For a couple of days before the ride
started the Sunnyvale and Palo Alto Police Departments were
warning about "Heavy bike traffic" from bike party. The Palo Alto
paper that morning warned about a "bicycle invasion". It was way
more hype than we were used to from San Jose.
Getting ready had a few glitches in
it for me, so I got to the start later than I should have. I still
had some time to gather pictures of those who honored the "Jungle
Ride" theme before we started riding.
I know, NINERS aren't jungle beings,
but it was a visually interesting shrine. Besides, everybody loves
Going up El Camino, I tried to get
one good picture at every stop light.
Ed doesn't dress up much for the
rides, but he's been to 46 straight bike parties. I think he holds
the record for "most consecutive rides". That's such a record I
try to document the accomplishment again every month.
You gotta look close to see the
alligator hats from this angle!
Jackie brought her grand-daughter
for her 4th or 5th bike party! By the time that girl can ride
she's going to have events she wants to ride in. So different from
the world I grew up in, in a very good way.
Law enforcement showed up on big
bikes with motors. At least they were not being super vindictive
with tickets the way Santa Clara is sometimes. I'd boo anybody
else that showed up on something with a fuel tank that needed it.
The Stanford regroup wasn't exactly
awesome. For one thing, security threw out the food trucks because
they didn't have permits. That meant that the relaxed vibe that
comes from having food available was missing. Not sure why, but it
did seem the whole regroup was shorter than they usually are.
Anyhow, I spent most of it talking to people so I didn't find that
many jungle denizens. One thing I heard was that the rider count
going up Castro St. Andrew Boone did was 2,200ish riders.
That guy riding on his back wheel
was able to stay up like that for hundreds of yards at a time.
When I first saw him riding I was worried I wouldn't be able to
get the picture before the stunt was over. Turned out I got the
camera out, charged the flash and took the picture with time to
spare. Probably could have tried again if I'd wanted to. Good
By this point in the evening most
people were more interested in having a good time than anything
else. I just rolled with it and had a good time to. Thank you Bike
Party for an awesome evening!
At the end I wasn't in a hurry to go
home for some reason. I wandered around picking up bike party's
cast off glow sticks. Then I arranged them on my handle bars.
Don't know why I took that last picture, but I'm sure the glow
sticks are what make it interesting.