May 10th, 2008

The last turn...

It's the Mt. Vernon Bike Path, which heads north along the Potomac into Washington DC.
The last turn...

Crossing Arlington Bridge into DC

The song I can't get out of my head is the one used for the opening credits of the old TV show "Enterprise."

You know, the song that started with, "It's been a long road, getting from there to here," and which was accompanied by an inspiring montage of humanity's history of exploration.

I always loved those opening credits, much more than the show itself :)
Crossing Arlington Bridge into DC

The White House

I have to admit I'm a bit surprised that the numerous security folks here weren't disturbed by my bike, what with the huge bags hanging off the rear rack and all.

Maybe security is tighter when the President is actually there: according to this morning's news one of his daughters is getting married in Texas today, and presumably he's there instead :)
The White House

And so the journey ends...

That's me standing in front of the United States Supreme Court Building, having ridden 4536.2 miles solo from the San Diego beach to get there, over the course of exactly 100 days. There were no accidents of any kind the entire way: not so much as a fall while standing still, or even a minor scrape.

I consider this a resounding success, and a worthy introduction to the second half of my life.
And so the journey ends...

My bike, at the nearest REI...

Dropped off to be boxed, and shipped via UPS to the Seattle REI for me to pick up once I get home.

This was actually a bit emotional; I felt like I was leaving a pet behind :/
Bike at a Virginia REI

Simplicity

The two black bags on the left, along with the orange camping pad, are what I'll be taking with me to the post office to mail back home.

The blue day pack on the right contains everything I'll have from here on out, other than the clothes I'm currently wearing.

I like to travel light :)
Simplicity

Interesting...

Anywhere else, this might be part of an exhibit. In the National Cathedral, you find it above the stairs leading down to the bathrooms.
Interesting...

Projection two...

Apparently the title of this evening's event is "Lighting to Unite," and the San Marco cathedral in Venice used the same artist for a similar event.

I admit that I just assumed the cathedral itself would be open, which is why I came here tonight - turns out the only thing open in the cathedral is the bathrooms.

Hence the previous photograph :)
Projection two...