Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Thursday Night Social - #DinnerOutside?

What is better than getting out of the regular routine mid-week?  Last Thursday night we did just that on an evening ride with friends to Jones Point Park in Alexandria for Popeyes chicken and three awesome homemade side salads courtesy of Erika.  We had great riding companions (Jenny and Stephen) and met up with Josh, Shawna and Charlie (the lab) at the park.  Same idea as coffee outside,  'dinner outside'?!?  Why not!

Good weather, light exercise, great company, tasty food, dash of exploration...  Yes please!

Erika's delicious and ingeniously packaged homemade salads were a big hit, the mason jars are excellent for bike transportation in my Topeak trunk bag.  You'll notice we had several flavors of 'electrolyte water' to choose from!

Charlie kept a close but respectful eye on the chicken all night.

Jenny, Stephen, Charlie, Josh and Shawna all enjoying the fried chicken and salads

Sunsetting on our little dinner party

Erika's Motobecane Mirage Mixte gets neglected here because the project predates the blog, predates moving to Alexandria and as a matter of fact was my first whole bike project.  I built it up for her two Christmas's ago with a 650B conversion, friction thumb shifters and a VO handlebar setup.  She loves the look of the bike but has recently asked for wider handlebars, so I'll be sourcing some Alba-type bars soon.

The XO-3 was pressed into duty for this trip freshly shod with the Chris King 32H front wheel I failed to sell, new VP black pedals and the finally re-spaced to 130mm White Industry ENO rear hub (I'd been running the to large 135mm spacing all year up to now but got the replacement axle ends.)

I'm a huge fan of the 'new' Woodrow Wilson bridge, I love the swooping supports and the clean white look. It always reminds me of a line of seagulls.

WW Bridge by Moonlight, with the cruise ship 'Spirit' heading down to Mt Vernon and back with dinner guests.

If you venture down to the actual Jones Point Lighthouse down from the bridge crossing you'll see an awesome looking light house and also run into one of the fantastic historical quirks of Alexandria/Arlington/Falls Church, a boundary stone!  Southern most boundary stone for the original 10x10 mile reservation of the District of Columbia

Illuminated by bike light, this turned out better than I had expected.  Southern most boundary stone for the original 10x10 mile reservation of the District of Columbia

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