I don’t often chat about my weeknight rides as they tend to be rather dull affairs when compared to my weekend jaunts.
I’ll let that sink in for a moment.
This week was an exception to that general rule. On Thursday, I managed to break the (for me) mythical 20 mph barrier which has taunted me for exactly nine months since I finished a ride at Virginia Beach with an average pace of 19.9 mph. I reached the 20.0 mph mark on a 16.8 mile circuit that I often ride when pressed for time. I didn’t set out to break the mark but the conditions were perfect and everything lined up nicely. The weather was sublime, I hit all eleven traffic lights green (a first), I was riding the fancy-pants Madone, and I was about ten pounds lighter than last June. It will be a long time before all of those conditions repeat themselves and I can make another run at the record, but the countdown to 21 mph has begun.
On Friday night, I took a 27-mile trek to the outer portion of Manassas and came across this site:
It is the restored Prince William County Public School #8, a one room elementary school that served African American children in a community of former slaves called Lucasville (I traveled Lucasville Road en route to here). The school was built in 1889 about half a mile from its current location. It was closed in 1929 and sold at auction to a farmer, who moved it to the present location and used it as a shed. Today, it is in a small park on the edge of a subdivision, with historical markers explaining its significance.
You never know what you’ll find when out and about on your bicycle.
The weather for the weekend promises to be miserable, with steady rains and thunderstorms throughout both days. I got three good weeknight rides in, but that may be it for a while. This is unfortunate as the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom and the wife and I were hoping to pedal amongst them this weekend. Neither of us care to do so while drenched.