This morning, I had to go down to Washington DC for work. Since it wasn't going to be a full day, and since it looked so nice outside, I took my bike with me. And after work, I drove down to the National Mall, unlimbered it, and went for a bit of a ride.
Here's the Washington Monument. At 555 feet, 5 and an eighth inches tall, it's the tallest structure in the District. Alas, it's still closed following the earthquake that shook it up last year.
Going east, here's the Smithsonian Castle, the original Smithsonian Museum.
At the east end of the mall, past some renovation fencing, we have the United States Capitol.
Turning around, it was just a short ride up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.
Next came the World War Two Memorial, or as much as I could photograph with all of the people who seemed obsessed with getting into my shots.
Then it was west down the Reflecting Pool to the Lincoln Memorial, which was just packed full of tourists.
Cheese it! It's the cops!
Next I rode across Memorial Bridge to Arlington National Cemetery. Can't ride bikes inside, but I could stop and take this picture of the entrance, with the Robert E. Lee mansion atop the hill.
Next came a scenic view from the west side of the Potomac, looking back at the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the US Capitol all in a row.
This was on the way to the Iwo Jima Memorial, a monument that I truly love.
The detail is astounding.
I was going to ride across Key Bridge into Georgetown, but it was just too crowded for a bike, so after riding through downtown Arlington, I dipped back down the bike path along the George Washington Memorial Parkway and rode across the bridge to Theodore Roosevelt Island.
And lots of planes overhead, since we're in the approach path for Reagan National Airport.
Then it was back down the bike path to Memorial Bridge again, and eventually back to my truck.