About 8 of us tested out the "alternate" route down near Hains Point and the Tidal Basin Saturday and had a fine ride on roads that were clear, smooth, and devoid of most traces of salt! (The Point itself is still closed to traffic and untouched by plows or salt).
What was pretty clear, given the amount of white stuff still bordering the roads,is that Sunday would not be a good day to bring a large group of riders out onto our regular Espresso route to Potomac. So, this Sunday, for those wanting to ride outside, we'll be revisiting the "alternate" route down by the Tidal Basin again.
You can either roll out of Dean & Deluca at 9:30 a.m. for a short ride down PA Ave past the White House to 15th Street and down to the tennis courts on Hains Point or you can simply meet us by the tennis courts at 10 a.m. Because we'll be doing laps on basically a 3 mile loop, you can even show up later and find us somewhere on Ohio Drive between Independence Ave. and Buckeye Drive (the road by the tennis courts) and join us en route. This being Sunday, you could also drive to Georgetown and park for free for the 9:30 roll out from there. You could also park near the tennis courts as well.
We'll plan on riding on the loop between 10 a.m. - noon.