|Sak's tandem bike.|
From downtown, we biked past the Washington Monument (pictures from when we walked there earlier).
|Since everyone else was doing it...>.>"|
|The capitol in the distance!|
Next we biked past the (newish) WWII Memorial.
And then we rode around the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson Monument!
|Jefferson on the water|
|A look back at the Tidal Basin|
|Detail of the top of the monument!|
|Sweaty! Abe was a little smaller than I imagined him, but still pretty cool!|
|A look back. The reflection pool was drained for maintenance(?). Boo!|
We crossed the bridge into Viriginia and stopped at Arlington National Cemetery. We debated paying for the tour ride but ultimately decided to hoof it. However, we didn't get very far as there was an active funeral going on! I felt it was odd/disrespectful to clamber around during the service, so we stood back and watched a while before heading back. They had the full white guard, gun salute, buglers and even a horse carriage!
From the cemetery we started on the bike path to Alexandria.
Though not far on the map, and not too hilly either, it was a very hot day and we are not conditioned bicyclists. We also ran out of water. Around Reagan airport we were both dry heaving and taking breaks every few minutes. We exclaimed that if we did not die - than surely this was a bad idea!
|Watching planes land at the end of the runway.|
With her water bottle to revive us, we finally got the bike back to the return location in Alexandria. We paid for our four hours of rental, and caught the free shuttle back to the metro. In total, we rode about 10 miles. I passed out during the shuttle ride, which Sak says was very nice as the PA talked about the historic downtown area.
After more water, a big smoothie and a very light lunch, we headed to a museum to cool off and relax! Though I don't think the bike ride was a bad idea (it was fun at first!), I would definitely be more prepared next time. More water, good breakfast, and not in ridiculously hot weather!
But what DC monument/historic building post would complete without the White House? Here she is!
|Back and front.|
Really, I was totally reliving Eden of the East, waiting for my nakie Akira to show up :P
|(Eden of the East)|