101004jogginjam.jpgOnly in the National Capital Region, where gridlock is a daily way of life, would you also have traffic jams on the bike paths.

This photo comes from a typical morning on the bike trail that runs along George Washington Parkway and the Potomac River in Northern Virginia. Joggers, walkers and bicylists fight for their piece of space.

Washington has many bike trails. This one along the Potomac runs through Alexandria and then all the way to Mount Vernon, some 18 miles.

If you’re into longer bike rides, the Washington and Old Dominion Trail runs 45 miles from Shirlington to Purcellville in Virginia. But the granddaddy trail out of DC is a Chesapeake & Ohio Canal — a 184-mile jaunt that runs from Georgetown in Washington to Cumberland, MD.

Pack a big lunch. And dinner. And breakfast.

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