Bike Party started slow for me this
time. None of the three starts was anywhere near Mountain View, so
rather than work extra hard to make one of those I joined at St.
James Park, where people were slowly trickling in starting about
After I got there I wandered around
being friendly among friends until I was inspired by these four
bikes parked like an ant hill. None of them had kick stands or any
of that stuff. The owners were just so good at going to the same
place that they had learned to lean the things against each other
in a stable unit. I started wowing about what goes into that and
they gave me a "we do that all the time" shrug. I still think it's
I didn't get the San Pepe Bike Party shirt until someone explained
to me that San Jose and San Pepe amount to the same city.
Eric brought a cake to honor Bike
Party's 6th Anniversary. That cake was very delicious, with
whipped cream icing and chocolate layers. I seem to remember
sliced strawberries between the layers.
Somewhere in this general time frame
Jarek took this overview picture of the gathering. You can see
that there were many of us there. Probably not long after this
picture was taken we all (or at least a lot of us) sang "Happy
Birthday" for bike party. :-)
I found it a bit cosmic that my
shirt from the first Dia De Las Muertes ride had a full moon on
it, just like the sky above us for this ride.
Andrew Boone counted 2,400 riders
leaving St James Park.
I took two pictures of this woman
because she looked so good in such totally different ways in the
different light levels.
This was the first night that the
raven bikes were out in force. Later I learned that they collected
256 gallons of trash or something like that. Raven Joe sent out a
facebook message a couple of days later about it.
I suppose I wasn't the only one that
found the fire art fascinating. For sure I heard a lot of clapping
every time the performer passed the flame to the next guy and
extinguished his torches.
After that regroup I was mostly in a
mood to just pedal forward and enjoy the evening. Didn't use my
camera much for the next leg of the trip.
I next pulled it out when we
reached the end of the ride. Cesar Chavez Plaza suddenly got a
drenching of government issue rain, meaning that the sprinklers
went on. I took this picture of a wet back to prove it.
At first conspiracy theorists were
muttering "they did it on purpose", but then we realized that it
was just that one section of the lawn. Probably just some timer
doing its job. The stone part of the place that has sprinklers
during the summer wasn't affected, so the dancing there pulled me
I rode past this Halloween display
on the way home. Spookiest spot on my way by a lot!