The first ride demonstrates how a relatively short trail can take riders past landmarks from the 1700's, the 1800's, the 1900's and right up to the present time. It is the introductory ride to demonstrate the "layers of history." Mount Vernon was a working plantation where George Washington lived. Our bicycle ride follows the same route taken from there to Alexandria, the nearest port town. The trail offers the beauty of the Potomac River shoreline as it twists and turns toward Washington, DC.