I was in Maryland again this week and I decided to use the opportunity to go ride my bike in Washington DC. I went into the city on a Monday night around 7:45. During the summers, a different military band gives a free concert every week night on the steps of the US capital. So, I parked my rental car in front of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and rode up to the Capital. I really enjoyed the Navy choir, the Sea Chanters — technically they are part of the US Navy Band. They put on a great performance with a number of soloists and small groups in addition to the ensemble pieces. Their performance of the Navy Hymn (Eternal Father Strong to Save) was amazing.
After the concert I rode along the Mall to the WWII Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.
I have been to these many times but on this occasion I decided to ride along the Tidal Basin by the ML King, Roosevelt and Jefferson Memorials. I had been to the Jefferson Memorial before but I did not know that the MLK and Roosevelt memorials were also on the Tidal Basin. From the WWII Memorial, it was a short ride to the Tidal Basin. You do have to be careful if you choose to ride the sidewalk right next to the water. It is narrow and I had to duck to make it under several tree branches. At night even with a 600 lumen light it was hard to judge the clearance.
Halfway around I road away from the water towards another trail and I found myself at the Martin Luther King Memorial. The massive statue of MLK is cool and the quotes on the wall (in the photo above) were illuminated. After riding past the King Memorial, I found myself at the Roosevelt Memorial. I had no idea how massive this memorial was. I really enjoyed the walls with quotes and the waterfalls. Finally, I rode to the Jefferson Memorial. I spent some time just enjoying the view of the Washington Monument across the Tidal Basin from the steps. Nighttime is the best time to see the DC monuments and a bike is the best way to do so.