Best Side Effect to Road Construction

Beach Drive as Bike Highway
Bike Highway
Sometime last fall, there was a brief period of road construction on Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park that shut down the roads to cars and trucks. That meant that during my bike commute from Rockville to Adams Morgan, I would have whole stretches of the park to myself. I imagined I was Will Smith’s character from I Am Legend: a lone man all alone in a deserted city. On one ride, I saw a giant buck on the other side of the creek. He looked up, saw me, and started to race. We were neck and neck for a couple hundred yards before I, ahem, let him win.
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