Capitol and Washington DC visit September 17, 2009 - On Thursday, September 17
we did not bike but instead took the Metro up to the Rayburn Building and visited the Capitol, which included spending some time with our Congressional Representative Todd Tiahrt. After a nice chat we were given a private tour of the Capitol by one of his staff. The tour included sitting in on some voting in the House that involved Pell Grants. Saw a few notable congressmen in addition to Representative Tiahrt, Patrick Kennedy, Henry Waxman, and Barney Frank. Everyone went in different directions on the Mall, Dana and I took in the National Botanical Gardens and the Museum of American History. Here is the Picasa link to the 900 or so pictures I took of our trek.
Washington DC September 16, 2009 - Roger, Braden and I went to Alexandria to pick-up my rental car. Once we all got back to the motel I loaded up my bike and gave Roger, Lynda and Braden over to DC. Roger was having lunch with an old friend who now works as an attorney at the Treasury Department, Braden and Lynda wanted to start their assault on visiting Smithsonian Museums. I dropped them all off close to the White House and Treasury Department Offices and headed to Georgetown. I found the bike shop that someone had recommended, Revolution Cycles, for shipping my bike back to Wichita. I later discovered that Revolution had fitted President Bush for a Trek mountain bike and I believe had some bike related dealings with President Clinton. We got my IF bike ready for shipping and I headed for Pete's Barber Shop in Alexandria in anticipation of Dana's arrival tomorrow and our visit to the Capitol. That evening I took Roger, Braden and Lynda to Alexandria for dinner.