I started this ride by taking
pictures of the people doing work to make a good time possible for
the rest of us. First I got most of the Ravens. Their work keeps
bike party's mess footprint down, which is key to keeping them
from closing us down.
Ronnie had more to do with the route
than anybody else. He also led the prerides and kept us moving
forward together. Thank you Ronnie!
Then I switched my focus to finding
"Science Ride" themed pictures. Stuff like Katie as a Star Trek
This was an oddly interesting setup.
A bike with a sidecar carrying a bike with a tailpipe and a
speaker that emitted real "put put put" sounds that ramped up in
frequency as you twist the handle. Science!
The Tripple Crown shirt explained
that he had ridden three 200 mile certified bike races in one year
to earn that shirt. For sure he's a stronger rider than most of
John explained that he got the lab
coat back when he was a rocket scientist. He'd been unable to dig
up the big gloves and glasses that went with the lab coat.
I rarely see one of those buses with
the driver windshield that opens up. I remember talking to a guy
in 1992 that had one of them. He said he enjoyed sitting in the
drivers seat and vending through the front window. That was a
feature they stopped building into the things many years ago.
I'm loving the couple that added
elements of truth to their names for the theme.
Ed is now up to 60 consecutive bike
Boone was counting us as we went by.
When I took this picture he said the count was 1200ish. Never did
hear the final count. My guess is that there were 2000ish of us.
That naturalist was riding a beast
with antlers. What a concept!
That woman with the moon in her hair
was something else. I took another picture with flash, but it
didn't capture the moon well at all. In bright lights her hair is
This was the scene rolling into the
I was happy to find a cookie vendor
that sold me a peanut butter cookie for one dollar. Yumm!
She goes by Aim DeKill. I know her
as a SVRG and a bike party regular. Always a pleasure to run into
That kid was doing stunt riding
tricks in the parking lot. Just didn't work at it enough to get a
good action shot.
Thank you sound bike for the music
you gave us!
It helps the ravens a lot if you
just put your empty containers in their bucket.
Not that far past the 49er stadium I
found these guys who had a blow out that had somehow ripped out
the side of their tire. They were looking for something to patch
it with. I volunteered a sticker. I knew it would work because it
had for me on a previous ride.
The dance floor was really happening
at the second regroup! I put my camera away and joined them for a
The ride back to the start seemed
uneventful. The official route was complicated, but somehow a huge
percentage of us just went straight down this one wide straight
street. Not sure what happened. I just followed the people in
front of me. I didn't even realize there was a problem until Ed
pointed it out to me.
At the end of the ride I was too
keyed up to go home right away. I hung around the parking lot
looking for interesting pictures for a while. Thinks like this
pickup that is likely older than most of the people riding.
The guys that had the tire with the
blowout in the side were glad to tell me that the sticker had held
for the rest of the ride. They were happy to remember that I had
stopped to help.
Isaul gave that young couple a lot
of help getting through the ride. They had some technical
difficulty. I think it was a broken chain, but there might have
been more to it.
Thank you food trucks and friends
for being there!