The Mechanic and I moved this past weekend, our first place together! It’s very exciting, or at least will be once everything is unpacked and settled a bit more. I feel like I’ve moved up into Real Adult Apartment World, especially after years of living in a small apartment in Manhattan – this place is a 2-bedroom, has tons of kitchen counter space, grounded outlets everywhere in every room, and -blessings of blessings- a washer and dryer! I did two loads of laundry as we unpacked on Sunday, just because I could. No more piling it all into a granny cart to haul to a laundromat, or hoarding quarters, or running downstairs to the laundry room to find someone already using the machines, huzzah!
We now have five and a half bikes in the apartment. The half is a mountain bike the Mechanic will be rebuilding for me. I might even get to try it this weekend! Fingers crossed.
We each got a WMATA bike locker near the closest Metro station to store extra bikes. The Mechanic is anxiously awaiting his key, now lost in Mail Forwarding Land; I have mine. I haven’t even had the chance to walk past them to find the one that is mine and check it out, but I have a four day weekend coming up, and that’s on the list.
One of the other cool features about this apartment is that there is a Capital Bikeshare station on the property. Sunday we decided to leave our bikes upstairs, and grabbed CaBis (as we call them in the office) to bike to lunch. There is a station across the street from where we were headed, so it was amazingly convenient. I see us using these bikes often for quickie trips.
The biggest downside, to me, is that this apartment is now closer to my office. Yes, I said downside. I had been biking about 4.17 miles each way – short, easy, quite manageable. Now I’m barely 3 miles from my office, so I’m losing about 2.5 miles a day in exercise. This will never do! So I’m going to have to spend some time finding a route that isn’t painstakingly backtracking in order to stretch the ride. I will probably have to start using the Custis Trail, which I find boring and hillier than I prefer at 7am. And the roadies zipping past mumbling “left” just irritate me. Again, 7am before my chai tea. Hopefully I can find something else. I’ve got several routes planned out, so I’ll try them all until I find one that satisfies my criteria. Stay tuned!