This story really starts last week, when I discovered my e-go electric moped was no longer working. Either the batteries weren’t charging, or wouldn’t hold a charge. So I wrestled it into the back of the Vue (which is why I hang onto the baby SUV) and headed off to the only place that services e-gos in the DC area, Bob’s Bikes in Poolesville, MD. A quick crossing of the Potomac later on White’s Ferry (more later) and I’m at Bob’s, to find Bob is still on Christmas vacation.
Now it’s Friday, and I head off again to Bob’s, only to discover that due to the cold weather, the Ferry wasn’t operating. I never had tried to get to Bob’s any other way, but I figured I’d take a shot. North to Point of Rocks bridge, then follow roads back south, hoping to find Poolesville. It’s a small town, not well marked, but luck was with me and was able to drop the bike off at Bob’s. He goes BACK on vacation Jan 31st, so I may or may not bave it back by then. No hurry, I can wait for spring.
Now I’m in Poolesville, it’s 4:45, and I need to be at a “wheels up” celebration in DC for a bunch of my A-100 classmates heading overseas in the next couple of weeks. No problem, I’ll just keep heading southeast and I’ll hit the beltway. It worked, but what I didn’t know is, at least on a Friday night, the traffic runs both out of the city AND in. I wasn’t going to make it. Metro to the rescue. The Red line runs right along the road I was driving. All I had to do is find a parking lot. Not as easy as I thought. Finally I found a commercial lot. Expensive if you don’t shop in the local stores, but cheap if you do. A quick sandwhich at Giant later and my ticket was punched. Off to Buffalo Billiards by Metro!
This is where I could go into not having my Smart Trip card for Metro, or enough cash, but you all get the idea.
BTW, I may now go to the inauguration. I’ve found a route downtown that should work with only two changes of transport type (car -> bus -> metro).