The unfortunate news is that Bob,
one of the birds that has been with bike party since before I
started doing it, has just got a job in Arizona. Good for him, he
needed it. Bad for bike party, but that's the way the cookie
crumbles. The better news was that he decided to celebrate by
hosting a starter party to get people in the mood. I got there
early enough that people were still having a good time.
It wasn't long before the party
turned into a pre-ride, heading for the official start of the
ride, Plaza Del Sol in Sunnyvale.
Participation in the theme,
"Valentines Day Massacre", was very thin. I decided to augment my
usual theme pictures with pictures of us waiting at red lights.
Sometimes the light changed before
my shutter snapped. You can tell from the foot on the ground for
some of the riders that the light had recently turned green.
Once the traffic flow got
established this is what it looked like. A steady stream of bikes,
plenty of room for evasive maneuvers if the guy in front of you
fell off or whatever, but plenty close enough for interesting
conversation with the people riding nearby. There was lots of
party noise coming off the crowd, with conversation augmented by
sound systems that ranged from small boom boxes to elaborate
stereos on carts being dragged behind strong men.
I heard later that the whole ride
was about 850 people. The vibe was fine.
At the regroup I had to look hard to
find theme participation. It felt like playing "where's waldo".
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