Bike Ride: Rosslyn to Alexandria

15.23 miles; 64 minutes; 14.28mph; flat terrain

I had a great (slightly wet) ride this morning from Rosslyn/Key Bridge to Founders Park in Alexandria (map).

Of note:

  1. The boardwalk sections of the trail under Roosevelt Bridge and around the Potomac River Generating Station (PRGS) are indeed slippery when wet (I had no real incident, but a couple close calls).
  2. Cycling (and blogging about it) does actually get me to pay closer attention to my surroundings than metroing/driving.  I always thought of the PRGS as “that factory-looking thing where I used to live,” but I now know that it’s a 482 megawatt, coal-fired power plant smack in the middle of Alexandria.  I intend to do a little more research on it, and I’ll snap some pictures next time I’m down that way.  For now I’ll just say that I’m glad “they” put the bike trail along the river and not behind the plant (although my theory is that this was probably a concession to appease the public for the environmental impact of operating a coal plant in a residential area).
  3. I actually brought my camera for once!  Unfortunately, it was a relatively damp, foggy morning, but I did manage to get some shots:

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