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Sunday Leisure Ride

This ride is geared for every type of rider, but is especially sensitive to beginners.  We will sustain a 10 mph pace.

In short, this is four-rides-in-one, so you can choose to ride the distance that matches your fitness level.  The route is composed of four segments that total 38 miles; feel free to ride as few or as many segments as you like.  Alternately, feel free to join the ride at any of the segment "starting points" listed below.  Please indicate your starting point when you RSVP.

This is a leisurely-paced ride along generally flat, partially shaded, mostly car free trails between Bethesda, Georgetown, Shirlington, and East Potomac Park.  We will use the region's extensive network of trail systems (Capital Crescent, Custis, Four Mile Run, Mount Vernon, and Washington & Old Dominion) as we make our way between a state, a commonwealth, and a federal district.  View a map of the route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/261792813

Along the way, there will be plenty to see.  Sites include the Potomac River, Key Bridge, Georgetown, Kennedy Center, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, East Potomac Park, and National Airport.  The ride will also include a mid-ride snack break, time to talk about bike related topics, and ample camaraderie.  If you end up "overdoing it" and prefer to end your ride early, there are Metro stations along the way: Rosslyn, Ballston, National Airport, Crystal City, and Bethesda.

Segments and Departure Times

Bethesda to Georgetown (7.5 miles) -- departs Bethesda promptly at 9:00

Georgetown to Shirlington (11 miles) -- depart Georgetown promptly at 10:00

Shirlington to East Potomac Park (7 miles) -- departs Shirlington promptly at 11:30 (to allow for a smoothie snack at Robek's)

East Potomac Park to Bethesda (12.5 miles) -- departs East Potomac Park promptly at 12:30

There are public restrooms at Shirlington (public library) and East Potomac Park (golf club house).  All locations have shops with beverages, snacks, and restrooms.

Segment Starting Points

Bethesda Lane pedestrian courtyard in front of restaurant/bakery Le Pain Quotidien (7140 Bethesda Ln, Bethesda MD 20814); parking options

Georgetown Waterfront Park's water fountain near the intersection of K St. and Wisconsin Ave., NW; beneath Whitehurst Fwy (3200 K St., NW, Washington DC 20007)

Shirlington pedestrian plaza in front of the Signature Theatre and public library (4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington VA 22206)

East Potomac Park Golf Course's club house (972 Ohio Dr., SW, Washington DC 20024)

Important Notes: HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION; no one will be left behind; water, photo ID, spare tube, and bike locks are highly recommended; the ride will be cancelled or postponed if the Weather Channel iOS app calls for 50% chance of rain two hours before the ride's start time; please contact me via Meetup if you have any questions.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't get on my bike but great company and margaritas post ride. Not sure why I've been riding all this time. :-)

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Colin for organizing the ride!! It was a great day to ride and I had the chance to ride on a new trail (W&OD) :)

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to all for good ride and fun company today! By the way, it's not all downhill to DC, even if it looks like I'm heading south. Someone put a few hills in Wisconsin Ave.

    2 · August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Christina for all your help today!!

      August 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Couldn't have done it without your help Christina ;)

      1 · August 12, 2013

  • Peggy

    It lots of fun. Nice folks...! Thanks for leading Coliin!

    August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was my pleasure Peggy.

      August 11, 2013

  • Chip

    Colin, thanks again for organizing. When I said that I was overdressed, I meant to say that I needed to learn how to relax. You, know… Lace on the Chuck Taylors, excavate the Schwinn Super Delux Crusier from the garage, and rediscover the simple joy of locomotion on two wheels… Thanks again!

    1 · August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Glad you joined and had a good time

      August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cheers to Heidi and Ted for also helping lead our big group in taking over the trails!

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Best ride I never ride:)

    1 · August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      *rode

      August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      My sentiments exactly!

      August 11, 2013

  • Caitlin

    Thanks for a nice ride! I'm excited to meet and re-meet everyone next weekend

    August 11, 2013

  • vicky

    Beautiful day, thks everyone!

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the strong turn-out for today's ride. I hope everyone had a good time.

    2 · August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun ride today with a good group of riders. Thanks for organizing Colin and Christina.

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry we couldn't stay for food but thank you everyone for a great first ride with this group! See you next Saturday

    August 11, 2013

    • Will

      See you next time!

      August 11, 2013

  • vicky

    Are we stopping for food in Bethesda?

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey folks, for those starting in Georgetown, I'm wearing a green tshirt

    August 11, 2013

    • Danielle

      Wait for me and Erin she is procrastinating!

      1 · August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    will meet up with the group in georgetown

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bethesda

    August 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Better make that Georgetown. Running late for Bethesda

      August 11, 2013

  • Peggy

    Hi. I'm gonna try to make it. Last minute decision. Hope that's ok.

    August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Glad to have you join us... If you think you'll miss the Bethesda 9:00AM start, please meet us in Georgetown instead.

      August 11, 2013

  • Danielle

    Guys running late starting in G'town. Don't wait for me see you soon

    August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay...
      We don't leave Georgetown until 10; see you there!

      August 11, 2013

  • Terri

    After devoting all day yesterday to a ride, I am afraid I must be responsible today and do chores, etc. :( Have fun!

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Today's ride will proceed as scheduled. The weather should not be a problem today; per the Weather Channel's iOS app the chance of rain does not exceed 30% until 4:00PM, and is less than 30% until 1:00PM.

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bethesda

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    starting in Bethesda

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Georgetown

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    starting in Bethesda

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Update: starting in Georgetown.

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in...starting in Georgetown.

    August 10, 2013

  • Caitlin

    Changing my starting point to Georgetown.

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't make it to today's ride, so this is my "get back in good graces with JF" ride....

    August 10, 2013

  • Chip

    Starting in Georgetown

    August 10, 2013

  • Keith C.

    I'll be starting in Bethesda riding with several other High Wheelers, but we'll be starting at 6am. You might see us somewhere in your passings. You can't miss us... But YELL if you see us... Have a good ride you guys!

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will start at Georgetown

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will start in Bethesda

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute trip conflict. I'll catch you on another ride.

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm doing a very strenuous hike tom in the Skyline Drive, so depending on how tired I am, I might start in Georgetown...

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bethesda

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will start in Georgetown (not bethesda)

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Start in Georgetown.

    August 9, 2013

  • Jim B

    I plan to join the group in Georgetown.

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My hybrid has been jealous that I only use my road bike these days. I guess it's high time to take it out for a joy ride.

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll start in Bethesda and stay with you all the way! Looking forward to it.

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In the spirit of leisure ill meet you in GTown, but will follow you back to Bethesda

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Caitlin

    Starting in Bethesda... any suggestions on where to park?

    August 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm thinking of parking behind the farm woman's market and I'm pretty sure parking is free on Sundays

      August 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There is a large parking garage adjacent to Bethesda Row. Here's a link to a map: http://bethesdarow.co...­

      August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This means a killer ride on Saturday right ?

    1 · July 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've not experienced a butt crunching ride. This should be good.

      August 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can't speak for Saturday, but Sunday's ride will be "crunch free".

      August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I messed up on the date and showed up today. It was a lovely morning to ride to Georgetown and back. :-)

    1 · August 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I hope you still join us this Sunday.

      1 · August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My hybrid has been jealous that I only use my road bike these days. I guess it's high time to take it out for a joy ride.

    August 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      This ride is ideal for hybrid and city bikes.

      August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm starting in Tulsa...

    3 · August 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You are so hard core!

      August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I guess I'll ride the whole damn thing. And home afterwards.

    2 · August 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will be doing the same as you Christina.

      August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm starting in Bethesda too.

    August 4, 2013

  • Laura R

    Start in Bethesda

    August 3, 2013

  • Terri

    Starting in Bethesda

    August 3, 2013

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