All your base miles are belong to us.
The road bike bug has bitten, or in my case - re-bitten, a number of Great Eskape’s riders. With the trails soaked and the gravel washed out, we’ve been sticking to (mostly) paved surfaces for our riding this winter. Though you shouldn’t expect to suddenly see Great Eskape kitting up for criteriums or or road races (well, maybe one or two) you may see us out and about on the country roads of the greater Washington area., out there getting in the fitness basemiles we need this time of year for upcoming gravel races in the spring.
But just because we might seem like we are resigned to riding ‘boring’ bikes for ‘boring’ base miles doesn’t mean we are resigned to doing boring rides. Road bikes are machines for exploration and adventure like any bike can be. So while we could be chasing strava segments on Falls Road, or worse, confined to Hains Point or indoor trainers we’re going to be out there having a big dumb time where we can. This past weekend’s mini adventure being a good proof-of-concept. We took our road bikes on roads, gravel, cutty trails, broken pavement, side paths, and some sidewalks on our way to exploring the ruins of civil war forts, lighthouses, and empty country lanes, just outside of DC. Base miles don’t have to be basic.
The route map is below, along with some snaps from the ride. The ride begins and ends at the Conte’s Bike Shop location at Navy Yard.