It is funny how you can live someplace for years and not notice a nice ride nearby. Today my wife and I rode the Anacostia River Trail, following the Northeast Branch Trail and the Piney Branch Trail to College Park, MD. We had to ride about 5 miles of city streets to get to the trail but they were pretty rideable roads. In any event, this is a well maintained, lightly used, paved trail winding along the river through woods and fields. You never feel that you are in the middle of a congested urban area. We stopped in to tour around the University of Maryland (wife's alma mater) and stopped for lunch and ice cream at their historic dairy. Round trip was 30 miles. Eventually the trail will extend a few more miles to hook up with the developing Anacostia River Walk at RFK Stadium. Then we will be able to conveniently zip right over to the trail.