EBBP happened on the same evening as
the fourth game of the NBA Championship series. The event page
conflated the Golden State Warriors with the great revolutionary
leaders of history. It was fun to read Mandela, Curry, Guvera, and
Green in the same list. They promised that if the "Dubs" won we
would divert the route to end at the team's HQ. The art was good
To make a long story short, Virginia
and I decided to go. We rode light rail to Cisco Way and then her
tandem up to Warm Springs BART. Getting on BART, I was happy to
find that bungee chord in the trunk. With a bungee, the bike fit
nicely on the bike rack. Without it we'd have had to hold the
thing the whole way up to the Colosseum Station. BART doesn't have
built in bungees the way Caltrain does.
The ride got off to a funny start.
The plan was to take the pedestrian bridge people use to go from
BART to the Warriors home games. Unfortunately, when we got moving
at the top of the ramp we were met by a pair of security guards
that informed us we couldn't proceed. Our fearless leaders tried
to talk them out of being roadblocks, but they couldn't. We had to
turn around and figure something else out. Difficult when there
are a few hundred bicycles behind you and the path is only about
six feet wide. Despite the challenges, we managed. Soon enough, we
were riding on a nice bike trail, mere feet from the bays shore.
Virginia took all of these pictures,
I had my hands full steering the tandem.
We were near the front of the ride
until we got to the turn where we had previously agreed to pull
over and direct traffic. Soon after pulling over we had picked the
spot from which we yelled "Left turn Bike Party!" Not long after
that Virginia got out her camera and tried to get pictures of all
the eye catching sights as they went by.
Lots of people did something for the
theme, like wear a Warriors shirt or blue and gold. Probably the
guy on the unicycle was the standout.
Our birding duty was over when the
sweep got there. It seemed like everybody was ahead of us when we
Maybe half an hour later we'd
reached the first regroup, a park on the waterfront.
Virginia gave me a thumb drive with
all her pictures from the evening. I winnowed out the ones I
didn't like and put the rest here. Maybe the above isn't a good
representational photo, but I like the textures and mystery of it.
Yup, this bike party also stops for
Riding a tandem with your girlfriend
seems to be the hot new trend! We saw more of them then ever
Gotta get a selfie with the green
flag when you do EBBP! Don't get it on that last
picture? Don't worry, be happy.