To make a long story short, Virginia
and I spent several evenings working on our Ms. PacMan costumes.
We made highly reflective costumes with fun details. She was Ms.
PacMan herself, and I was a blue ghost. We also added details like
a power pill on the bike so she could "waka-waka" it like any
other player of the game. When we got there it turned out we
weren't the only ones that honored PacMan. Cami had nice tights in
the same theme.
Mario and Pokemon were also honored
Audio is a game, and this bike was
all about providing a sound track for the ride.
Donkey Kong in the house!
The shadows were long already when
we gathered. The parking lot was very full by the time we started
Once we got rolling I could only
take pictures when stopped at lights. Virginia was able to take
pictures of people rolling.
Adam explained that his kit is the
same as that of the avatar in the sports video game Tour de France
2014 or something like that.
When we got to the first regroup we
wandered independently for a while.
Joel was riding a home made
recumbent trike. He said "I wanted to find out what it felt like
to ride a rear steering machine so I made one. Most of the time
it's great, but the response gets a bit unpredictable when it goes
over potholes." I'd say his ride was a bit more adventurous than
There was a bike laying on its
handlebars with the front wheel spinning. I was drawn to it by the
Mario image, on theme for sure. Then I realized it was cycling
through images from a variety of games. Every thing from Rubik's
cube to open source and surviving in traffic. Regretting that I
didn't talk to the guy that was spinning the wheel to find out
more about how he did that. Great sight though!
Dancing with a dog! Actually, there
was lots of dancing.
Dancing with light!
Frederick explained that we don't
have porta-potties this month because nobody volunteered to haul
them. Those doing the pee-pee dance were on their own. Hopefully
someone will step forward to help out next time!
Virginia took these pictures of the
fire spinners dance. I was too far away to get them, although I
did see them way over there.
I danced with Virginia for a while.
All too soon I realized that it was
time to go. We had signed up to bird the corner of 24th and
Julian, so there was no time to waste getting there. People were
already heading out. We zoomed there. Unfortunately, I guessed
wrong on the tandem's ability to climb that last curb. We took a
spill. I landed bad. Went ahead and birded the corner. It was a
treat to see so many friends go by in such a great mood.
When it was over we got home as quickly as possible. Then Virginia
took me to the hospital. They took X-Rays. The guy that pushed the
gurney to the X-Ray lab told me that something like 30% of their
patients in the summer have injuries like mine. After he looked at
the X-Rays the Dr. said "Separated Shoulder. Stay off your bike
for a month or so. Don't injure it again and you'll be fine soon
enough." Looking forward to riding again, but not going to do it
until I can get through a day without feeling any shoulder pain.