Friday, May 11, 2018

Eight Hundred Eleven

May 11, 2018
20.43 Miles (Biked) in 1:56:57
Mood: Returning to an old friend.
Soundtrack: Band of Horses "Cease to Begin"

Today was the first day that I truly took FULL advantage of the range available on a bicycle. Rather than just staying mostly on the Highline Canal and points that are great, but also mostly close to home, I decided to head north and see if I could get to Wash Park and back in a reasonable amount of time. Turns out, yes I can! It was a little surreal to begin my exercise morning at home, make it to Wash Park, and then make it back home again. I have definitely never done that before. My biggest mistake of the morning was not realizing until I was about 3/4ths of the way around the park that bikes are supposed to circle the park in a counterclockwise motion only, and I did my entire lap around the park straight up clockwise. Live and learn, I guess.

I hadn't been to Wash Park in almost a month, and I guess I just missed it. The Pelicans that arrive in the summer are there right now, hanging out at Grasmere Lake. (They are in the picture above, though a little hard to see.) There was also something very satisfying about achieving 20 miles traveled for first time and still getting back home with time to spare.

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