Wednesday, September 30, 2009
A group of us, accompanied by the Danish Ambassador to the US, rode off the front, pushed it up the hills and flew down the descents. It was one of those rides that just make you smile.
As we made it to DC a few hours before the appointed meet up time for the ride up Constitution Avenue, the Ambassador took us by the Embassy for a little tour of his digs. We then joined back up with the group on the Georgetown waterfront, hid from one final downpour (a mini theme of the past five days) and pedalled down a normally auto-congested street along the famous "Mall" and all of its recognizable stone monuments.
(for an excellent visual wrap-up of the 5 days, check out official photographer Kip Pierson's 2 minute slide show here )
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Today was a day filled with more hills and more wind. Fortunately, it was also filled with sunshine. It could have been miserable out there had we received more of the rain we've been experiencing, but instead it was another day of stunning scenery and fantastic cycling. Ending up at an extremely comfortable retreat just outside of Baltimore helped cap a wonderful day and left everyone excited for tomorrow's ride into DC.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Wow, after four months of talking about an amazing ride from New York City to Washington, DC, that ride is finally here. And what a way to start. Check the luggage (I'm not carrying all my stuff for the first time in 16 weeks!), grab a Clif bar and head over to CBS to make our appearance on The Early Show before riding, 150 strong, down 5th Avenue -a good looking group if I do say so myself.
Everyone is so excited, so motivated, so happy that all the work (training, fundraising, planing, organizing - everybody has been doing something) they have put in is about to pay off. What a positive energy! It's going to be an incredible week.
After some wonderful food and a cold beer, we headed onto Princeton's amazing campus (looks even cooler at night if that's possible) to hear a couple excellent lectures - a scientist's view of climate change and an overview of what is happening up on Capitol Hill right now.
Unfortunately, the photos i enjoy taking so, won't be coming to this blog anytime soon. My little Canon point and shoot has finally given in - it made it all the way to NYC and then called it quits - kind of like Phiedipides (pardon the possible misspell) falling in Greece after making it to the end of his famous run. Fortunately there are lots of folks posting at www.climateride.org - check them out. (Thanks to Kip Pierson for this pic)