Coffeeneuring Ride #1 - Dolcezza Gelato

November 17, 2013

Dolcezza Gelato: 2905 District Ave, Fairfax VA 22031 Total Mileage: 37.9 --- Dolcezza Gelato is a small local chain of gelato and cafes, and serves some of the best espresso to be found in all of the DMV. The ride for the day was the Freshbikes Tourist Ride, led by my friend Pete. Now, I wasn't sure what their hours would be, and I purposely did not start my day with my normal cup of coffee before leaving home. 1381063339296 So to make sure I would get credit for my first coffeenuring ride, I stopped at the Le Pain Quotidien (The Daily Bread). I got my standard fare; a chocolate croissant and a cappuchino, a bad habit I picked up Alpe d'Huez. We left out of Freshbikes just a little after 9am, waiting for Clovis and Dane to finish up the group. The original plan was to ride down the W&OD down to the Arlington Freshbikes shop to pick up anyone else (as this was a shop ride). However, with the day being nice and sunny, the trail was packed and not a welcome route for an 7 person train. Pete had broken his wrist earlier in the week by being ridden into a drain grate by a driver in Georgetown, and he hadn't had time to tune his bike up, so he had some issues with a broken spoke the entire ride. We rode thru Falls Church to Arlington, and then over to the Freshbikes shop, picked up 4 more riders, and rode our way down to the Key Bridge through the intersection of doom (Lynn & Lee Hwy). 20131006_101103 Winding our way though Georgetown, and seeing the sights; something that we don't tend to do much commuting into the District, or training. 20131006_101339 The Cosmos Club 20131006_101350 The Indian Embassy 20131006_101357 Mahatma Ghandi Statue 20131006_101810 Interesting entrance way to The Cairo condominums. 20131006_101819 The Weeping Elephant statue. 20131006_102119 The Milano Condos 20131006_102808 Pete provides directions to our next stop. Note the pink cast on his left wrist. 20131006_103443 The old Hecht's Building...Now a Macy's (Forever 21). 20131006_103645 The Old Post Office Pavilion 20131006_103859 The US Navy Memorial. There was a memorial on going at the time as it was a week after the shootings at the Naval Yard. 20131006_104000 The Newseum. 20131006_104330 The Chess Players in John Marshall Park 20131006_104457 ...Right across the park from the Canadian Embassy. 20131006_104514 The Namesake for the Park, John Marshall. 20131006_104800 The next part is a reminder that we were riding during the government shutdown. Basically the roads were empty. Here's me by the Capitol building. 20131006_104943 Pete and Clovis inspect the Solar System Voyage 20131006_104952 20131006_105005 Which is a 1/10 Billionth scale installation showing how big the solar system is. 20131006_105546 1381072387645 ...Empty... 1381163500644 Normally there'd be be a lot of traffic and other trucks parked along...But because the government was shutdown, it was a zombie invasion ghost town. 20131006_105552 20131006_105706 20131006_105714 I did Take this moment to document something very rare: Riding a bike down Independence Avenue, on a warm sunny Sunday. 20131006_105715 We made our way round the Washington Memorial, but the one that you might stumble upon: 20131006_110210 This is the actual real-middle of where the White House and Capitol would line up. It's a mini-monument to L'Enfant, the designer of Washington DC. Past the WW2 Memorial, was the DC War Memorial: 20131006_112056 20131006_112809 Then across the Memorial Bridge over to Arlington National Cemetary. 20131006_112817 20131006_113608 Up from the cemetary we climbed up to the Iwo Jima memorial. Our trip finished, we headed back, riding up to Freshbikes, then back to Falls Church. Pete's bad luck continued to triple; broken spoke caused a flat tire, and his free hub had issues spinning while free. So we limped back to Falls Church; never let a friend limp home by himself. Afterwards, I walked down to the real point of the Coffeeneuring trip: Dolcezza Gelato. 20131006_125159 I was tempted by the Gelato, but just had an incredible Cappuchino. After completing my post-ride caffiene fix, I headed home.

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