The Mary Chronicles: Compton Tucker

MG recently caught up with another of D.C.’s bike commuters, NASA scientist Compton Tucker, just outside the White House. While TDR is all about randonneuring, we’re also into everyday riding: to work, to the grocery store, and of course Swing’s Coffee. Here is Mary’s report:

Sept. 28, 2007

The DC commuters were loving life today. And why not? The weather really could not have been much better. No humidity, temperatures in the 70’s, a breeze blowing, and the sun shining! This weather seemed to make the riders a talkative bunch, and I had the opportunity to meet Compton at a stoplight near the White House Plaza.

He remarked that it was great biking weather, and I could not have agreed more. Then he added that he thought any weather was good biking weather and, while I agreed at the time, after we parted ways I thought of some weather that I would definitely not categorize as “good cycling weather.” But today sure was.

Compton rides a sturdy Cannondale frame, and rides to work every day. His commute is between 25 and 30 minutes. It sounds like he really likes it except he did mention that he wants to get fenders to help with the rain and dispense with the rainpants! (That will make Ed so happy!!! He loves bikes and fenders!) No panniers, it appears; he just straps his briefcase down w/ a couple of bungie cords.

So here is a pic of Compton at the White House Plaza on our perfect DC commuting day… I hope you got out to enjoy it, too!

Compton Tucker at the White HouseCompton Tucker outside the White House


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