My camera isn't that good at taking
pictures in the dark. I've known that for years, but this time it
was a limiting factor in the pictures I could take. Since bike
party is all about enjoying the moment anyhow, I just decided to
do the event in a blurry mood. There were moments of clarity, but
mostly it was just art this time...
Vallco was about where the regroup
was. It was spread across several parking lots. I didn't see all
You know a picture was taken right
after the light changes when you see a green light with wheels so
still you can see the spokes in low light.
The light show coming off that
recumbent trike was really something else.
DJ Stealth Duck was keeping them
dancing. I joined in for a while. After the music stopped the
reality of cold weather and miles to go set in. Usually after the
second regroup bike party sort of melts into the landscape, and
this time wasn't any different. Riding back to the end I had
gloves on, which doesn't work for taking pictures. Ended up riding
with a smallish pack that was going a nice speed.
The feeling of "we did a good thing
and a lot of people had some fun" was in the air at the end. Most
people didn't stop for long, just packed up and went home. There
were a few that weren't ready to leave yet and we sort of lurked
under the lights in the parking lot corner for a while. I asked
Ralph about the "local cycles" on his shirt and he explained that
it was a local bike shop in the NYC area. He'd worked there long
enough that he got the shirt with his paycheck or something like
that. It was classic blue collar work wear, The kind of thing
that's plenty warm enough for a really drafty workshop in the
northeast. A really great shirt, all things considered.