Usually I get to the start early and
spend some time wandering around taking pictures while the
costumes are at their peaks and so forth. This time Virginia and I
spent a lot of time on our costumes. It was the kind of thing
where we kept coming up with another good idea and it kept pushing
back the moment when we headed out. We hauled ass on the way down
there. Got to the start just in time to join the parade. Then we
birded the "Right on California!" turn. Watching bike party go by,
I learned that theme participation was light this month. Still
there were some good ones. I worked on finding those to document
them at the first regroup.
A rocket ship/sound system.
Astronauts, including a bear with a
lit tomahawk crown.
Virginia and I showed up on
spaceship VATN-147. The arrow was for telling bike party to go
"right on California!" Most of the time we spent riding we'd play
wookie and princess. She'd go "Warp speed wookie!" I'd groan out
some Chewbacca-ish growly sound.
I had look hard to find theme
participation this month. Things like stars and moons and
spaceships in the art on peoples backs.
The galaxy in Lauren's hair. The
stars on Karen's tights.
The Lockheed/Martin cycling team
showed up in their cycling kits with close ups of our Sun on the
front. Sally Ride was there.
I heard later that the white rocket
ship came in billions of dollars under budget, unlike the stuff
NASA really puts out.
Seemed like the crowd was a few hundred people, not bad for a
night that the weather report said would end in rain. The rainfall
wasn't noticeable, although the sky was quite threatening by the
time it was over.
We parted company with bike party
where they turned left on the 237 access road. It was three turns
before the end of the ride, and by far the closest the ride got to
where I actually live. It was really a treat to do bike party and
then have a short ride home afterwards. Thank you bike party for
visiting the peninsula!