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posted Aug 30, 2009, 2:31 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong   [ updated Aug 31, 2009, 8:57 AM ]
It has been a while since our last bike ride, so it was not a surprise when I find my bike back tire completely flat. Not only was it deflated due to a long time of neglect but there is a tear near the valve stem. Took me & Thuỵ about 15minute to remove the back wheel & replace the tube. The replaced inner tube makes it as good as new.

We are on our way to the National Arboretum. Not only we want to visit, but to ride from one attraction to another, in a 446 acres of beautiful landscape. Come in through the entrance on R Street, the parking lot is nicely shaded and next to the Administration building. We went inside to pick up the map before heading out. We rode directly to the National Capitol Columns. It has 22 beautifully carved Corinthian marble columns. Out in middle of the field, it's a strange feeling to see all the columns here, like a picture out of an old Roman movie. After that we rode to the next destination: Asian Collection.
This is a vast area which collects most Asian plants and trees, next to a giant pond. We did not trek down to the pond, but thought to ourselves that this place must be nice in the Spring time. On the saddle again, we headed to see the old & small trees. The tranquility just took over as soon as walking through the gate of the Bonsai & Penjing Museum. The layout, the gates, benches ... everything is just so simple but effective. We went into the Japanese Pavilion, here we see the oldest bonsai, since 1629! Yeah, talking about old!

We had a good time, exercise, and really worked up for a good appetite at Checker's. :) Looking forward to come back here during Winter as well as Spring. I really want to see the bonsai tree cover with snow, and blooming at Asian Collection. So, until next time; keep on biking.

National Arboretum


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