About the time I got there I
realized that participation in the theme was going to be a bit
light this time. I decided to just capture everything interesting
I could find. Stuff like that awesomely strong double legged kick
stand holding up that huge pair of speakers on that bike.
The guys giving out hot chocolate
were new faces to me. They introduced themselves as a local bike
club near the start. Wish I'd found out more, but I kept getting
distracted by fascinating pictures to take.
I know her real name isn't Betty
Pain, but that's what I see on facebook. This was the first time
I'd seen her at bike party in three or four years. She'd kept
current on the same people as me on facebook, so news like "John
went to Chico" was no news to her. I was glad to see her again.
She brought her guy with her. He was a new face to me.
Nat claimed that his shirt was on
theme "because the Packers are still alive in the playoffs!" I had
to go with it.
Jakie told me her "new year baby's"
name is Jennifer.
We rolled along for a while. I was
surprised to see our fearless leader, Frederick, birding a turn.
As every group of people rolled by he'd explain "Right on Santa
Clara, then right on Market, then right on Woz." Turned out that
was all the directions we needed to get to the regroup. There had
been a change of plan because of some official something. Anyhow,
thanks to his tireless efforts it worked out great.
The dance floor was hot. Lots of
people enjoying the scene there.
There was a very soft ending on that
regroup. I looked up and saw that there were a stream of bikes
riding away, but not that many. I enjoyed myself for a little
longer and looked up again. Again people were trickling away. It
got to the point where the crowd got thin and then I joined the
river of riders.
Frederick looks happy because he's
been hearing good things about how the ride is going from lots of
us. As our fearless leader he wanted to hear about any problems.
They were few and far between.
Enrique's friends are doing a food
stand as a fundraiser for their child that has been in and out of
the hospital a lot over the past year. If you want to do a good
deed, get a bacon wrapped hot dog from them the next time you see
them someplace. It won't cost you much, the condiments are better
than a lot of such vendors offer, and they need the money.
Not far from the end I saw Frederick
birding another turn. I'm in favor of filling in as needed, but we
gotta do more to keep our fearless leader from doing too much
grunt work. They burn out if we overwork them. Next time I see
Frederick birding a turn I'm going to pull over and volunteer to
do it for him, even if that means my next picture set won't be
that great. Good fearless leaders are hard to find! Please help
keep this one from burning out.
I was dithering around near the end
of the route and Gary told me that there was somebody back down
Dry Creek Road about a quarter mile that needed an alan wrench to
fix his bike. I went looking for whomever it was, but couldn't
find them. After that I headed for home.
It wasn't long after that when Lloyd caught up with me. He'd found
and helped the guy that needed his handlebars tightened down,
that's why I couldn't find him. He also had good things to say
about how the ride had gone overall. After a few minutes I
realized that I had to stop and install my good headlight from
About a block after I did that we
came upon this wreak. Lloyd was surprised that I hadn't heard it
happen while I was installing my headlight. We hung around for a
few minutes waving people around the crash site. Then the cops
showed up and I started wanting to move on. We rode on together
until he went straight and I went right on Lawrence. Somewhere in
there he said "If you hadn't needed to install your headlight we
probably would have been in the path of destruction." My funny
luck came through again!
Somewhere in Sunnyvale I got hungry
and pulled over to see what there was to eat in my bag. Turns out
there was a crushed fortune cookie Frederick had given me
somewhere in the evening. I think the fortune was "A
pleasant surprise is in store for you soon." Hope so. It would be
To make a long story short, I got
home at 3 AM after having pedaled about 45 miles, including all
the getting there and getting home from the 18 mile bike party. It
was a very nice evening. So happy I went!