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    A note from Papillon Cycles' Arlington Loop Ride this morning (which was wonderful, btw): We stopped for rest and relief at Gravelly Point during our ride, only to find the 4 porta-potties were, um, filled to the brim with sewage. Pretty grim, and a good test of desperation. I provided comic relief to my fellow riders by almost barfing on the aroma. We "went" elsewhere on the journey.

    It is nice of someone to provide these on the trial, but they do need to be cleaned on some regular basis. Who do we raise hell with?

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    FYI: For clean facilities your best bet is to go to Nat'l Airport, Crystal City, the marina located on the trail, Old Town (Torpedo Factory), or NPS facilities located under the Wilson Bridge.

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    Some swim coaches include what is known as hypoxic training sets. The swimmers practice swimming more strokes before breathing, the idea being that you are developing your lung strength. I don't know if that's really possible, but many coaches still hold to this practice.

    Anyway, every time I pass those porta-potties, I prepare myself by holding my breath before I reach the Miasma Zone and continue holding my breath until I've passed the dark cloud. I always think of it as hypoxic training on the bike!

    Maybe there's something to hypoxic swim training. I can hold my breath for much longer than I could six years ago (when I was first starting to bike as an adult and when I started training for triathlons). I can make it past the porta-potties at a slow speed (because of all the pedestrians), holding my breath and without gasping for air.


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    There were plans to move the porta-potties and the pedestrian path away from a separated bike path. Or the path would be widened through Gravelly Point. However, nothing has happened with these plans for nearly two years. I don't know if the Gravelly Point project will ever get underway.

    http://www.arlnow.com/2012/05/30/cha...t-roaches-run/

    http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectH...rojectID=23571

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    If you have a smart phone, just use Google Maps(or Google.com if using non-Android phone), search for "grocery stores" or "department stores", then "Get Direction", then choose the bike symbol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post
    FYI: For clean facilities your best bet is to go to Nat'l Airport, Crystal City, the marina located on the trail, Old Town (Torpedo Factory), or NPS facilities located under the Wilson Bridge.
    Or, on this day, the Harris Teeter at S. Glebe & Jeff-Davis Hwy. (Unexpected benefit of the Four Mile Run detour)

    So... this was not an anomaly, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starduster View Post

    So... this was not an anomaly, huh?
    I've ridden back and forth past them for years without ever being tempted to stop as the smell is enough of an argument against for me. Until one day last summer I was desperate and needed to. I opened up the first one and looked inside and decided I wasn't really that desperate after all.

    Not an anomaly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PotomacCyclist View Post
    Some swim coaches include what is known as hypoxic training sets. The swimmers practice swimming more strokes before breathing, the idea being that you are developing your lung strength. I don't know if that's really possible, but many coaches still hold to this practice.

    Anyway, every time I pass those porta-potties, I prepare myself by holding my breath before I reach the Miasma Zone and continue holding my breath until I've passed the dark cloud. I always think of it as hypoxic training on the bike!

    Maybe there's something to hypoxic swim training. I can hold my breath for much longer than I could six years ago (when I was first starting to bike as an adult and when I started training for triathlons). I can make it past the porta-potties at a slow speed (because of all the pedestrians), holding my breath and without gasping for air.


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    There were plans to move the porta-potties and the pedestrian path away from a separated bike path. Or the path would be widened through Gravelly Point. However, nothing has happened with these plans for nearly two years. I don't know if the Gravelly Point project will ever get underway.

    http://www.arlnow.com/2012/05/30/cha...t-roaches-run/

    http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectH...rojectID=23571
    Thank you for the links. Good to know that someone has at least tried to address this, including the safety of the runway section of the trail. My least favorite part- NO protection for a falling rider from parkway traffic at speed (supposed to be 40 mph- but we know better...)

    So, Gravelly Point is NPS. Has anyone here already tried complaining to them about the health issue?

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    Heading south from 14th St. Bridge towards the airpart yesterday...for a moment, the smell of bar-b-que was really nice...and then it was sewage bar-b-que. And that was a couple hundred yards up the river from the porta-potties, so I stopped using my nose. The combination of good food smell plus...that...made it so much worse.

    :/

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    Probably related to the FIVE MILLION GALLONS of sewage that spilled into the Potomac River on Wednesday. Yikes!

    http://dcist.com/2014/05/five_millio...ewage_spil.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starduster View Post
    Or, on this day, the Harris Teeter at S. Glebe & Jeff-Davis Hwy. (Unexpected benefit of the Four Mile Run detour)

    So... this was not an anomaly, huh?
    Well, the irony there is that the very same Harris Teeter was also filled to the brim with untreated sewage waste a few years ago (two, maybe?) and they just re-opened. .

    There is also a ton of trash there this morning, but that's always the case following nice weekends in the spring/summer/fall. I think they empty those on a monthly basis or at least that's about as much as I've ever seen their septic tanks. I just go further down south of OT at the marina or visit the woods.

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