Today was the Maker Faire so I decided to bike to it. It’s not a pretty or easy ride. I could have done half of it on the W&OD and it would have been prettier and easier, but 6 miles longer. I’m thinking about whether it would have been worth it.
For example, this is one of the intersections I had to cross. What would someone in a wheelchair do? And it’s not at an insignificant intersection! It’s near a grocery store (the only one in the area) and lots of multi-family housing. The corner I was standing on has a PARK on it – no one would be going there in a wheelchair or with a stroller, would they?
Worse, it’s very close to Fairfax County Department of Transportation, which makes visiting the Bike Coordinator Office a not-very pleasant biking opportunity.
I did see lots of people on bikes out. On the way over to George Mason University (where the Faire was) I saw a guy with two women. Their bikes were all loaded down with panniers, etc., but they weren’t touring. He was in spandex. The women asked if I knew where the trail continued (they were in a confusing spot). I started to answer and he said, “I know where we are.” I just smiled and pedaled on.
On the way back, some guys who were doing the FC Parkway Trail from south to north were at that same place and asked me how to get to the Parkway Trail. I told them and they listened and rode off happily. It’s one of the places where the trail goes away from the parkway in order to cross I-66 safely. It’s a little jog, and it has wayfinding signs, but getting through it can definitely depend on your attitude.
So the ride was just under 25 miles round trip with a fair amount of headwind and sidewind. But it was outside, it was on a bike, and there was no precipitation.
It’s very easy for me to focus on where I was prior to December vs. where I am now in terms of ease of riding. If I do, I get very discouraged. So I’m going to keep focusing on the horizon (necessary because of the double vision) and pedaling at whatever speed my body allows me to do so.
Now I need a nap.