WASHINGTON (WUSA9) --Gabe Horchler has worked at the Library of Congress for 40 years and for the last 14 of them his daily commute has been more like an urban adventure.
The 68-year-old leaves Capitol Hill and bikes about 2-miles to the Anacostia Community boathouse. It's here that Gabe keeps his second mode of transportation - a shell which he will row six-miles up the Anacostia River.
"Once when I was stuck on the Anacostia freeway in a horrendous traffic jam, I realized that the Anacostia freeway parallels the Anacostia River and I thought wouldn't it be nice if I could go by boat instead of by car or motorcycle so that's when I decided to try it," he said.
The commute takes Gabe anywhere from an hour and a half to almost two hours, one-way.
"It gets me away from all the distractions that we have, from the TV and the cell phone and the computer because there's none of that out here. It's just you and the river basically and I find that very liberating."
Usually when you hear about the Anacostia River in the news, it's about bad things, pollution, things of that nature but he gets to see a totally different side of it.
"Oh yeah and the good side of it far outweighs the negative side, I must say. After heavy rain it can be pretty disgusting with lots of floating debris and very dirty water sometimes you have some sewage floating by so it can be pretty disgusting but on a good day its nice."
In the last 14 years, he has fallen in three times.
He says that track record is "not bad."
Once across the river, he docks at the boat and then bikes another two-miles home to Cheverly.
"It's very doable, it's both exercise and practical and good for the body and soul.
In case you're wondering, Gabe only rows to work from March to November. He also only does it one-way each day. He alternates mornings and evenings because he only has so many bikes to get him to and from the boathouses. But when he's not biking and rowing, he takes the Metro.