[RSVPs OPEN] Beginner Level: "Pre-Peak" Cherry Blossom Ride 2019

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Shirlington Library

4200 Campbell Avenue · Arlington, VA

How to find us

We will meet in front of the Shirlington Library by the fountain.

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Details

Ride: Saturday March 30th @ 10:30 am.

NPS has changed the peak bloom date to April 1st. With temperatures for Saturday March 30th being in the 70's, let's go ride down to the Tidal Basin and check them out!!

NPS says "At a minimum, you can expect a beautiful sight for at least a few days before the peak bloom date and at least a few days after. Sometimes they can be out for a couple of weeks."

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Summary:
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* Saturday March 30th @ Shirlington Library
* Arrive @ 10:30 am
* Pre-Ride Preparation @ 10:45 am
* Ride begins @ 11:00am

* Approximately 12 miles round trip.
* 1 Hour (APPROX) wandering time at the Cherry Blossoms.

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The Ride Description:
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Come join us for a leisurely ride to enjoy the 2019 Cherry Blossom season. The ride will begin at the Shirlington Library where we will take the 4 Mile Run Trail to connect to the Mt. Vernon Trail. We will then head north and make our first traditional "brief" regrouping stop at Gravelly Point (to see the planes take off or land). We will then continue north again and cross the 14th St. bridge (George Mason Bridge) to the Jefferson Memorial. Once at the Memorial we will be locking our bike up on the fence next to the walkways (Please bring a lock, very important).

We will hang out for an hour (APPROX) which will give everyone time to walk around the Jefferson and FDR memorials Tidal Basin area and take pictures.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTES:
1) Bring a bike lock.
2) Bring a camera.
3) Bring a snack.

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The Bloom
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http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/about/bloom-watch/
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/cherryblossom/bloom-watch.htm
https://cherryblossomwatch.com/

Peak Bloom Predication Dates:
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2019:
03/06/2019
* NPS : Predicts Peak Bloom : April 3-6
* CWG : Predicts Peak Bloom : April[masked]/26/2019
* NPS : Predicts Peak Bloom : April 1
* CWG : Predicts Peak Bloom : April 1-5
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2018:
03/01/2018
* NPS : Predicts Peak Bloom : March 17 – 20
* CWG : Predicts Peak Bloom : March 23 and 27
03/12/2018
* NPS : Predicts Peak Bloom : March 27-31
* CWG : Predicts Peak Bloom : March 30 - April 3
Actual Peak Ploom - 04/05/18
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2017:
03/01/2017
* NPS : Predicts Peak Bloom : March 14-17
* CWG : Predicts Peak Bloom : March[masked]/08/2017
* NPS : Predicts Peak Bloom : March 19-22
* CWG : Still Predicts Peak Bloom : March 15-19
Actual Peak Bloom - 03/25/17 (half died)
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2016:
03/03/2016
* NPS : 2016 Peak Bloom Predication Dates: March 31st - April 3rd
03/09/2016
* NPS : 2016 Peak Bloom Predication Dates: March 18 – March 23
* CWG : 2016 Peak Bloom Predication Dates: March 24 - March 28
03/16/2016
* NPS : 2016 Peak Bloom Predication Dates: March 23 - March 24
Actual Peak Bloom - 03/25/16
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2015 Peak Bloom Prediction on March 3 : April 11 –[masked] Peak Bloom - Never Fluctuated.
2015 Peak Bloom - 04/10/15
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2014 Peak Bloom Prediction on March 3 : April[masked] Updated Prediction on March 27 : April[masked] Peak Bloom - 04/10/14
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2013 Peak Bloom Prediction on March 4: March[masked] Updated Prediction on March 19: April 3 – April[masked] Updated Prediction on April 05: April 6 – April[masked] Peak Bloom - - 04/09/13

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The Meeting Spot:
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Shirlington Library
4200 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA

We will meet in front of the Shirlington Library by the fountains. There is plenty of parking available in the parking garages (all free on the weekends).

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The Ride after the Ride:
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Damn Good Burger Co.
4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA[masked]https://www.damngoodburgerco.com/

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Ride Level Chart
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A note about our ride levels. We try to accommodate all levels of cyclists with different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best.

* Introductory Level : If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years (or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle).
* Beginner Level : If you can easily ride your bike for 10 miles (distance) with some minor hills at a comfortable pace (10+ to 12+ mph).
* Medium Level : If you can do 20 miles pretty easily at a moderate pace (13 to 15+ mph)
* Advanced Level : If you can do 20++ miles easily at a 15+ pace and / or handle various challenges as rain, night riding, or other odd cycling situations.

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The Fine Print:
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An RSVP of 'YES' is your digital signature and means you have read and understood MEETUP.com's "Terms of Service : Section 6. Release " found at https://www.meetup.com/terms/ and NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found @ https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/pages/1942951/NOVA-CBG_Waiver/.

Remember that helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. NO Helmet, NO ride, NO exceptions. All riders ride at their own risk and with the understanding that cycling is an inherently dangerous activity. When coming to the meetup you do so voluntarily and are ready and able to participate in the ride as described under the conditions of the day.

Be on time for the "pre-ride" preparation. We will also talk through the route for the day and review basic safety instruction for group riding as well as other important topics. If you do not attend the pre-ride preparation, you will not be allowed to participate on the ride, NO exceptions.