Monday, May 28, 2012

Marlborough Point Ride

Even a 100 mile a week, solitude, multimode, VRE train and bicycle commuter needs a ride with a friend. John was concerned with my Trek 1000 road bike (he rides a 20 year old Trek 300) and the miles I get in, but today (Memorial Day) wasn't about speed or miles covered. It was about a morning ride with a friend. And getting in some riding together in preparation of our next adventure, an overnight bike trip on the High Bridge Trail in Farmville, VA. And stopping at Revolutions Cycle in North Stafford to pick up my front wheel which was being trued. And, there was just a little bit of me hoping John would walk out with a new Trek or Raleigh, especially after he said, "let's buy a bike for me today".

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It's been a while since I've ridden the Brooke Road, Marlborough Point ride and the Point road was newly paved and very smooth. We parked at the Brooke Road VRE station and headed out. John commented on the amount of shade, saying "my kind of ride, Jay".

We took a water break at Aquia Landing and talked to a few fishermen. One had caught a nice size Largemouth Bass and a REALLY ugly Snakehead. They kept both and planned on eating the Snakehead.

I don't travel without my Garmin Oregon 450 GPS. The numbers: total distance, 16 miles; 1:38 total travel time; 1:22 moving time, moving ave. speed 12 mph, overall ave. 10 mph; maximum speed 27 mph. Link to Ride With GPS map.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Multimodal transport (also known as combined transport) is the transportation of goods under a single contract, but performed with at least two different means of transport; the carrier is liable (in a legal sense) for the entire carriage, even though it is performed by several different modes of transport (by rail, sea and road, for example). The carrier does not have to possess all the means of transport, and in practice usually does not; the carriage is often performed by sub-carriers (referred to in legal language as "actual carriers"). The carrier responsible for the entire carriage is referred to as a multimodal transport operator, or MTO.

Multimodal is a pretty good description of what my commuting to, from and during work has been the last two months.
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METRO ride to the Pentagon for a meeting

Fairfax Connector to Springfield/Franconia METRO Center

I will not be going Fairfax Connector Bus from Fort Belvoir to Springfield METRO center again, no way, no how. My new Trek hanging out there on the front, out there at the mercy of a driver who doesn't know or care the difference between a Trek 520 and a Wal-Mart beater.

Another trip on METRO

Crystal City VRE Station

My commute yesterday was a good example. 2 miles from home to the VRE Leeland Station by bicycle. 40 minute VRE ride to Springfield/Franconia Station. 7 mile bicycle ride to my office at Fort Belvior. An afternoon meeting at the Pentagon dictated I return the 7 miles to The Springfield/Franconia METRO station leaving the office at noon. Arriving on the VRE side I have to take three elevators to get to the METRO train. A 25 minute Blue Line ride brings me to the Pentagon stop. Another elevator ride and then a 1.0 mile bicycle ride brings me to the North parking access to the Pentagon Athletic Center (PAC) in time to shower and attend my 1430 meeting. After the 1615 meeting ends, I head back to the PAC to change to bike cloths, pedal the 2 miles to the Crystal City VRE station to catch the 1730 southbound. Then the last 2 miles to home, arriving about 1845. 23.5 miles total by bicycle. Throw in VRE and METRO... Multimodal.

Springfield/Franconia VRE Station

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Potomac Point Winery Duet

Great dinner of chopped salad and small pizza.

Sent from Jay's iPhone

Monday, May 7, 2012

High Bridge Trail State Park

Valerie and I had a quick overnight get-away including riding the High Bridge Trail near Farmville, VA. The trail has been open, all 31 miles of it except the bridge. It just opened in April and is the showcase of the whole trail. 2400 feet long and soaring 120 above the Appomattox River.