Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on January 21st, 2009 at 12:25 pm
(Photos: James Koski)
Back in December, Los Angeleno Ryan Bowen and an energetic band of friends and followers left L.A. for D.C. on their bikes to be a part of the Inaugural event. They dubbed their journey “Biking for Obama” and kept up a great blog about their adventure.
And, showing a bit of hopeful audacity, they didn’t even have tickets to the Inaugural when they left.
Fortunately, D.C.’s highest-profile bike-lover (and Portland resident), Congressman Earl Blumenauer answered their plea for tickets on their website and presented them to Bowen and a friend on behalf of the Congressional Bike Caucus and Bowen’s hometown Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.).
Blumenauer’s deputy chief of staff in D.C., James Koski, went along for the ride and was kind enough to send this report and a few photos.
“A bunch of riders met at Gravelly Point in Virginia, then rode together to the Jefferson Memorial where we met Earl and gave Ryan a ticket to the inauguration. Then Earl led a quick tour along the Mall and we ended up at the Capitol for the final group shot.”
— Check out BikingForObama.com.