When I was packing to come up to D.C., I checked the weather and saw it was going to be especially gorgeous yesterday, on Saturday. I decided to throw my bike in the car and take advantage of the opportunity to hit up some DC trails!
I went out yesterday morning without any real thoughts on how far I wanted to go — I just figured I’d see how much time I had and how I felt! I ended up covering 20 miles — a new distance record for me for biking! Love that my Garmin watch has a “bike” setting in addition to a “run” setting!
I parked at Gravelly Point by the airport and took the Mt. Vernon trail 10 miles south, through Alexandria and just 2 miles shy of Mt. Vernon itself, then turned around and came back. It was a GORGEOUS ride! I wish Matt had been here to join!
The first 10 miles took me about an hour since I stopped and took photos and was enjoying the view; the way back was only about 50 minutes :)
I absolutely loved all the sailboats out and about. Water makes me happy.
The only part of the ride I didn’t like was when you have to go through the city of Alexandria and the trail kind of disappears and leaves you to bike through traffic for a mile or two. Boo!
But the section of trail between Alexandria south to Mt. Vernon is my absolute favorite, so it was worth it
I hadn’t biked on this trail in YEARS — and I’d only ever done it on my mountain bike. It felt much nicer yesterday on the road bike
You know what’s also way more awesome with a road bike? Taking off the wheel and putting it into your car. I did it in literally 3 minutes flat. With my road bike it used to take me at least 20 minutes and a lot of huffing and puffing because the bike was so heavy it was really hard to shove it into the car on my own!
After biking, I headed out to meet my friend Michelle for lunch at an old favorite in a new location — Sweetgreen, recently open in Ballston, VA!
If only this location had been open when I lived here after college — I used to live right in Ballston in a townhouse with friends!
I ordered my favorite — the Sabzi salad, which is a vegan salad of baby spinach/mixed greens, topped with spicy quinoa, white beans, raw beets, radish, basil, sprouts, dried cranberries, and a carrot chili vinaigrette. Plus avocado — yum!
Just as good as I remembered And great company, too!
After eating, Michelle and I took a nice long walk around the neighborhood, chatting away, and then returned to Sweetgreen because let’s be honest… you can’t go to Sweetgreen and not get their frozen yogurt :)
YUM! We shared a small topped with all sorts of berries and it was amazing. Best frozen yogurt, ever! Thanks for the fun lunch date, Michelle
I’m off to have lunch with Matt (he’s back from his trip!), then have afternoon tea at my grandmother’s with my mom for a little Mother’s Day fun Then it’s time to make the drive back to Chapel Hill later tonight, boo. The weekend was to short, as always.
Have a great day!