Katrina and Josh recently relocated for Flagstaff where Josh is now enrolled at NAU in the physical therapy program. Katrina, who works at NAU, mentioned that she was finding it pretty tough to pedal hilly Flagstaff on her cruiser. She had no problems with it pedaling around Tempe, which is quite flat, and was considering finding another bike more suitable to the terrain.
Josh had just purchased a handsome new Specialized, which looked perfect for crossing almost anything Flagstaff might throw at him. I told Katrina that I had a hard time with the wide cruiser handlebars, especially when I had to tackle a hill and stand up while pedaling. I also said that I needed more gears at this elevation.
They noticed my Dahon and asked me if it was a folding bike. I said that it was and that I had taken it to San Francisco this past spring and was pleased with how well it handled the extreme hills and long ride over the Bay Bridge into Sausalito. Turns out they had also done the Sausalito ride to Tiburon and like, Bob and I, ridden the ferry back the city. After a few more friendly words, I wished them well on their new life in Flagstaff and pedaled on my way. I'm always a little shy about approaching strangers for a photo but I virtually never regret it. Being on a bicycle makes me and them just a little bit more approachable. I have not idea why other than the possible connection of having made the choice to travel someplace by bike.