I have been meaning to join a bunch of my fellow DC bike commuters at a local coffee shop for the last few weeks. I think this was set up by my fellow bloggers Mary and Ed. One week after another I have had a conflict but today I was going to get out of bed and get there. So I left the house 15 minutes early, and rode our of camp headed into the big city.
Since Monday, I have logged 123 1/2 miles. I was expecting to feel sluggish the whole way in. Not today.. I had more pep in my legs than I knew what to do with. I was spinning in circles instead of mashing on the pedals. Up the Mount Vernon Trail I went uncharacteristically passing bicyclists along the way. I cross into DC and made my way up 15th Street when bike commuter extraordinaire Reba came along side. I followed her up the 15th Street cycle track as she blew on a whistle to clear a path through one cluster of bleary eyed tourist after another. We banged a left onto the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Barack and Michele waved Good Morning from their bedroom window. (Would I lie?)
At 17 Street Reba left for work and I headed for Swing’s Coffee a block away. Within minutes of my arrival the place became stuffed with bike commuters. Many, like Ed, Mary and me, are also bloggers. Nice to meet you Laura, Kirstin, Froggie, Lauren, Lisa, Brian, Jacques and all the others whose names my feeble brain has already lost.
On the way into town, the Sequoia finally hit the 30,000 mile mark on his odometer. I am pretty sure I have lots more miles that I neglected to transfer over from the first (this is the third) odometer on this bike. It’s still a cheap thrill to watch 29,999 change to 30,000. The last several hundred miles were not the easiest. I discovered my rear rim is failing, my pedals fell apart, I collided with a parked car, and my rear axle sounded like it was not rotating freely. I also had a little extra weight (a Christmas present from my sister-in-law). Nothing like carrying an anvil to slow your roll.
Next week I switch over to my Tour Easy, which has a tad over 29,000 on its odometer. (I ride a lot.)
After leaving the coffee crew, I got hung up behind a crane building operation. A crane was building a bigger crane right in the middle of the street. Instead of waiting hopelessly with the cars, I hopped the curb and rode through an adjacent park. Advantage Sequoia!
Thanks again to Ed and Mary for thinking up the coffee get togethers. Mary even thought to bring her zombies.
I’m off the bike for three days to do some daddy duty. And 460 miles of driving. No zombies.