Today this blog is three years old. And on this anniversary of when I began writing about the daily bike rides I take during my lunch breaks at work, I find myself still having as much fun as I did when I started. In fact, I’m having as much fun as when I was a kid riding my first bike, which was a bright green Schwinn Stingray coaster bike with a vinyl banana seat, U-shaped handle bars, a medium height sissy bar, chrome fenders and white-wall tires. The bikes I ride now are different than the one I rode then. And so am I. But the enjoyment is still the same.
My original goal when I began this blog was to try to find and write about at least 365 different monuments, statues, memorials, and other places and events in D.C. that I think are interesting. I thought that number would make it a compilation of one year’s worth of daily attractions for people to visit in the D.C. area. But the D.C. area has so much to offer that even after I reached my goal I continued riding and writing. As of today there are blog posts about 441 bike rides to different places.
And there is no end in sight. There are literally hundreds of more monuments, memorials, statues, places or events that I have either already visited and not yet written about, or have identified and am planning to visit in the future. In fact, I already know of more places I still want to ride to than the number I have already written about. So I should be able to keep writing for the foreseeable future. I just hope to be able to go to all of them before I retire, because I am eligible in only 571 days.