White House Plaza Moment: Welcoming the Touring Cyclists
Earlier this week I took a couple of passes through the White House Plaza, first to take some pre-work bicycle glamour shots and later to enjoy a bit of afternoon sun.
On my a.m. stop, I saw a Capital Bikeshare tourist. Awesome! I love seeing tourists navigate Washington, D.C., using Bikeshare bikes. She asked me to take a photo for her in front of the White House, and then I took one extra for myself.
Go Bikeshare! I pedaled to my j-o-b, spent a few hours there doing j-o-b-related things, and then took a midday walk. I meandered back through the White House Plaza, and as I was about to return to the office I saw two fully loaded bicycles roll up near the White House.
I sprinted over to them in my non-sprint-friendly heels and excitedly asked them where they had ridden from.
“Pittsburgh!” they answered.
They had JUST completed the full trek of both the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Trails. It took them nine days to complete full 330 miles. They asked me if I rode, too. I had forgotten that I was walking around incognito.
I said it must feel strange to come off the C&O trail into the heart of Washington, D.C. on a weekday. One of them said “Yeah, it’s crazy. We just got here and there’s horns honking and taxis everywhere!” They asked me to take their picture and then I grabbed a photo with my own camera as well.
I thought it was so awesome that my little lunch break stroll coincided so perfectly with their tour completion. It made my whole day better, although I was sad to have to go back to the office. A few hours later, though, it was my turn to ride.
And now, it’s the weekend. Let’s go ride our brains out!