I had to go downtown to pick up my new passport today. Usually, this is quite the trek. By bus, easily an hour and a half. By car, about an hour to drive, find parking, pay for parking, drive back and find parking at work. By taxi, at least 30 minutes and $14.
So Rob devised a plan to take our tandem bike from work to the passport office and back. We rocketed downtown, grabbed the passport and got back to work in about 15 minutes! I felt just like a bike messenger. So awesome!
As a side note, have you seen the design of the new passports? It is beyond patriotic, like something you'd find on a commemorative plate not a government document. Every page has a different pastoral scene (buffalos, cowboys, bears, etc) and a quote about freedom. The back is the view of America from the moon.
Don't get me wrong, I love America to my core...it's just going to be a bit awkward to flash a four inch, glittering bald eagle at the Paris customs desk. I don't think they'll be amused.