Friday, August 19, 2011
Well, I didn't have THIS much company this morning, :) but most of the time, I ride to work alone. However, this morning when I headed out, I passed a guy who was riding directly on Columbia Pike, which is quite a busy road. I was riding on the sidewalk, as I usually do, until I get to a light where I can wait on a sidestreet til the light changes. I can then proceed more safely on Columbia Pike beyond the highway merge without a lot of zooming cars around me. As I waited at the light, this guy came along and stopped next to me and he asked if I was heading into D.C. I said yes, and he asked if he could ride with me. He said he had gotten a bit lost, in following his bike-mounted GPS. I asked where in D.C. he was heading, and he said 14th & K. I said I was biking near there and he could join me. We talked a little on the way - he moved here about a month ago from Tokyo, Japan and he works at a law firm in D.C. I asked where he lived and he said Pentagon City. So I told him he could have a shorter commute by riding over the 14th Street Bridge that he could catch off of the Mt. Vernon trail. I pointed out the bridge down the river as we were riding across the Arlington Memorial Bridge. When we got to Constitution Avenue, and I was making my turn, I told him to head on further down and make a left at 14th and that would take him to K Street. So, it was nice to have a little company this morning. I was in a hurry to make it to work on time, but it would have been nice to get his name and email address to stay in touch - I bet he had some good stories to tell about biking in Japan!