Mexico is by far the favorite team in
San Jose. I was seeing green everywhere.
There was this ramp with a cleared
space around it. Kids were doing flying tricks. There was a large and
growing crowd of people watching the action.
I saw quite a few people fly, but I
didn't see anybody fall.
Beyond the beans, there was some kind
of an electrical system in that white cart. It was pumping out tunes
that just made me want to dance. The pedalers were probably powered by
beans though. I've done many bike parties on burrito power, which
always has lots of beans in it.
I love it when bike party stops at red
The fine print on those blue shirts
reveals that they are Italy fans.
I wish I knew what the red and white
If I knew where to get a vuvuzella, I'd
probably get one. They make a marvelous amount of sound.
It blew my mind to see this kid quietly
watching cartoons on TV in the midst of all the comedy of bike party.
Somebodys gift to bike party was
fireworks. There was more of that kind of thing than I ever remember
Sometime around when this picture was
taken they asked everybody to hoist their bikes over their heads. I
wasn't ready at the time. You can see a good picture of that by clicking
I think Gonzalez is the Chilean who
scored a goal against Switzerland.
TreatBot was at all of the breaks in
the ride. I succumbed at the last break, and my cone was delicious. One
thing about bike party that has really evolved is that there are more
food vendors at the breaks than there used to be. Now you can show up
hungry with money in your pocket, and you'll do okay. It wasn't like
that back in the Bush II era.
This pair of burners were the last bike
partiers I talked to before setting out for Mountain View. To do that I
went up Capitol to Hostetter (which turned into Murphy and then
Brokaw), through the airport, around the runway, and up Central
Expressway to Mountain View. I remember them vividly, because the guy
remarked that "bike party is sustainable. The way the guy said
"sustainable" made it sound like the essence of everything good.