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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer2U View Post
    I went and did loops tonight around the Navy Federal Credit Union in Vienna (4.8 mile circuit).
    I had no idea that credit union branch was that large (and I'm a member).

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    I had no idea that credit union branch was that large (and I'm a member).
    That's only the half of the sprawling campus. They also have a parking garage and a new construction site across the street which abuts the W&OD.

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    I don't think it's all NFCU. Follin Road has been torn up for 6+ months at this point. If they aren't constructing an entirely a new bunker for Congress...

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    Today's Google Doodle honors Frederick Douglass, whose autobiography provided a powerful boost to the cause of abolition of slavery in the 19th century. His exact birthdate is unknown but he celebrated it in February (Feb. 14).

    I rode by the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site a couple weeks ago, pre-Snowzilla. It's located in the Historic Anacostia neighborhood. (Anacostia is only one of the neighborhoods East of the River, although some mistakenly call the entire EOTR area Anacostia. That's sort of like saying Georgetown to mean all of Northwest DC west of Rock Creek Park.)

    Douglass was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where he lived in enslavement. After learning to read and write, he became an avid reader and a teacher to other slaves. His master sent him to a notorious "slave-breaker" who beat him severely in an attempt to "break" him. The teenage Douglass fought back and the beatings stopped. Eventually he escaped to NYC and then Massachusetts. He campaigned against slavery and was often attacked by slavery supporters. He traveled to Ireland and Great Britain, partly to avoid recapture and re-enslavement. He spoke in favor of women's rights during his time in Western New York (Rochester).

    After the Civil War, he campaigned against the rise of the KKK in the old Confederacy, which sought to restore white supremacy through violent means. President Grant helped to suppress the (original) KKK in the early 1870s.

    After his Rochester, NY house burned down (possibly from arson), he moved to Washington DC. He purchased property at Cedar Hill in what was known as Uniontown (now Historic Anacostia). This is the house that is now known as the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

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    It's located on W St SE, between 14th & 15th St., a few blocks from Martin Luther King Ave.

    I know Anacostia is frequently associated with crime, and there is some basis for that. But most of the violent crime takes place at night. For a cyclist or pedestrian, there is about as much cause to worry about an aggressive or inattentive car driver in a "safe" neighborhood. That is, it pays to be smart and aware in any neighborhood.
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    When Frederick Douglass moved to DC, he also bought the houses at 2000-2004 17th Street NW (17th & U) as a real-estate investment. His son lived in one of the houses for 31 years, until his death in 1908.

    I believe the original houses are still there today. The corner building currently houses a small store, Hana Japanese Market.

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    https://www.culturaltourismdc.org/po...heritage-trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer2U View Post
    What a joy to be reunited with my road bike for the first time since Snowmaggedon. I went and did loops tonight around the Navy Federal Credit Union in Vienna (4.8 mile circuit).
    What's the loop? That sounds kinda fun...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Dan View Post
    What's the loop? That sounds kinda fun...
    Bikenetic did their Sunday ride there yesterday. Here's the route:
    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11648908

    Boomer is referring to the loop part outside the beltway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Dan View Post
    What's the loop? That sounds kinda fun...
    Here is the data from my Strava post of the Navy Federal Loop. It is the Wednesday night shop ride hosted by Freshbikes Mosaic in Merrifield VA. I first learned it from Dirt, when he used to lead the FB rides.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/483212690

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWL View Post
    Where's your Freezing Saddles Reflective Neon Green Bandtm?
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    I was not taking pictures on my ride yesterday so I went back over the basic route today to take photos of the iced over trail and stairs climbing up from the Dnieper River pedestrian bridge. Yesterday I ended up having to push the bike up the slope along side the stairs and then lift it over a wall at the top.

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    The ice on the main Dnieper channel has mostly broken up and floated down river, but there is still thick enough ice on one of the inlets and the Chertoriya channel for ice fishing.

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    As I got back to my neighborhood, I stopped for a coffee Americano at a Soviet era vintage coffee mini van.

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    I have only half as much grit coating the bike frame and drive train tonight as I had after yesterday's ride.
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