Bike Party was all about releasing
your inner Hawaiian this month...
Need a light? This vendor will
gladly sell you a blinking tail light for $5. She is there over
and over, so she must be doing something right. One of the many
regulars that helps out I've never seen at a bird meeting.
About then I noticed that there were
lots and lots of riders in the parking lot!
About then I noticed that there was
a tide of bikes headed for the road. I joined them.
I didn't use my camera again until
we were well into the next regroup...
At this point I found a corner where
birding could be helpful. I caught pictures of people going by as
the opportunity presented itself. Mostly I just yelled "bike party
left turn" over and over as the crowd passed.
After a while the trickle of
bicyclists coming into the intersection get thinner and thinner. I
got to the point where I was much more interested in riding than
waiting and got back on my bike. It wasn't long before I was
passing groups of people fixing flats or stretching or just
talking. I kept rolling.
There were fireworks in the
distance. I realized that they were coming from the regroup. I
started being passed by clumps of individuals going the other way.
I was on Disk Drive, the road that dead ended at the second
regroup. I was so far behind I figured I'd just join them and ride
along. Seemed like it was already late enough that the stop just
wasn't worth it.
Then I found another intersection
where Birding could help. I spent a long time reminding people to
turn right on 10th St.
The crowd got real thin near the end of the
time I was birding "right on 10th St." over and over. After a
while this guy came back and said "I think we're the back of the
pack." I wasn't sure, so I waited a few more minutes and nobody
else showed up. Then I realized I'd met the volunteer sweep that
the crowd organically developed. I'm wishing now I'd told
the guy about connecting up with the birds. The "management" could
use some new members/leaders/birds with patches/whatever you call
Nona was giving pizza to those that
stepped up during the ride. The piece she gave me was delicious.
Thank you Nona!
When the party was over it was time
to ride home to Mountain View. This was the rest of the northbound
group. The four of us were happy with how the ride had worked out.
I took these pictures at some 7-11 we stopped at for water.