August 17th, 2005


It feeds the rich while it buries the poor

Today began with a minor hotel snafu, and ended with a trip to visit the Hornsteins where I failed to get a bike rack, but crushed Ken at an Avalon Hill Civil War game whose title I have already forgotten.

In the middle, however, was a lot of interesting stuff:
-Ashburn, VA is a giant suburb. Huge. Yuck.
-Breakfast is hard to find in the suburbs.
-My employers' main office? It's a townhouse. Literally. Like, in the middle of a row of residences.
-Lunch was Vietnamese, and pretty good.
-Dinner was Greek, and also good.
-It was also right by the W&OD Rail trail,
-which after getting my coworker back to the hotel, I biked 12.5 miles round trip of (from near Ashburn to west of Leesburg)

Other things:
-The Dulles Airport Toll Road is useful but not cheap.
-My car needs to be realigned again.

Its passion will ride, as the cities fly by

I started the day with a 20 mile ride the other way on the W&OD rail trail, to Herndon and back. Then it was back to the office, 2 meals, and a trip to Bellefonte, where the day will end. My employer, incidentally, is shockingly easygoing and wasn't really surprised by anything I had to say when we had a brief meeting about how I was "adjusting to the new job" (which is very well, really).

I missed out on pictures as I passed Enola yard, though amusingly my coworker turns out to also be somewhat of a railfan and probably would have been fine with a stop.

My plan is to work here tomorrow, head east, possibly stop in Lancaster as well as for photos in Enola, and then end up in Morrisville, so Friday I can go to Manhattan and back, but really I'm just marking time til the weekend.