I was iffy about going to East Bay
Bike Party until I got an email from Camille saying "have fun at
bike party" or something like that. Then I figured out what the
train schedule was and hopped on Caltrain at about the right time.
Unfortunately, when I got on the BART train I didn't realize I was
on the wrong train until I got to Orinda.
The ride rolls at 7:30. It's 7:05
and the train that's going my way doesn't get here until 7:15ish.
Then there's a 20 minute ride to get to Fruitvale BART. Obviously
they will be long gone when I get there. I almost gave up. But
then I figured "I might as well try."
Turned out well. When we got off the
BART at Fruitvale there were something like 50 of us. Nobody knew
how to find the ride, because they only gave out route sheets at
the beginning. So those amazing people with their pocket smart
phones started looking through their contacts for someone that was
on the ride. Soon enough somebody had someone else on the line who
read the directions to the first regroup to us over the phone.
After that I just pedaled like mad and did my best to keep up with
the people that knew where they were going. Soon enough we were
passing people that were out because the parade of bicycles had
drawn them out. They offered encouragement. Luckily we caught them
just before the first regroup.
The theme was "Light at the End of
the Tunnel". What that boiled down to was a sprinkling of bikes
with lights and glow wire. For most it was just a party with
friends. I'd say there were several hundred of us out for it
The Recycle bicycle was awesome! I
remember it because it was about the only place I could find for
the empty can I wanted to get rid of. It was easy to see from far
away once I knew what to look for. Thank you recycling activist!
It's hard to describe the
awesomeness of that bike Mark (the guy with the lit vest) is
riding. For one thing, it has three huge good quality speakers and
the sound system to drive them with good tunes. Mark has good
enough taste in music, so usually you hear loud and infectious.
For another it had the brightest lights of any bike there that
evening. In the picture they are blue, but over time it cycles
through a rainbow of colors. I'd call it the current "best in
class" among lit music bikes.
There was a regroup a few miles
later. I spent some of it pushing stickers, but after a while I
found this Polish woman and had a beer with her. Turns out her
lifestyle isn't that different from mine. Then we rolled to the
This guy started spinning these lit
ballish things. It was a treat to watch so I took a few pictures
Then it was time to go. When I got
to the BART station it was very clear that I'd missed the last
Caltrain to Mountain View. I took BART to Union City and pedaled
the rest of the way home. I was very tired when I finally put away
my bike and went to bed.
Then a few days later a musician I'd
sold a sticker to sent me this picture of where he installed it. I
liked finding out that my sticker was on the same instrument as
CALIFORNIA LOVE. I like sharing the proof with you. It's a better
ending for the story than I had any right to expect. :-)