2012-04-01 - Bethesda Trolley Trail Loop

14+ miles @ ~10.5 min/mi

Happy April Fools Day from my GPS! The trackfile shows how things go wacky as I emerge from the Capital Crescent Trail tunnel under Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda: as satellites are re-acquired there's a big glitch in estimated position. I definitely did not run a sub-8 minute mile there.

For years I've tried to do the entire Bethesda Trolley Trail but never properly found either official end of the path. Today before setting out I study the BTT map and, once out of the aforementioned tunnel, take Woodmont Av north to Norfolk Av which, after some dithering, leads to the little park where the trail begins. Cherry trees and other plants are blooming in profusion all along the way. My left metatarsals start to hurt, perhaps due to tight shoes and thick socks, after a dozen miles. I take the shortest possible route home and find a new near-optimal cut-through along Capital View Av to avoid a dangerously narrow curve without sidewalk.

^z - 2012-04-13