Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The LaMiWa Epic -- Day #6: The End of a Very Long Ride

Distance: 88.2 miles (76.5 to the capitol building)
Climbing: 1,955 feet

Total Distance: 619.2 miles
Total Climbing: 22,875 feet

I made it to Washington, DC! It was great to finally arrive. I got to the capitol building at about 2 p.m. and called Tina and then called my dad. I biked a few miles around the National Mall to get some pictures. Then I took the Metro out as far as it goes and then biked out to Gaithersburg where I will be staying.

The first part of my ride today was very scary. I went along a busy road that had little to no shoulder. I finally understand why Google maps was so adamant that I avoid that road. I would never bike along that road again. There was one big climb, but it didn't feel big at all after all the climbing I did on Monday and Tuesday. Once I reached Purcellville, Virginia, I took the Washington and Old Dominion trail to Alexandria, Virginia, and then took some other paths until I finally arrived at my destination. It was basically all downhill with a tailwind today. It was also a lot cooler than the previous days. All together it was a great day for riding.

The LaMiWa Epic was a long ride, and a lot of work. Each day was challenging in different ways. The LaMiWa Epic definitely streched me beyond my comfort zone. I found that I did a lot better than I had expected. Overall, I am happy that I did it. There's a great feeling that comes with this accomplishment.

I would like to thank Tina for her support. She got me a selfie stick and it helped me take some great pictures. I would also like to thank my dad for his advice and support. It was great to talk to him at the end of each day.

Here are some pictures from today.

1. The US Capitol
2. The Supreme Court Building
3. The White House
4. The Washington Monument
5. The Shenandoah River

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