The bikes of Minnehaha
|The Science Museum Goldfish.|
|Tom, the touring expert, |
rides a steel frame Lemond.
"Hey," I say, "I am interviewing people for my bike blog. Could I interview you?"
Tom rides over. "Sure, but my wife is cooking dinner, so you gotta be fast."
"Ok." I say.
Now is the time I am supposed to ask a question, but nothing comes to mind. I should have written some questions down beforehand. Blast!
"Right" I say, "that sure is a sweet bike you have!"
(Not a question.)
"Yeah, it is great for commuting, and bike touring."
"You do bike touring!" (here is something I know about! All right!) "Where have you gone?"
Tom has sunglasses that reflect my face. "I have done loads of bike tours. I would be here all night if I tried to explain them all to you. I have a website - tmacd.com Everything is written down there." (It is a pretty cool site You should check it out.)
There is a moment of silence. Tom looks at me expectantly. I dredge up another question from the deep pool of blankness that is my mind.
"How long have you been riding bikes on this trail?"
"I am 65 years old, and I have been riding on this trail my whole life. I grew up here. I don't know how many years that is... ever since there was a trail here, I have been riding it."
The light turns green.
"Ok. Thanks Tom!" I put away my pen, and close my notebook. I have three notes written down.
"- Tom, 65"
"- grew up here"
"- touring - tmacd.com"
Tom looks at me incredulously.
"No more questions?"
Tom, you are right. I should have more questions, but I don't, and your dinner is waiting.
Next time I will write some questions down.