The District
Saturday June 12th 2010, 1:12 pm
Filed under: News

So I’ve moved to the East coast again, this time, the relocation is in the District of Columbia—our nation’s capitol. Living in Louisville was nice, but it was like staying in a large suburb, Washington DC has hustle and bustle in spades, it is a very busy city and it’s just the way I like it.

In terms of bikes, there are a lot of them around. Every block you travel on there’s quite a number of them locked to posts, rails, and racks, not to mention at least one or two other people riding theirs. Speaking of racks there’s seemingly quite a bit of infrastructure in place here. So far I’ve ridden on bike lanes on Q, R, 14th, 15th (with a contra-flow lane), and New Hampshire streets; there’s also the Rock Creek Park trail and in Virginia the Washington & Old Dominion Trail from the Custis Trail that I’ve explored. I’m looking forward to checking out the Metropolitan Branch Trail too. In addition to all that, I’ve also had my fair share of regular traffic lanes to navigate through—we all know the bike lane, just like the freeway, doesn’t start and stop at your front door. The regular streets are full of potholes, badly described lanes, irregular intersections, huge roundabouts, and tons of cars traveling at varying speeds; it can be super hectic—basically this kind of playing in traffic can be fun.

One other thing DC’s streets have are lot’s of statues of dude’s on horses.

I’ve found work in a pretty cool shop—this one—and again, I am seeing yet another way of running a shop. As we’re all aware of, there’s maybe an infinite number of ways to skin a cat. I’m still figuring it all out there, I have no real criticisms and not many suggestions have developed yet. Working in a variety of shops has definitely given me an education in operating in different environments. I’m glad to add to that—so far, so good. Washington, DC, as a whole will be an effort in education for me, I’m sure I’ll be learning more about the streets, trails, bikes, people, and government the longer I live here.

In the meantime, my wife and I are living as mole people in a friend’s basement apartment. The sofa bed is certainly taking it’s toll on my back. Most of our belongings, i.e. the majority of our bikes, are locked up in a storage unit. Patience is the lesson for now. Today however, we’re off to check out the big parade in Dupont Circle.

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