We booked our 2.5 hour tour with Bike and Roll. The tour leaves from the Old Post Office Building, but our tour guide mentioned that they may be moving soon due to Trump's impending takeover of the
After checking in for our tour, we were shown a safety video (featuring stick figures falling off segways) and signed a waiver. Then our guide demonstrated the ins and outs of operating a segway. Each of us then took turns riding a distance of about 10 feet before we were each given our own segway. For about 15 minutes, we had the chance to further familiarize ourselves and get comfortable with our new mode of transport by riding around a small courtyard. My segway was named Fala, after FDR's Scottish Terrier.
When it was time to roll out, our group of six people had fallen to four. The segway appeared to be too powerful for some, but that was okay. It turned out that three of us were locals and the remaining participant was visiting from Germany.
We traveled down Pennsylvania Avenue to the National Archives and US Navy Memorial.
Passing by the National Gallery, we headed towards the U.S. Capitol.
We rode to the Visitors Center side of the Capitol, which required us to go up and then down hill. That made me a little nervous, but I survived!
From there, we headed onto the Mall, viewing the Botanic Garden, a number of Smithsonian Museums and making a bathroom and snack stop at the Smithsonian Castle.
Then it was to the Washington Monument, which as you can see is still sick from earthquake damage. From there, we had a not-so-great view of the White House, which we would revisit later on in the tour.
Then it was on to the World War II Memorial and a detour to the Martin Luther King Memorial. I'm not sure if this is part of the normal tour because our guide asked us if we wanted to go to it.
We could see across the Tidal Basin for a view of the Jefferson Memorial.
One of the funniest things about the day was seeing people's reactions to a line of segways coming towards them or zipping past them. Some people would just make comments like, "Look! Segways!" or "We should ride a segway!" While others would have a look of sheer terror, knowing that a bunch of amateurs might run them over at any moment.
We jumped back on our segways to see the exterior of Lincoln Memorial.
The Reflecting Pool was recently refilled after a long while of being dry.
To end our day, our guide fulfilled our German friend's wish of a better view of the White House, so our tour guide took us off roading to get this shot.
From there, it was back to the Old Post Office to return our segways and enjoy a freezy pop.
The day was a lot of fun. I actually had pretty low expectations going in, but I really enjoyed myself and would not hesitate to jump on a segway again if the opportunity presented itself!