July 27, Day 56: Fredericksburg to WASHINGTON, DC! (60 miles)

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Stan seeing us off 7 miles from his house.

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20 mile mark snack.

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Ron. He suggested we take Highway 1 to D.C. because it was a more direct route and we’d have more time to explore the city. Against the advice of our maps we decided to brave the traffic and no shoulder and do it.

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At least there was shoulder some of the time. No scenery though.

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We got up on the sidewalk for a second. Matt wasn’t looking and biked into this block of wood.

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After this we got lost. Frustrating day.

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Finally on the bike path into D.C. It was so crowded and overwhelming. After riding in the country for so long we realized we hated bike paths.

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Going into D.C. with my shirt tucked in funny and dodging runners.

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I tried sweet talking the security guards into letting us bring our bikes up to take a picture. Although the answer was no, they picked a few bugs out of my hair. Man I’ve been outside for a long time.

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We asked if the president really lived in the White House. “This is the Capitol Building, sir.” Oops. How embarassing.

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Awesome bike paths. It’s a trip being in a big city.

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White House

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Javier and Oscar. We got lost trying to find the bike path to Bethesda, where we were going to stay with a family friend of Matt’s mom. These pedi-bike guys were really cool and helped us with directions. Javier offered us his place but we had already promised to be in Maryland.

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We rolled with them for a bit. So fun.

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Made veggie burger bagels with kale. So good.

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