Sometimes the best Lyft is unexpected. One summer Sunday, I'd prepared for a busy day of driving in downtown Detroit. A big conference was ending, and I expected tons of airport runs. When I flipped into driver mode, I was surprised to get a request at the Amtrak station instead.
A guy named Alex stepped in my car, and I asked him what brought him to Detroit — he'd been traveling for the last two months, he said.
After saving money for years, he was able to attend three World Cup games in Brazil, and also visit California, Wisconsin (cheese!), Chicago, and now in Detroit. His tour was going to end in Cleveland before he returned home to North Carolina, where he was planning to become a Lyft driver himself.
On his list for local sights to see: a tour of Eminem's hometown, including Eight Mile Road. Amazing!
His final destination was the hotel where he was checking in. Once we got there, though, he turned to me and asked if he could run inside to drop off his bags — and kick off his local tour with me as his driver. Naturally, I couldn't say no!
Our first stop was Eminem's childhood home, now demolished by the city.
Next, we drove down Eight Mile Road.
We learned together, while visiting The Heidelberg Project, what it means to clean up a run-down neighborhood and revitalize a community with art. And then we added our signatures to the Yellow House Guest Book and stopped for some quality Polish food at Hamtramck.
Eventually we parted ways, leaving me with great memories of two completely unexpected hours exploring my own city with a stranger.
Sometimes, a Lyft can take you where you didn't know you needed to go. Thanks, Alex!