Thursday, August 29, 2013
Anacostia Cleanup and Remington Ride
Saturday morning I drove down through DC to get to the Anacostia River where I'd be helping with a clean up program. I'd complained about its filthiness when I kayaked on it a few weeks ago so thought the least I could do was make an effort to help clear up some of the trash.
Here's their site, some cool stuff here. They were being sponsored today by Suburu who had provided refreshments for all. All volunteers got a t-shirt and an aluminum beaker. Everyone was happy until the person above stuck his oar in by demanding to know if we had permits. Apparently he was having a family event in the park at 2pm and didn't want us around. How fortunate for him then that we were cleaning up the area for him, and maybe we should hang around to clean up after his get together too? I was having a hard time containing myself but the Suburu guy handled him superbly while I glowered as hard as I could without busting a blood vessel. Eventually he cleared off and went to sit his fat arse in the pavilion and smoke cigarettes while watching his family set up their event.
We all grabbed bags, for trash and for recyclables, and set off towards the river bank to begin our dirty jobs. Everyone got stuck in with gusto, even the kids, it was really quite admirable to watch them all. I found myself a nice thicket and battled my way in, wishing I'd tied my hair up as with nearly every step I took I was yanked back by a branch. But I got through and found the ground littered with trash, likely dumped by the high tide of a previous storm.
On Sunday I decided to go cycling. I was feeling pretty disgusted with myself that I haven't been out on my road bike this year so I picked a local ride. In Remington, VA, the town has created 4 bicycle routes and supply the maps in the main street or online: http://www.remingtonva.org/biking.html
There are a lot of markers on the map but I didn't want to keep stopping to find them all, as I had to stop often to check where I was going. But there was plenty to see and the scenery was beautiful.
By the time I got back to the car I'd done just over 30 miles, due to all the little detours I'd made on my way round. It was a great ride and one I'll definitely do again. I intend to do the other three Remington rides before the end of summer.