Going into this one I wasn't real
sure what a "Raver" looked like. I just took pictures of everyone
that looked out of the ordinary or eye catching in some other way.
I also took pictures of everyone else that wanted their picture
taken. Check out the best of what I found by scolling down this
The guy in the black shirt explained
that it was a "Jamaican Lion".
We started rolling just before the
sun went down, when the shadows were getting long. Summer light!
You can't tell from looking at the
sign, but we were waiting at Matrix when I took this picture.
Seems to me the road had a different name before they put in that
fancy casino, but I forget what it was.
I censored the number on that
license because the guy behind the wheel saw me taking a picture
and said "I don't want to get in trouble." He's just another law
abiding citizen if you want my opinion.
That's a fireworks display above the
The regroup was mostly a time of
wandering around talking to people. It was a huge parking lot full
of small clusters of friends. There was enough sound coming off
music bikes that the talking people weren't all I heard. The tone
of the sound was beautiful.
I remember talking to one guy that said he'd gone into the
military as an enlisted man and come out as an officer after three
tours of duty in Iraq.
There was a couple selling T shirts with "I BIKE THIS CITY" on the
front, with the "bike" being a picture of a bike. The back had "SJ
BIKE PARTY" in very big letters. I tried to get a picture of them,
but I couldn't get a good one. I wish I'd gotten one of their
All too soon we were rolling again.
By this time the ride was very
strung out. People started rolling from the regroup as they got
around to it, which is different from the start when everybody
wanted to get rolling at the same time. So instead of barely
enough space it was comfortable to ride along.
The next stop was the "secret rave
location". They had a real DJ, and he was mixing it down with a
turntable and everything else.
It was awesome. A big dance floor
with a jumping crowd. Glow sticks and such were flying up at
random intervals from the dancers. A good time was had by all.
I've never seen that much dancing in a San Jose Bike Party before!
I wouldn't say the food trucks were
slammed, but they kept busy for sure.
Once we got rolling again I birded
the corner of Tully with Cameron until the crowd got very thin.
Then it was time to head for Mountain View. I was tired and
reasonably content. It had been a very nice bike party!