The Waxing Sun

Near Tuscarora, Frederick County, Maryland

It’s still frigid, and snow covers the ground. From appearance, the plants remain dormant. But the sun is stronger. And over the next three months, the days will rapidly lengthen as the earth’s rotation takes it past the equinox, now five weeks away.

So before bidding this longer winter adieu, I took a long look at nature’s quiet period.

C&O Canal Towpath on the Monocacy Aqueduct

On a century ride, I crossed the Potomac and rode northwest straight into fierce winter winds for 30 miles, from Darnestown to Point of Rocks to Lovettsville, before finally turning southeast for the 50 miles back to Arlington through Waterford and down the Washington and Old Dominion Trail.

I felt out of shape, and I am: I hadn’t spent a full day on the bike since New Year’s. But spring is near: prime time for cycling.

The Potomac from Chain Bridge

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