This started as a combined intermediate/advanced, then Jesse and I split off and made an intermediate skate of it.
We had an office picnic (outside, in October!) so in the spirit of that adventurousness, I decided to skate there. Part of the route is on the Capital Crescent Trail, so I’ve done that before. Then there is a (supposedly) continuous bike path along MacArthur up to Clara Barton. It turned out to be a bit more adventuresome than Google Streetview indicated, because they were re-working the paving in numerous places. It turned out okay. I forgot to start the video until I was in the Georgetown waterfront, so a few minutes from Foggy Bottom to the Watergate and down Virginia Avenue are missing.
Here’s the route:
This was an interesting skate since we were testing a new FNS route and making things up as we went along. It was fun skating the National Mall during the government shutdown since there were roads that were closed to car traffic.
This was my first intermediate skate in a while. At the start I decided not to shoot video, but when we ended up under a large freeway interchange, the urban landscape was too unusual to resist. I have no idea where that starts, and then we went places I’ve never seen.
We skated from the White House to Bethesda and back. This is the video of just the return trip from Bethesda to DC. I stopped just short of the White House at the Foggy Bottom Metro station because, blister. But this gives anyone considering the skate a sense of the setting and distance. It was a holiday weekend so the trail was probably busier than usual, but wasn’t too bad.
I’m calling this a sub-intermediate skate since it’s mostly a trail skate with gentle inclines and low exposure to car traffic. It’s not a beginner skate because of the distance, and there is a skill level needed to control speed and maneuver around pedestrians in a narrow track.
Jesse, Jon and Bill were also on the skate. Jon and Bill left Bethesda via a different route back.
This is the skate route from Arena Stage, near where I live, to Hains Point and back. I did three laps, but through the magic of video editing this video shows just one lap.
My first, and probably last, attempt to skate in Rock Creek Park. While the setting is great, the pavement is awful for skating. There is actually more video because I skated in from the Silver Spring Metro and then made a wrong turn at the entrance and went north to East-West Highway before realizing that I wasn’t in Kansas any more. This video starts at the north entrance into the closed section of road, and goes south to Lot 6 where the Saturday morning skate lessons were happening.
Here’s the route, including the mis-adventure:
Another skate to work video. Slightly different route to avoid the cobblestones on 4th just south of Pennslyvania.
This is the first time I skated to work. I need to find a way to carry my office clothes since skating home in them in the heat isn’t really an option.
Here’s the route: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6001519
This starts on K Street outside my workplace as I skate to the White House, then picks up as we skate the National Mall and Hains Point. I usually get left behind on the leg from the White House to the Capitol, but then stay with the group most of the rest of the time. For me, the downhill from the White House to Pennsylvania is simply too dangerous to do at any speed since there are pedestrians ready to step into the path at any moment.