We set out from Jessica’s house and took 13th street to the Mall and admired the monuments once more. Our route took us down the Potomac. We passed the Kennedy center and the Watergate Hotel. In Georgetown, the sidewalk and bike path had recently flooded and were completely washed away – the Potomac had swallowed our way out of town. But, conveniently, there were 3 other bike tourists stuck there as well, along with a local cyclist who was giving them alternate directions. We figured out that we were all going the same place, so the local cyclist led all of us – awhile cycling posse of 7 or 8 – through Georgetown, down an old tow path beside the lock. It was weird and fun to imagine horses dragging things up the canal where we rode. After a few miles, the local cyclist asked us about ourselves. We found that he worked at the NIH for 30 years and was now a child psychologist. Cool! A few more miles, and the other tourists split off, headed down the C&O towpath to Pittsburg (David couldn’t stop talking about what a cool route that was but Hillary was like, no.). We shot off down the trail and passed through Bethesda, and kept getting more and more suburban. At lunch, we stopped at a pretty lake at the end of the bike path. We figured out that getting out of the city is always a slow process. We got into the Maryland countryside and discovered that it was hillier and more beautiful than expected. We rode a long time through small country towns and up and down the hills. As we descended a large hill toward the end of our ride, we realized that it was getting cold. The night turned out to be frigid, by the standards of Floridians. We got to our campsite at Patapsco, a state park in Baltimore suburbs, pretty late. It had been a long and hard day – getting adjusted back to riding after a long break in the city was hard. We fell asleep at 8, before it was completely dark, and awoke at 6:15, after the sun had risen. We never even saw the nighttime.

(Sorry, pictures are out of order a bit…)

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Washington from the top of 13th st

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A floridian on a chilly MAY morning

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a #rare Hillary and David #Selfie

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Hillary sizing up the Washington monument

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Kennedy Center

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the bike path… underground

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David’s friend. Thanks Hutch!

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Following the other tourists

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Jessica’s house

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