This ride will be to the tidal basin to see the Cherry Blossoms. Date/time tentative depending on when the flowers are expected to peak. We'll get lunch somewhere before the ride home (suggestions welcome).
-Saturday, March 31, 10am (tentative) This ride will be to the Blossom kite festival on the Mall. Lunch somewhere.
These rides start and end at Proteus bikes in College Park, although sometimes people join in at various points or just do segments. These rides are not supported (Metrorail is our support vehicle), but they are guided. Sometimes we split into faster or slower groups, no one is dropped. And if you do make it back to the shop, the prize is my (Greenbelt's) famous mega-calorie double oatmeal dark chocolate chip raisin walnut cookies. Feel free to join up with us!
From downtown DC, I take the MBT to Monroe Street Bridge (bike lane)
Left at 12th (sharrows) and right at Newton (bike route)
Left at 18th, and right at Varnum (bike routes)
Cross Eastern Ave and the road becomes Arundel Road (bike route, bumpy road -- beware unmarked speedbumps)
Jog one block to the right at 34th street (otherwise you'd be on a one-way Allison Street going the wrong way)
Left at 38th Street, over the bridge, and right on the NW branch trail
Cross Rhode Island at the crosswalk/trail alongside Armentrout Road (beware the construction/cyclocross challenge)
Down the ramp and up the NE Branch Trail to Lake Artemesia
Pick up the Paint Branch Trail at Lake Artemesia and go under the CSX track.
Take the College Park Trolley Trail/Rhode Island Ave (bike lane, sort of) across University Blvd (not a pleasant intersection)
Cross left to the outer road alongside Rhode Island
Left on Erie Street up the hill to the bike shop (Route 1 at Erie)
And here are directions from U of Md: Take the Paint Branch trail north from the campus (near the Comcast center). The trail goes under University Blvd and around the Paint Branch golf course. After the golf course, there's a spur off to the right that goes up to Route 1 near the bike shop, and there's a new traffic light to cross over at Hollywood Road.
Here are video directions to the shop from the Greenbelt Metro:
Last edited by bikenurse; 03-05-2012 at 10:19 PM.
Reason: This is Greenbelt on mllnpwhatever's (aka Lady aero-bars) account
Here are some video clips from last Sunday's ride. For the uninitiated, these clips are pretty dull and feature choppy amateurish editing. They are best viewed with no sound (unless you like to listen to squealing brakes)! But you can skip around to get a flavor of the scenery and ride tempo. I tried to attack on the upwind leg at Hains Point when people slowed for the intersection, but Jack (on the track bike with the lock around his butt) caught me on the downwind leg!
The weather radar looks really bad, so I think we'll cancel today's ride to Hains Point. It doesn't look like there's any way we'd get downtown before getting drenched. I'll ride over to the shop anyways and see if anybody shows up -- maybe we could take a short ride in the area before the rain. But if you want to see the blossoms, get in your car right away before the heavy rain brings them down later this morning! We'll try again next Saturday at 10am for the Kite Festival. -Jeff
Looks like we're on for Saturday's ride to the Mall for the Blossom kite fest. We'll leave the New Deal cafe at 9:30, Proteus at 10am, get down to the Mall around 11:30 or so. Probably get some lunch around 12:30 or 1pm and head back. Should be a great day -- right now they're saying 60s and sunny, with slight chance of showers. Sun showers, hopefully.
Kite Festival Highlights
•A custom kite arch constructed of 100 handmade small pink kites, organized by the Maryland Kite Society, provide a gorgeous focal point to open the day
•Displays of hand-made kites
•Flight demonstrations by Master kitemakers from across the U.S. and other countries
•The Hot Tricks Shootout is a stunt kite flying competition. Pairs of fliers compete against each other to see who can do the most interesting tricks in a 30 second countdown. At the end of each 30-second segment, the flier changes and every 3 minutes a winner is determined for each round. Winners of each of the rounds stay in the competition and the flier who is left at the end of all rounds is the winner of the event.
•The Rokkaku Battle is held at the end of the day when individuals or teams try to cut or ground the other kites. The last kite in the sky wins the contest.
Schedule of Events
•10:30-10:40am - Opening Remarks, First launch of the Centennial Blossom Kite Arch
•10:40-11:00am - Kite Ballets & Demonstrations
•11:00am-12:30pm - Adult Kite Maker Competition (Hand-made kites only)
•12:30-1:00pm - Kite Ballets & Demonstrations
•1:00-1:30pm - Youth Kite Maker Competition (Hand-made kites only)
•1:30-2:30pm - Hot Tricks Showdown
•2:30-3:00pm - Mini Rokkaku Battle
•3:00-4:00pm - Rokkaku Battle
•4:00-4:30pm - Centennial Blossom Kite Arch & Themed Kites
Note: The schedule is subject to change depending on the weather.