Sunday, July 11, 2010

L11 Day 5 - The Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge

I've jogged the last two days, but the weather is relatively good with temperatures in the lower 70s and humidity also in the 70s (early in the morning).  So, I decided to treat myself to a new course since I've been shuffling along in the neighborhood for awhile.  My boss recommended this particular stretch, and I've got to admit - it was very excellent.

I started on the Mount Vernon Trail about a mile south of the bridge.  Here is a couple of pictures to give you an idea of what it looked like.

Next up, you turn right on the north side of the bridge and start heading over to Maryland.  It's neat seeing the planes floating overhead on their way to Ronald Regan Washington National Airport, a name that is almost bigger than the airport itself!  There is a lot of touristy stuff on the bridge with sings and free telescopes.  It is a tremendous view.  And, if you ever need any adrenaline, just imagine being tossed off ... it's a long ways down to that river - yikes! 

From where you get on the bridge to where you jog up in circles to cross over and exit the bridge is 1.3 miles.  National Harbor is about a mile from the bridge's exit.  All-in-all, it was about 3.5 miles from where I started to finishing on the pier.  Here's the view from National Harbor and some interesting art.

I jogged another mile back to the bridge, and took a breather at 4.5 miles.  That's farther than I've gotten in the last few jogs, so that's good.  I jogged the bridge part that's over water (one mile) and then had an interesting conversation with a man who had run out of gas on the bridge.  The path is behind the sound-proof glass on the right side of the picture.

Then, once I turned south off the bridge, I jogged the last 3/4ths of a mile back to the car. All told I did 6.25 miles jogging and 3/4ths of a mile walking.  And when I got home, my daughter was still asleep!

1 comment:

  1. That looks like a very interesting path... always something to look at. My path is getting a bit boring, I have been looking for a new one as of late. Trying to mix it up and prevent myself from getting bored...

    Keep up the good work... I can't wait till fall and no humidity :-)