Before Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremonies had finished, I decided to leave the National Mall so I could avoid the large crowds. After I picked up my bicycle near 3rd & Independence Ave SW, I decided to ride in the direction that seemed to have the least amount of people. After about 5 minutes of navigating the streets, I rode up to the 3rd Street tunnel, which had been closed off to vehicular traffic to allow people to enter the National Mall from the south side. Since bicyclists are normally not allowed on this stretch of highway, I decided to get out my camera and film my ride under the National Mall. This video starts as I go into the tunnel and finishes when I exit the tunnel.