I was in DC about a week and a half ago. I had been lucky enough to have my day down from the trucking job in Tacoma Park Maryland which is about ten miles from the capitol via bike path. Great thing is, one of the my friends who used to pedicab with me here in Boston has been living in DC for a while now working for a fuel cell company and pedicabing on the weekends.
I first got there while he was working so I spent some time riding around on my own. I came across a tea party rally with Michelle bachman going on about this and that, had a good chuckle. Then got myself over to the capitol steps and did a shout out to the good'ol illuminated masons
Then I hit up the Washington monument
After checking out the Obama house I had a lackluster meal at Henry's, though it was the first time I had a burger that was cooked medium rare (the only way to have one if you ask me) so I guess they win with me in the end.
By that time my bro was out of work and we had a real bike ride and he showed me more sights and side streets filled with nice historical tidbits, its great to have a real profesional guiding you around. My bike was stuck in top gear due to a broken cable so i had a hard time with some of the hills.
After working out the body it was time to give the 'ol noodle some love so we headed over to a cafe that was hosting author Wray Herbert who was doing a short talk and long Q&A on the subject of heuristic thinking and the pros and cons. It was very fascinating hearing about how so much of our decision making process is dictated by our subconscious mind mostly to conserve energy and time.
By the time we got out of theremitmwas dark and my stomach was grumling for a more satisfying meal. I found this place called "Ben's chili bowl" and I knew just from looking at the place I was going to like it. Bellied up to the bar ad split some fries, a chili dog and a fantastic chocolate shake with my conpatriot...fan fuckintastic. Sign on the till said "the only people that eat for free are Bill Cosby and the Obama family".
Had some really good drinks and some conversation with the general manager of the pedicab company who had just been let out of jail. I guess he had been filming the park police giving a ticket unwarentedly to one of his riders. The took quite an offence and threw him to the ground. He says he doesn't really remember too much after that from the nasty knock on the head he recieved. He says that the big problem with the authority in DC is that unlike Boston where we only have to deal with three kinds of police, there they have over 50 seperate entities that most of which have no idea what the rules are when it comes to pedicabs. Even still I want to go there at some point and do a guest appearance to see what its like riding in the capitol.
Well after some boose and some smoke were coursing through my bloodstream I was goofing off on my bike holding the handlebars with one hand and the seat with my other so i could do some wicket high kicks over the top tube when -snap
There goes my carbon fork. So my friend and his boss each took one wheel and I strapped my frame to the bike share ride and made it halfway back to the hotel. A cab had to get me the rest of the way.
All in all a fantastic day off and I can't wait to go back.