Yesterday was Bike to Work Day, and I achieved a goal I've had for the past year of actually biking to work. I ended up biking 20 miles in about 2.5 hours. If you don't count the stops, I averaged 9.5 mph, which is pretty good.
(Note: a version of this post with cooler maps is available at the Everytrail site. I am, however, trying to make sure that I have versions of things I carry about on my blog, since Blogger makes it easy for me to download a backup of my entire blog. With other sites (I'm looking at you, Facebook), I feel like my history is out of my control.)
I left home around 7:30 and swung by the College Park Bike to Work pit stop. I got my free t-shirt, and I won some arm warmers in a raffle. Well, I won a choice of items, and I already had the other items. I think there's a reason I didn't already have arm warmers -- it's called a long-sleeved shirt. I munched on a free bagel, and then I had the guy from REI check out my bike (it was fine) while I digested the bagel.
I cut back to the Trolley Trail to Paint Branch Parkway, which became Good Luck Road. I was on Good Luck Road for a large portion of the total trip. I passed a bunch of NASA test facilities, which I think finally revealed to me the origins of the name of the road. I didn't have too much trouble finding my way on the part of the trip that I hadn't done before, but I got in a little bit of trouble trying to find a shortcut from Old Town Bowie to 197...I ended up by some very nice horse farms with a "No Tresspassing" sign that seemed to block my way to the WB&A Trail. The total distance for the detour wasn't too bad, but the hill was.
After a couple of miles on 197, I was on the mean streets of Bowie, which provided a very pleasant ride on suburban residential streets. It was exhilarating knowing how close I was to my goal. Finally, I pulled up to work, loaded my bike on my pre-positioned car, then went into my office, grabbed the clothes I had left there, showered, and did some work. Can't wait 'til next year!