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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time
Thread started by nathansnider at 06.28.09 - 3:44 am

"One or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there."

It's a bike ride.

And a bike ride is many things. Among these many things, you may discover the following:

-full moon picnics
-inconvenient passageways
-"cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
-disorientation
-reorientation
-pool halls
-karaoke
-geocaching
-traffic median tea parties
-rivers that no longer exist
-bowling alleys
-smell tourism
-Couchwick v2.0

Started by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.

This week, we will be enthusiastically covering Midnight Ridazz #13 - E.T., The Ride.

We meet at 8:30pm at California Donuts #21.
We ride at 9pm.
Metro riders, we will do our best to return you to your spaceship in time for you to return to your home planet (that is to say, by midnight).

Yes, this is really the name of the ride. Early drafts of the name sent out for review were returned with large quantities of red ink describing the text as "geeky," "awkward" and "sprawling," with calls for "more action words!!!" and frequent admonitions to "show; don't tell!!!" One reviewer simply crossed out all the words and wrote: "The hacienda must be built." We feel that these criticisms are themselves quite perfect descriptions of the ride, and so the name will remain.

Add your own red ink here.

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this is the kind of ride that makes me miss LA. have fun guys!



tfunk408
06.29.09 - 3:46 am

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Tomorrow night!



theroyalacademy
06.29.09 - 9:42 am

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im interested in this "smell tourism." please tell me more.



tortuga_veloce
06.29.09 - 9:47 am

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this looks awesome

anyone want to burn some trees out of the peace pipe?



LionSaciDking
06.29.09 - 9:51 am

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this does look awesome, i'm so sad i can't make it this week, but perhaps next...

of course it starts at a donut shop :P



steph
responding to a comment by LionSaciDking
06.29.09 - 12:09 pm

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FYI: Don't want to be a dick, but this isn't a particularly "peace pipe"-friendly ride. There are plenty of other rides for that. Thanks.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by LionSaciDking
06.29.09 - 12:25 pm

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understandably, but you must admit that starting it at a donut shop is bound to attract that element. personally, im just looking forward to the "smell tourism."



tortuga_veloce
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
06.29.09 - 12:28 pm

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boo on peace



steph
responding to a comment by tortuga_veloce
06.29.09 - 12:37 pm

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In my experience, CA Donuts #21 mostly attract cops.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by tortuga_veloce
06.29.09 - 12:43 pm

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"attracts"



theroyalacademy
06.29.09 - 12:43 pm

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http://img.timeinc.net/time/photoessays/2008/miniatures/miniatures_01.jpg



gado_gado
06.29.09 - 1:01 pm

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Get a car, hippie!



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by steph
06.29.09 - 1:05 pm

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yeeeek, geocachinggg



azn invazn
06.29.09 - 1:08 pm

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The "smell tourism" idea was stolen from someone else (I'm sorry that I don't remember who it was) who talked about planning a "smells of Vernon" ride. I don't know whether that suggestion was serious, but it seemed like such an interesting idea that it has to be done - not necessarily just in Vernon, though Vernon has so many smells that it would be almost impossible to leave it off the itinerary.

Suggestions for good smells to visit would of course be welcome. Does anybody have a smell map of Los Angeles? Does anybody want to make one?



nathansnider
responding to a comment by tortuga_veloce
06.29.09 - 1:28 pm

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vernon smells like dog food....
the dry kind.



Gizzard
responding to a comment by nathansnider
06.29.09 - 1:30 pm

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no way i've been wanting to plan a Tour de Smell for ages. oh well, i should have guessed someone would eventually do one.

i'm down to help with a map, although most of mine involved food. there's this one bridge in east la that always smells like cookies, my favorite.



steph
responding to a comment by nathansnider
06.29.09 - 1:33 pm

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Also, we now have (partial) lyrics to Skull's original Midnight Ridazz anthem, which will be sung at the entrance to the LA River bike path tomorrow night, just as it was on the original E.T. Ride oh-so-many moons ago.



nathansnider
06.29.09 - 1:34 pm

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Also might need some help from some of the Midnight Designerdzz on a typographic route I've been thinking about.......



theroyalacademy
06.29.09 - 2:02 pm

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what kind of tires do you reccomend for this?



gado_gado
responding to a comment by nathansnider
06.29.09 - 2:03 pm

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Regular skinny road tires are ideal. The forest portion of the ride this week is all paved, if that's what you're wondering about.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by gado_gado
06.29.09 - 2:18 pm

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cool. Thanks.



gado_gado
responding to a comment by nathansnider
06.29.09 - 2:19 pm

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COOKIE BRIDGE USA



Graham
responding to a comment by steph
06.29.09 - 2:21 pm

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the smell is near third and main. duh.



ruinedbyidiots
06.29.09 - 4:33 pm

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Tour De Fonts!



canadienne
06.29.09 - 5:02 pm

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Very interesting ride. Think I'll be there.



GodLovesUgly
06.29.09 - 5:12 pm

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i will be there if i can stop vomiting



ephemerae
06.29.09 - 8:01 pm

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TMI hardy TMI...

Can't join you boys this week as I'm packing to move back to LA. But will definately be there next week!!

xo



feelingrandy
responding to a comment by ephemerae
06.29.09 - 8:13 pm

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I'm pretty sure that was me that you were talking to in regards to the smells of Vernon. I was mentioning this to a few people. Vernon is the de facto prime territory for gross smells. There's the smell of death from meat processors, sausage makers, and poultry processors. Then you've got all the other food processors there to balance it all out. Not the place to go for pleasant fragrances.

This ride looks great, can't wait!



User1
responding to a comment by nathansnider
06.29.09 - 9:15 pm

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yes!!!!



tinycities
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
06.30.09 - 3:01 pm

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is this ride newbie/cruiser friendly?



aksendz
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
06.30.09 - 3:05 pm

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no



ruinedbyidiots
responding to a comment by aksendz
06.30.09 - 3:08 pm

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pretty hardcore.



tehvenom
responding to a comment by ruinedbyidiots
06.30.09 - 3:36 pm

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So this will end at the Red Lion?

Thanks!



gado_gado
06.30.09 - 3:46 pm

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Nathan's in charge this week, so I am not 100% sure what the plan is -- but the ride will certainly eventually end back at the meeting point.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by gado_gado
06.30.09 - 4:20 pm

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ironic how Loser1 talks about gross smells because he doesn't realize it's coming from his incontinence



spiraldemon
responding to a comment by User1
06.30.09 - 4:25 pm

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@nathansnider I've been talking about a smell ride for a little while, and I think mixtemotions has mentioned one, as well. One good place is up San Fernando Blvd., west? north? of Figueroa Blvd. There is a sourdough bread bakery, a Peking Noodle Company (fresh-baked fortune cookie smell!), a candle-making company, and a tortilleria. You don't necessarily smell them all at the same time, but sometimes you do, one right after another. It's the BEST RIDE when they're all going!

Also, the El Pato facility just across the river near 4th street (we passed it on Stevo's Grateful Dead Ride) always smells like chiles and vinegar.



Ms. Stephanie
responding to a comment by spiraldemon
06.30.09 - 5:06 pm

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quack quack!



ruinedbyidiots
responding to a comment by Ms. Stephanie
06.30.09 - 5:09 pm

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E.T. looks like Jeff...





Joe Borfo
06.30.09 - 6:45 pm

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Thank you everyone for coming out tonight. We had representation from all over town, which was really cool. Hope y'all had a good time. See you next week!

SPARKS!



theroyalacademy
07.1.09 - 1:25 am

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wwohoo! Just got home. Great ride! Really liked the route, reminded me of zoobomb at times.



jonnyboy
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
07.1.09 - 1:29 am

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THANK YOU so much for tonight! it was an awesome route/ride.. made me learn to love hills.. :), i really like that we hardly stopped only for a few minutes to regroup and when that accident happened, i


I will be showing up to all these future rides. Will this be weekly or monthly?



Thegirlinglass
07.1.09 - 2:04 am

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Every Tuesday!



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Thegirlinglass
07.1.09 - 10:42 am

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how is aksendz feeling after his accident?



ruinedbyidiots
07.1.09 - 12:34 pm

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I can believe I missed this. I thought it was wednesday. Boo. I suck.






Tarmonster.
07.1.09 - 12:43 pm

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cant*



Tarmonster.
07.1.09 - 12:44 pm

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Some photos from last night by WAAG.

Full set here on FaceBook



gado_gado
07.1.09 - 12:54 pm

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HOLE!



gado_gado
07.1.09 - 12:55 pm

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"'Tis merely a flesh wound!"



gado_gado
07.1.09 - 12:57 pm

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Beee Gooooood!



gado_gado
07.1.09 - 12:57 pm

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Seriously a great ride! Beautiful scenery and a really great crowd!



Gizzard
07.1.09 - 12:59 pm

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Cause we don't have enough weekly tuesday rides already? Thought this was a one off ride thing. Out of all the days in the week, you guys pick Tuesday? Really???

OK OK I know it's a free world and you can pick any day you want, but what made you guys pick Tuesday?



User1
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
07.1.09 - 1:04 pm

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yo momma



gado_gado
responding to a comment by User1
07.1.09 - 1:07 pm

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I'm jelouse.



Tarmonster.
07.1.09 - 1:09 pm

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The funniest part was when we were joking, "Ha, it looks like that guy is peeing in the hole!"

And then it turned out he was.

Take that, stupid pothole!



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by gado_gado
07.1.09 - 1:24 pm

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The great thing about a weekly ride is that there is always next week.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Tarmonster.
07.1.09 - 1:34 pm

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i though i was hurt more than it looks in the pictures.
rbi,
i'm doing alright.
by recommendations at the doc at SMC, got a tenus shots and applied anti biotic cream covered with a semi permeable bandage

i realized in class i did hit my had, i have a small bump.

thank y'all who helped me out after!!!

i still haven't cheked the damage on my bike =/



aksendz
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
07.1.09 - 4:27 pm

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the antibiotics will help fight off the staph infections that you can get from the la streets. thats why i suggested you wash out the road rash near your elbow. as for your bike, the back tire was wobbly as shit from griffith to the start point. i dont know if it was like that before the ride or what.



ruinedbyidiots
responding to a comment by aksendz
07.1.09 - 4:29 pm

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glad to hear you're doing better!

hope your bike is okay :/



Thegirlinglass
responding to a comment by aksendz
07.1.09 - 4:48 pm

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Thanks again to everybody who came out last night. It was great to see so many people coming from all over the city. Special thanks to our medics, mechanics and antenna operators. E.T. could not have phoned home without you.

The smell ride will happen, perhaps in two weeks. I'm starting work on a smell map now, so keep posting your suggestions!

Speaking of maps, I'm also going to start collecting route maps from old rides so that next time we "cover" a ride, we'll have a bunch to choose from.

@User1, we picked Tuesday because that's the day we picked. Is there some hidden eighth day of the week that doesn't already have multiple established rides? Plus, this way, there's always the possibility of meeting up with other rides in a different part of the city, intentionally or by chance. Serendipitous convergence; it's what we do.



nathansnider
07.1.09 - 7:31 pm

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No eighth day, but there's days that don't have very much happening and days that seem to have alot of rides happening. Tuesday is a day that seems to have alot of rides happening. I would like to do serendipitous convergence everyday, not just Tuesday. Right now seems like that's just possible on Tuesday.

But like they say, it's a free world out there and I'm always free to do my own ride. So more power to you.



User1
responding to a comment by nathansnider
07.1.09 - 7:42 pm

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can't wait to see what next week has in store!



Thegirlinglass
07.1.09 - 11:13 pm

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what time did the ride go on til?



tfunk408
07.2.09 - 12:07 am

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till 1:45ish.. we hardly stopped at all.. the only times we did was to regroup/say hi to the cribbage club.. anddd when there was the accident when we stopped to bandage people and fix bikes



Thegirlinglass
07.2.09 - 12:13 am

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this tuesday's ride should be awesomeeee

passing under/over the 101 as many times as possible



Thegirlinglass
07.5.09 - 11:30 am

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i want to go again this week but man i need a better front light first, seriuosly.



tinycities
07.5.09 - 11:41 am

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seriously me too



Thegirlinglass
responding to a comment by tinycities
07.5.09 - 3:04 pm

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Good lights are always a good idea, but just FYI there are no bike paths and no parks on this week's route. Which doesn't mean there won't be dark parks or road hazards, but certainly no extended stretches of darkness like last week.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Thegirlinglass
07.6.09 - 10:27 am

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...which doesn't mean there won't be dark PARTS or.....



theroyalacademy
07.6.09 - 10:28 am

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i feel ya. i am excited.. so i heard you're cutting down on this weeks route to make it not as long?



Thegirlinglass
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
07.6.09 - 10:54 am

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Yeah, well, even though it is only about 7 or 8 miles from Hollywood to downtown, with all the weaving and such the route I sketched out was about 30. It'll be more fun if we don't have to rush. We'll see how it goes. If we're running "ahead of schedule," we might do it all.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Thegirlinglass
07.6.09 - 12:26 pm

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Last week's route map.



nathansnider
07.6.09 - 6:00 pm

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This week's route map? ------>

Sweet!



nathansnider
07.6.09 - 6:07 pm

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Tonight!

I'd like to join you all, but I may be resting up following a low-speed encounter between my bicycle and an automobile, or more to the point, a low-speed encounter between my tailbone and the pavement. The bicycle, being made of heavy Japanese steel, held up admirably. My tailbone, being made of a lightweight American composite, sustained only minor damage. The automobile and its driver, both of undetermined Silverlake provenance, seemed shaken up, but otherwise intact.

I hope to be healed in time to scout some smells for next week.



nathansnider
07.7.09 - 1:10 pm

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OH NO! You okay??? Tailbone... ouch.
I bruised mine when I was a kid, bombing down a slide that looked like this ---->



canadienne
responding to a comment by nathansnider
07.7.09 - 2:12 pm

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Hope you're ok Nathan. Get well soon.



User1
responding to a comment by nathansnider
07.7.09 - 2:19 pm

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I'll be alright. I'll just be ambling about like a Frankenstein monster for a little while. I hope it doesn't take too long...



nathansnider
07.7.09 - 2:37 pm

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would one of those huge beach cruiser comfort saddles help?



ruinedbyidiots
responding to a comment by nathansnider
07.7.09 - 2:42 pm

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I actually already have a ridiculously thick padded saddle on the Centurion, and I was able to ride on it alright after the accident. I'll have to see how easy it is to ride now that the adrenaline has stopped flowing.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by ruinedbyidiots
07.7.09 - 2:54 pm

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It's beret time!



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by nathansnider
07.13.09 - 2:52 am

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Le Woot!



nathansnider
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
07.13.09 - 6:11 pm

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Dans tes bouches dot com!



canadienne
07.13.09 - 7:41 pm

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bosse!

who's down? I know I am.



canadienne
07.14.09 - 6:18 pm

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Oui, oui! Ça Ira!

Little known fact: The hymns of the French Revolution sound best when sung in a concrete tunnel beneath the 101, as they were originally intended. Don't let any historical revisionists tell you otherwise!



nathansnider
responding to a comment by canadienne
07.14.09 - 6:53 pm

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J'ai besoin de travail en retard!

... hopefully not so late that I can't catch you guys shortly after the start. Argh, I say! Zut, even!



canadienne
07.14.09 - 7:50 pm

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er... yeah... it was too late. Got off work at 10:15. Quelle déception.



canadienne
07.15.09 - 10:06 am

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Yep wanted to come out to this but got out of work too late!

When is this notorious smell ride coming up?



jonnyboy
07.15.09 - 10:08 am

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hopefully the ride went well last night

but i am down for the smell ride soon!



Thegirlinglass
07.15.09 - 10:13 am

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The hacienda must be smelt!

I'm healed up enough to scout the ride, so that's what I'll be doing once I get back in town. Expect an announcement in the next couple days.



nathansnider
07.15.09 - 9:55 pm

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Get your noses ready, people. Tour de Smell is a go!



nathansnider
07.20.09 - 7:48 am

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Just to warn you, dude, I might not be able to make it tomorrow. I'm having some post-soccer foot issues.

But, hopefully, all should be healed up in time for the ride.



theroyalacademy
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07.20.09 - 11:12 pm

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Bummer. I hope you heal up for the ride, but it not, don't push it. So long as we can manage to keep taking turns with our injuries, we'll be able to keep rolling.



nathansnider
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07.20.09 - 11:23 pm

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Also, everyone come out, because this week is going to be a great route. We've got sights, sounds and smells! I'm sure we can work something out for the other senses too, in case anyone feels the need to interact with the city using touch and taste.



nathansnider
07.20.09 - 11:35 pm

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Bump.

Tonight!



nathansnider
07.21.09 - 4:22 pm

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This ride stinks.



Joe Borfo
07.21.09 - 4:26 pm

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This ride is fragrant.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by Joe Borfo
07.21.09 - 4:44 pm

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I really do want to go on this... Darn Scheduling!



Joe Borfo
responding to a comment by nathansnider
07.21.09 - 4:47 pm

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You mean you won't be there????

Damn, I'm sooooooooo there tonite!!!



User1
responding to a comment by Joe Borfo
07.21.09 - 4:51 pm

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I knew it.



Joe Borfo
responding to a comment by User1
07.21.09 - 4:52 pm

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Allan will provide all the nasty smells tonight.



Joe Borfo
responding to a comment by User1
07.21.09 - 5:11 pm

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He's right! I haven't showered for a week now.

You'll be missed Borfo, but I got it handled.



User1
responding to a comment by Joe Borfo
07.21.09 - 5:29 pm

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Aw, no Borfo? Bummer! But User1 is coming! Yay?

The seeking of smells can be a rough business, so everyone make sure that your lights are working and your tires are fully inflated tonight. Smell you later!




nathansnider
07.21.09 - 6:31 pm

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Thanks, for coming out, everybody!

Here is the route.

Here is some background on the land (and the smells) beneath Vista Hermosa Park and the Belmont Learning Center.

Here is some background on the weird politics that keep Vernon the smelly place that it is.



nathansnider
07.22.09 - 2:18 am

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thanks for everything!

awesome ride.



coldcut
07.22.09 - 3:12 am

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Thanks Nathan and Sean!

I loved seeing neat places in LA that I have never seen before.

Allan, thank you again for providing all the smells.



Joe Borfo
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07.22.09 - 10:53 am

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My pleasure Borfee!!!

My favorite was the poop smell.

Nathan and Sean,
thanks for putting the ride together. I'm glad I made it. It was a great route and ended up learning something in the process. Never knew Vernon was that wicked. Hitting the LA River at that spot was cool too. That had to be the fastest and easiest 20 mile group ride I ever did.

Thanks again.



User1
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07.22.09 - 1:52 pm

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Loser1 can't help smelling like ass. he's incontinent, has poor personal hygiene, has an aversion to soap and water, and can't remember what deodorant is for



spiraldemon
responding to a comment by User1
07.22.09 - 1:59 pm

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Has any body done this route? Not quite. But we're going to be doing something pretty close this week, along with some other fun stuff.

Geared bikes + good lights = recommended.



theroyalacademy
07.28.09 - 12:04 am

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awww i want to do this ride. so awesome. oy its going to be some climbing for sure.



mechazawa
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
07.28.09 - 2:29 am

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As any body who has done this route knows, it's a lot of fun. So any body who hasn't done this route should come out and do this route tonight!



nathansnider
07.28.09 - 5:50 pm

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theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by nathansnider
07.28.09 - 6:41 pm

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Harmony of the Spheres!

Are you ready?





nathansnider
08.3.09 - 3:04 am

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Nice, and on a less than 24 hours away from the full moon too.



braydon
responding to a comment by nathansnider
08.3.09 - 10:22 am

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HELL YES bowling and biking :)


Count me in!



Thegirlinglass
08.3.09 - 10:26 am

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Did you know?

The shortest distance between two points on the surface of a sphere can be calculated using the formula:



The formula for the funnest distance between two points on the surface of a sphere remains a subject of fierce debate, but we will attempt to derive the equation tonight!



nathansnider
08.4.09 - 4:11 pm

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This post alone is enough to make me want to come out tonight. (Once again, I will try.)



canadienne
responding to a comment by nathansnider
08.4.09 - 4:16 pm

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The Harmony of the Spheres is happening again. The Harmony of the Spheres is happening tonight!

This is not an echo. This is not a test. This is not a flashback or deja vu. Starting today, The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time is moving to Wednesdays! Same bat time. Same bat channel. Same bat donut shop. But now on Wednesday.

Surely you have to admit that this change makes an overwhelming amount of sense. The two great Wednesday night rides of K-Town and DTLA both recently ended their reigns, and we are seeking to remedy this great imbalance in the bici-force. Thank you for joining us in our new mid-week time slot.

So tonight we ride, and tonight we seek the spheres, and tonight we carry on in our strange orbit.

Tonight, my friends, we bowl.



nathansnider
08.5.09 - 4:47 am

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Oh, by the way, did we mention that we're riding on Wednesdays from now on?

OK, then. Just so you know.



nathansnider
08.5.09 - 4:53 am

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!





theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by nathansnider
08.5.09 - 9:16 am

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I depart from Riverside station @ 6...am going to try with all my might to make it tonight with your travel guide mr. snider. I think it's doable



la duderina
08.5.09 - 1:02 pm

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Oh cool, I thought I was going to miss this ride. Now I can go on today! Awesome.



braydon
responding to a comment by nathansnider
08.5.09 - 1:51 pm

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i'm gonna come through tonight... usually how many people show up for these? and do we know the route we're riding tonight?



superblueman3
08.5.09 - 4:30 pm

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Attendance has ranged from just a few people to 30+.

The route this week is fairly short since we're bowling as well; about 13 miles, passes through downtown.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by superblueman3
08.5.09 - 4:42 pm

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Yay for Wednesday!



Joe Borfo
08.5.09 - 4:43 pm

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Is this going to be the new replacement for the mosey??? because we are in desperate need of a great replacement ride for wednesday nights in DTLA...



Debut213
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08.5.09 - 4:48 pm

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Nothing can replace the Mosey.

This is a different kind of ride (more riding; little stopping) but on the same night.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Debut213
08.5.09 - 5:08 pm

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I think I can make it tonight! Only think... but... THINK!



canadienne
08.5.09 - 5:10 pm

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i'll probably just ride then go home, need to be home early tonight



superblueman3
08.5.09 - 5:13 pm

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This week:

How the Other Half Live


You're really nobody in L.A. unless you live in a house with a really big door. And so we ride in search of doors, big doors, doors that beckon us even as they refuse us entry. Wear your best pearls or your top hat or your monocle. Spats would not be inappropriate.

(Once again, gears recommended. Hollywood Hills, y'all.)



theroyalacademy
08.10.09 - 11:52 pm

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nathan snider, please email me! or if someone who has his email can pass it on to me, please do so!
robotinsurance {at} gmail



ruinedbyidiots
08.11.09 - 12:48 am

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Want to remind people again that we've moved the ride to WEDNESDAY.

Want to remind people again that we've moved the ride to WEDNESDAY.

Want to remind people again that we've moved the ride to WEDNESDAY.



theroyalacademy
08.11.09 - 10:24 am

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i'd like to make it to this ride, but i don't get home til about 10... maybe i can catch up with y'all?



snowcone
08.11.09 - 10:26 am

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it's like 5 minutes from where i stay



snowcone
08.11.09 - 10:27 am

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this ride rules.



la duderina
08.11.09 - 12:49 pm

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definitely.



coldcut
responding to a comment by la duderina
08.11.09 - 4:24 pm

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Altitude sickness pills?
check!



User1
responding to a comment by coldcut
08.12.09 - 1:12 am

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i haven't been on my bike in over a week.

fuck, i'm asking for it tomorrow. hahaha.



coldcut
08.12.09 - 1:15 am

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Bump! Tonight!

At last, I will have a chance to survey all my minor real estate holdings. Jolly good show!

Until then,

$$$,

-n



nathansnider
08.12.09 - 5:39 pm

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We start pretty close to 9:00, and since our stops are usually pretty short, it could be difficult to arrange a meetup (though Sean might be able to suggest something). Next week, maybe?



nathansnider
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08.12.09 - 5:43 pm

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It appears that I just might be able to finish my work in time to make it to tonight's ride (which I'm REALLY looking forward to)... however, I don't trust my bosses to not screw my over at the very last second... so... I'll just keep crossing my fingers, and hopefully I'll see you guys at (a bit before) 9!



canadienne
08.12.09 - 5:52 pm

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They did it. They screwed me. Looks like I'm gonna be here really late tonight kids... so...

:(

This really sucks. It looks like this ride was gonna rule. Sigh. Well, I hope it still does!

I go cry now.



canadienne
08.12.09 - 7:35 pm

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Thanks to everyone who came out tonight. Our first tandem!

And to those that went up the big hill: you rocked it. Sorry I kept lying to you about it being "all down hill from here."

I hope Al made it to the train in time. If not, the bourgeois picnic was worth it, right?

Brie FTW!



theroyalacademy
08.13.09 - 12:47 am

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Didn't make it out, but was curious of the route. If you get time can you post it for us voyeurs.



Foldie
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
08.13.09 - 1:05 am

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Here it is:
http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3079411



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Foldie
08.13.09 - 1:17 am

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Thanks.



Foldie
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
08.13.09 - 1:19 am

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I saw some spheres on Serrano near Wilshire and they reminded me of this wonderful ride.



la duderina
08.17.09 - 8:22 pm

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Is there a route posted on this?

To22



User1
responding to a comment by nathansnider
08.17.09 - 10:09 pm

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The route, approximately:



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by User1
08.18.09 - 1:43 am

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is that cake or regular?



snowcone
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
08.18.09 - 1:45 am

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i love you guys.



coldcut
08.18.09 - 2:37 am

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no longer on tuesdays? nooooooo =( now it's up against the westside mosey. i was hoping to do this one tonight...but now it's tomorrow night =(





tomato
08.18.09 - 10:16 am

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666
08.18.09 - 10:25 am

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There's a westside Mosey?



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by tomato
08.18.09 - 10:59 am

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The route map looks kind of like the outline of a platypus, swimming to the surface. This means there are a couple ways to acquire a route map for this ride:

Method A:
1) Get a map of Eastern and Central Los Angeles
2) Using a quality pen or felt marker (waterproof recommended), draw an outline of a surfacing platypus on the map. It's OK to be a little impressionistic; just do your best.
3) Get on your bicycle.
4) Ride your bicycle along the route that you have just drawn.

Method B:
1) Bring your bicycle to California Donuts #21 tomorrow night between 8:30 and 9:00pm.
2) Ride with us and enjoy the city.
3) Fondly remember the streets.
4) Record the map in your scrapbook for posterity.

Presto!

The choice is yours. The most rewarding strategy, obviously, would be to follow both Methods A and B. See you tomorrow, then?



nathansnider
responding to a comment by User1
08.18.09 - 6:59 pm

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I should clarify one thing, in case anyone is feeling clever, thinking that they can simply draw the outline of a platypus on any old map and acquire a route map on the cheap:

Remember that you must ride your bike along the lines that you've drawn in order to make it a route for a bike ride. Until you do that, it's just a drawing of a platypus...



nathansnider
08.18.09 - 7:05 pm

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Platypus, you say?"



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by nathansnider
08.18.09 - 7:37 pm

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A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: "What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate sitting atop a giant donut." The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, "What is the donut standing on?" "You're very clever, young man, very clever," said the old lady. "But it's donuts all the way down!"

Tonight!



nathansnider
08.19.09 - 4:47 pm

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class until 9 on wednesdays is no bueno!

I am so bummed out about all of the amazing rides I am going to miss



la duderina
responding to a comment by nathansnider
08.19.09 - 5:12 pm

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C'mon, Wolfpack, simply catch up with us after class.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by la duderina
08.19.09 - 5:16 pm

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hahahahahaa. you guys are geniuses. I will definitely have to do that some time.





la duderina
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
08.19.09 - 5:22 pm

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Capitol ride last night! Capitol!
Donuts to donuts, donuts to donuts, FTW!



canadienne
08.20.09 - 8:57 am

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theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by canadienne
08.20.09 - 9:12 am

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Awesome ride! I especially liked when we hit the tail of the platypus, I think this was my favorite portion of the ride. Also! I tried chocolate Nesquick for the first time and I must say it is pretty great with the donuts. Ohhh donuuuutsssssssss





Kakihara
08.20.09 - 9:54 am

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hah! wait... capital...



canadienne
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
08.20.09 - 10:16 am

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Can you please repeat this Donuts thing in a month?



Joe Borfo
08.20.09 - 10:16 am

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I think I know what next week's ride is going to be.......



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by canadienne
08.20.09 - 10:22 am

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If I learned one worthwhile thing from ALC, it is that chocolate milk is a good recovery beverage.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Kakihara
08.20.09 - 4:36 pm

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Thanks again to everyone who came out last night!

The Platypus. Can you see it?



nathansnider
08.20.09 - 7:38 pm

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I sees it! I sees it!



canadienne
responding to a comment by nathansnider
08.20.09 - 7:59 pm

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i'm having withdrawals.



coldcut
08.20.09 - 11:24 pm

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I am confused with the theme of this weeks ride. I am game, but does this route involve too many hills?



Foldie
08.25.09 - 12:10 am

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I smell conspiracy!



Joe Borfo
08.25.09 - 12:27 am

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In Capitalist America, conspiracy smells you!

@Foldie - big hills of money, perhaps, but unless plans have changed, my understanding is that the route will be relatively flat.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by Joe Borfo
08.25.09 - 1:08 am

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Yes, relatively flat this week.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Foldie
08.25.09 - 11:52 am

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I love all these big-boy-club references.
I, long ago, stated that I wanted to make 5fix2 a conspiracy-movie-drive-in-night, eventually.
I got distracted with hipster pussy.

Is this in the works for the ride. . .?
Not a movie night, but maybe, are you guys passing out literature with stuff to watch and/or read?

Just curious, is all.





SawTomorrow
08.25.09 - 8:33 pm

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Crash!



User1
08.26.09 - 3:46 pm

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ooppssss I mean.... bump!



User1
08.26.09 - 3:46 pm

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Someone has brought fire but clearly neglected to keep it within the sacred grove. Moloch is not pleased.



nathansnider
08.26.09 - 4:49 pm

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We rode past the gates of Hell and I ate the Devil's food. So am I captain of industry yet or what?



theroyalacademy
08.27.09 - 12:46 am

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Dan the Miner rules!

Check out this blog article on the statue and the most excellent old photograph.

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2009/01/dan_the_miner_is_more_secure_than_ever.php



jeffwr3
08.27.09 - 1:16 am

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Thanks for another awesome ride last night nathansnider and theroyalacademy. You guys always keep everyone on their toes thinking and watching the ride. Your effort is much appreciated.

WoW there's that statue in all it's glory! That pic looks awesome. I ran across this story about the thief of it. click here


Sebastian Espana, 22, and Jessie Hernandez, 23, were later arrested on suspicion of grand theft in connection with a string of thefts of bronze statues and sculptures in the Wilshire area and in Beverly Hills.

hmmmmmmmm sounds like a possible ride?



User1
responding to a comment by jeffwr3
08.27.09 - 4:45 pm

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Get out your pic-a-nic basket, because we're going to the park(s)!

A couple hills this week. The largest is about the same slope and elevation gain as climbing to Griffith Observatory. Piece of Cake!





nathansnider
08.31.09 - 6:35 pm

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Actually, I take that back. It's less elevation gain than climbing to Griffith Observatory. Easy as pie!





nathansnider
08.31.09 - 6:44 pm

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Shameless picnic bump!





nathansnider
09.1.09 - 3:17 pm

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Think we'll get smoked out tomorrow?



User1
responding to a comment by nathansnider
09.1.09 - 3:30 pm

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Honestly, I think we'll be fine. Air quality south of the Hollywood Hills hasn't been too bad, and it seems like the evenings have been pretty decent.

The winds have been changing, though. If things look unpleasant, we'll develop an alternate plan.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by User1
09.1.09 - 3:48 pm

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OK, so the air looks good. We're on! Bring your picnic baskets or picnic shoulder bags* with tasty food items to share. At least one secret spot promised.

*What's a picnic shoulder bag, you ask? Why, it's a bag in which you keep your picnic shoulder, of course!






nathansnider
09.2.09 - 4:00 pm

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Thanks to everyone who came out last night! Two successful picnics, many successful hills, and one successful ride...

If the route for the donut ride looked like a platypus, the route for this week looks like conjoined jackalope twins. Or something.



nathansnider
09.3.09 - 12:05 pm

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Hey picnic'ers. I was the doofus whose deraileur exploded like 100 yards from the start. I got it replaced so I'll be back to try again. Shame I had to miss the pic-a-nic ride of all rides though... I love pic-a-nics.



cagerhater
09.4.09 - 2:52 pm

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Who doesn't love pic-a-nics? The derailleur explosion was a bummer, but at least it happened early and not somewhere in the middle of Griffith Park! Thanks for coming out. We will definitely pic-a-nic again on some future ride.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by cagerhater
09.4.09 - 5:48 pm

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what time do you guys finish riding, usually?



tfunk408
responding to a comment by nathansnider
09.9.09 - 12:40 am

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Unless it's an unusually short route, we usually finish around midnight, give or take 15 minutes. If anyone is taking the metro, we make every effort to get back with enough time for them to safely catch the last train. I think the only time we haven't managed to do that was on the ET Ride, when we had a crash and ended up getting back to California Donuts at 12:40.



nathansnider
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09.9.09 - 1:05 am

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thanks, good to know. one of these weds i'll try to drag a buddy into coming along and taking the blue line with me back to LB at midnight.



tfunk408
responding to a comment by nathansnider
09.9.09 - 1:30 am

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The last train back to LB from 7th and Flower DTLA is at 12:45am.

@Nathan and Sean, are you guys cruising by the o' Grand Central Airport? Always been meaning to stop by there. This would be a prefect time, that is if it works for you guys.



User1
responding to a comment by tfunk408
09.9.09 - 1:12 pm

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That place looks like it could be cool, but unfortunately we're not going to be getting all that close to it, really. But we can hit it up another week. Maybe also hit up Travel Town on the same ride and make it an oldtimey transport theme. Now if only we could find an autogyro....



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by User1
09.9.09 - 2:03 pm

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Hey guys great ride tonight. Fun route and a good group of ridazz. I had a blast.



Foldie
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
09.9.09 - 11:59 pm

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sorry to hijack the tread for a min.

User 1 that is a good idea. There is the brand Library up the hill from that spot which is kind of cool. and then maybe hit up some other historic buildings in Pasadena.



Foldie
responding to a comment by User1
09.10.09 - 12:32 am

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Meeting with the Buk Ride this week, with tunnels beneath our feet...



nathansnider
09.15.09 - 6:46 pm

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Tonight!





nathansnider
09.16.09 - 2:58 pm

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Any chance you can post the first part of the route, I get off work at 9pm and MAYBE I can catch up to you guys.



Dropkick_bruce
09.16.09 - 7:49 pm

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Thank You, Nathan, for incorporating the Buk ride with your own.

See you all at RWNN this Friday.



Joe Borfo
09.17.09 - 2:58 am

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Thanks for doing the ride Nathan. I hope you get a chance to post up the route. We may have found a new route going east and west.



User1
09.17.09 - 2:37 pm

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Here's the route from last night, and for reference, a map of the storm drains we were following.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by User1
09.17.09 - 2:51 pm

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And, Dak, that was Harold A. Henry Park.



theroyalacademy
09.17.09 - 5:10 pm

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I'll be there !





frumble
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
09.23.09 - 11:42 am

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Tonight!





nathansnider
09.23.09 - 5:26 pm

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Are we riding to Pittsburgh? Cuz that's where the show took place?



Foldie
responding to a comment by nathansnider
09.23.09 - 7:05 pm

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E. LA, Pittsburgh; potato, po-tah-to.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Foldie
09.23.09 - 7:49 pm

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Missed it by that much.



Joe Borfo
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
09.23.09 - 11:09 pm

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Sorry we missed you Borfo. Fun ride. Next time don't dilly dally.



Foldie
responding to a comment by Joe Borfo
09.23.09 - 11:44 pm

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yeah. I didn't inspect my bike before i went. I have a broke spoke. nothing I could do.



Joe Borfo
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09.23.09 - 11:49 pm

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Sucks.....

and thanks Sean for putting on another great ride and route.



Foldie
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09.24.09 - 12:08 am

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Sucks, dude. Sorry you didn't end up making it.

(Glad to hear, at least, that you weren't standing at 41st and Alameda in your bunny suit wondering where we were.)



theroyalacademy
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09.24.09 - 12:31 am

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For those that were curious, this was tonight's route.

(Old routes can be found above and on this thread.)



theroyalacademy
09.24.09 - 12:45 am

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That was fun! Thanks, Sean for the ride, and thanks, everybody for coming out.

Mr. Belvedere's blurry, disembodied head is now grinning at me from between my spokes. It's eerie.



nathansnider
09.24.09 - 1:45 am

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Streetwarming!





nathansnider
09.29.09 - 3:41 pm

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hah. looks like ktown



la duderina
09.29.09 - 4:12 pm

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Also, assuming I have time to assemble them, fall spoke cards available this week. Because it's fall now, don'tchaknow?



nathansnider
09.29.09 - 4:15 pm

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so awesome!



la duderina
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09.29.09 - 4:24 pm

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Tonight!





nathansnider
09.30.09 - 5:00 pm

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Brings new meaning to couch surfing!



Joe Borfo
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09.30.09 - 5:17 pm

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Thanks for doing the ride and the spoke card last night guys. Was a fun ride.

That was weird how it was all downhill after that Marino dude got mad and left. I wonder if that happens all the time? Let's get him mad again and see?



User1
10.1.09 - 12:27 pm

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Thanks to everyone who came out this week! The street, it was warmed. Limited edition Fall '09 spoke cards are still available. I'm really impressed with how well they came out. You go, nature!

And before it completely disappears from my memory, here's the route we followed. One too many hills for Marino. Sorry, dude.



nathansnider
10.1.09 - 9:25 pm

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looking at the pictures of the last ride. I can only say

NATHANSNIDER RULES!



sexy
10.2.09 - 12:19 am

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snowcone
10.2.09 - 12:51 am

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Ha! Thanks, but I'd better give some credit where credit is due. On the Ridazz NYC trip, I can't remember whether it was AT, mixtemotions or Skidmarcus who first said "hey, let's drag that couch out into the middle of the street!" but it was the genesis of a most brilliant idea: Couch + Bushwick = Couchwick!



That was an inspired evening and also the inspiration for this week's ride. Couchwood? Koreacouch? Whatever you call it, it was a successful experiment. I mean, I thought so anyway. Any experiment that combines bikes, furniture reappropriation and mint chocolate chip cookies is a success in my book.



nathansnider
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10.2.09 - 1:42 am

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according to the story that I remember hearing it was AT and his bro. But I could be wrong.



sexy
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10.2.09 - 1:55 am

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I have to admit, the street couch party bike ride is a great idea. It should happen again.



braydon
10.2.09 - 2:20 am

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I am not kidding about the thrills, chills, and hills.

THRILLS: there is an epic downhill on the route (PLEASE bring brakes)

CHILLS: judging by my scouting ride tonight, when we head up to the Valley, it'll get cold (dress in light layers, y'all, light layers)

HILLS: in order to have the epic downhill..... (it's really not that bad, but don't say I didn't warn you)



theroyalacademy
10.7.09 - 1:31 am

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Tunnels! Rad.

Bridges! Sweet.

Jaws? Awesome. (Jawsome?)



nathansnider
10.7.09 - 2:21 am

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Alan! We finally went over Shakespeare Bridge and you MISSED IT.



theroyalacademy
10.8.09 - 2:48 am

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i always wanna go over shakespeare bridge with a certain someone and they always object.



coldcut
10.8.09 - 12:20 pm

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Damn it! I was at a concert last night. I messaged Nathan, not sure if he gets txt messages or not. Looks like I'm just going to have to ride over there myself!

What was the tunnel you guys rode?



User1
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10.8.09 - 3:27 pm

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The route was great this week. Thanks to everyone for waiting below (for like a whole hour) while I fixed my blowout-that-I-didn't-realize-was-a-blowout on that epic downhill. Third time's a charm!



nathansnider
10.8.09 - 5:02 pm

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And oh yeah, sorry to the new guy with the Elephant's Perch jersey. We didn't mean to drop you. We just looked back when we got up to SM Blvd and realized that you weren't with us anymore. Hope everything's alright...



nathansnider
10.8.09 - 5:19 pm

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WAIT WHAT. There is a place in this city called Shakespeare Bridge and I DID NOT KNOW IT? We must go there again when I do not have school. I must know where this is.



danya
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10.8.09 - 5:19 pm

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ALSO. (My, don't I like caps lock in this thread?) This sounds like a match made in heaven.



danya
10.8.09 - 5:21 pm

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Ooo. Indeed. Sean actually put on a Donutzz Ride earlier this year, and he has been talking about doing a sequel.

A long ride like that would be a bit too much for our usual Wednesday night thing, but we may find another excuse to visit donut other shops on this ride. Keep your eyes peeled, I say.



nathansnider
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10.8.09 - 6:20 pm

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Here's the route from last week.

Al, it was a horse tunnel in Griffith Park under the 134. You'll see it right around mile 9 if you zoom in.



theroyalacademy
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10.12.09 - 11:25 am

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Let's try that again.

HERE is the route for real.



theroyalacademy
10.12.09 - 11:28 am

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Because the weatherbot says it'll be clear enough tonight:

Tall and Pointy, You Say?





nathansnider
10.14.09 - 1:47 pm

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Like to join you guys tonight, but I'm going to a Caltech lecture.



User1
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10.14.09 - 2:26 pm

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Oh hey, so here is last night's route, done with an unusual quickness, it seemed. Thanks to all who came out.

Sorry we missed you at the Towers, dannyzuko.



nathansnider
10.15.09 - 7:51 pm

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i think i missed out...




joya
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10.20.09 - 4:02 am

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Chatter around these forums lately has been sorta strange. Does Jared Leto really like us? Do we like Jared Leto? He does look kinda fetching leaning up against that wall in his flannel shirt, kinda deep...... Substitute "Jordan Catalano" for "Jared Leto" and you pretty much have the plot of My So-Called Life. So this week we go back to high school (4 high schools, actually) and find out how we really, like, feel. And for that extra knot of authentic teenage awkwardness, I haven't had time to scout the route -- so there'll no doubt be some false starts, some wrong turns. It's okay, that's how we, like, grow. Or whatever.

TONIGHT!

Maybe we'll even listen to some Buffalo Tom.



theroyalacademy
10.21.09 - 9:26 am

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I don't know about you guys, but I thought tonight was super fun. So great to run into ridazz all over town.

For the curious, here's the route (minus our side trip up into that Beverly Hills civic center joint).



theroyalacademy
10.22.09 - 1:07 am

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it was a pleasure riding with the classy midnight ridazz men tonight.even if it was just for a little while...



mandingo
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10.22.09 - 1:16 am

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i can't wait for this ride... i love collaboration rides like these.. and geocaching i heard was so much fun! so wait, are moms starting at california donuts?





goosegoose
10.27.09 - 4:22 pm

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no one will get this... but HEY ROADBLOCK!

check out the labels on that gps... hahaha :D



snowcone
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10.27.09 - 4:25 pm

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That's haversine right? Equivalent in Python




braydon
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10.27.09 - 4:47 pm

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Yeah moms starting at California Donuts and earlier 8:30pm .... (might be worth swinging by the smokehouse at 10:00pm to see if there are anyone there too .... )



braydon
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10.27.09 - 4:51 pm

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Is it a joke about intelligent particles?



braydon
responding to a comment by snowcone
10.27.09 - 4:55 pm

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no



snowcone
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10.28.09 - 11:40 am

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That was a fun ride. Much thanks Nathan for setting up the caches, and Jeff leading with the awesome GPS.



braydon
10.29.09 - 4:47 am

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I had an awesome time!!!

Nathan, thank you for your time and effort in placing those hidden caches for us to find...

Jeff, thanks for being our guide and leading us to the treasure..


Good times indeed.....



Debut213
10.29.09 - 12:08 pm

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such an awesome ride last night!!
we should do more rides like these!!

kudos to Nathan for the last "treasure" at the end! lol



goosegoose
10.29.09 - 1:47 pm

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MMM.... BEER



snowcone
10.29.09 - 1:49 pm

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and still cold... mmm



braydon
responding to a comment by snowcone
10.29.09 - 1:51 pm

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AH~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~!!! That was such a good ride. Thank you all and especially Nathan!

Those hills were crazy...and that very last stop near City Terrace. SOOO GOOD! MORE RIdes should go over there.



Alfredo
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10.29.09 - 2:23 pm

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thanks nathansnider for the nice cold "treasure" and cool spoke card.I lost u guys when we hit downtown i waited for the last rida to catch up..and we lost u guys...but it was pretty late so i had to bounce, anyways one of the best rides ive been in and those hills..which some of walkd them..lol.Funtimes!



Huey555
10.29.09 - 4:55 pm

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* some of us walked



Huey555
10.29.09 - 4:57 pm

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So I marked a spot with gps last night (with geobeagle) that I want to go back to, and checked to see if it gave the right direction today, and it pointed in the right direction and distance. :) Woot. However you'd need to know where north was, unless the software could take samples and determine your bearing based on those, which it doesn't....



braydon
10.29.09 - 6:11 pm

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That area was a cool place to ride, seemed pretty rural for how close we were to downtown.



braydon
responding to a comment by Huey555
10.29.09 - 6:13 pm

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it did..awsome view on the top though.



Huey555
responding to a comment by braydon
10.29.09 - 6:38 pm

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Thanks to everyone for coming out last night!

The route we took looked roughly like this. Of course I have no idea what route you guys took to get to the first stop, and there are a couple other turns I'm not so sure about, but this is pretty close. Tunnels! Bridges! Stairways!

I'm also liking this strategy we developed of avoiding the tough hills by taking the ridiculous hills instead. The "easier" way that I was hinting at is actually the route that we took back along City Terrace Dr. But whatever; the climbing was more fun anyway.

Thanks to Jeff for rocking the GPS and Braydon for helping with the route!



nathansnider
10.29.09 - 7:10 pm

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LOL at the end of that route....



braydon
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10.29.09 - 7:17 pm

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And oh, yeah: sometime I want to organize a "proper" geocaching ride where we go searching for other people's caches and write our names in little books and stuff like normal geocachers do. Two of the stops this week were actually supposed to be real geocaches, but I wasn't there for the first one (near the donut shop) and I couldn't find the second one (at the cemetary). Something for the future, I guess...



nathansnider
10.29.09 - 7:18 pm

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thanks to everyone who helped bend my fork and make my bike ridable!


fucking ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



sklank
10.29.09 - 10:50 pm

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There is a whole series of caches along the river bike path, 5 or 6 of them, that we should do for a "proper" geocaching ride. Next, next Wednesday maybe?



braydon
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10.29.09 - 11:01 pm

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It seemed a lot worse from the sound and sight of your crash, lucky you were able to ride away, and till the end :)



braydon
responding to a comment by sklank
10.29.09 - 11:13 pm

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Thanks for a totally awesome ride that kicked my ass in the best way possible! I'm determined to come back cuz clearly coming on *this* ride will make me a better rida which rules, cuz I had a blast too! Felt it allll day at work today & had a big ol' grin on my face!



sinaphile
10.29.09 - 11:52 pm

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yep yep lucky indeed!!!

besides the ankle rolling and not being able to walk it's all good cause i can still PEDAL!



w00t.





sklank
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10.30.09 - 9:55 am

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I was thinking of doing it in a couple months, maybe. There are a lot of other routes and ideas for this ride that I want to try before doing another geocaching thing. The fun is in the variety.



nathansnider
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10.30.09 - 5:14 pm

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ATTN: Mr snider..i recently had my bag stolen from my muy thai class..i had a couple of buks in it..i had other valuable stuff in it..but wat i really got me was my..The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time spoke card...was gone.It was one of my favorites,it involed leafs i guess Im a hippie tree hugger but it was one of a kind.also the ride.If you have any laying around.I'll even donate some buks for the next ones u produce...or put in for the "tresure"..lol thanks again g



Huey555
responding to a comment by nathansnider
11.1.09 - 8:42 pm

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Yeah, I'm kinda wishing my entire wheel had a bunch of leaves laminated and stuck in it.... haha



braydon
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11.1.09 - 9:30 pm

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Sorry to hear about your bag....



braydon
responding to a comment by Huey555
11.1.09 - 9:34 pm

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Bummer about your bag. That sucks. The Fall '09 spoke cards were a limited edition (not because I wanted them to be all exclusive or anything, but because they took forever to make), and I gave the last of them out on Wednesday. So, sorry, the leaf spoke cards are all gone.

Everybody seems to really like them, so I'll have to come up with something equally special for the winter edition. When I do, I'll make a couple extra for you and Marino (his got stolen along with his wheel on Friday). Probably not leaves, but something neat.



nathansnider
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11.2.09 - 3:27 pm

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i would appreciate that..thanks anyways it was worth a try.



Huey555
responding to a comment by nathansnider
11.2.09 - 4:23 pm

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shit happens...thanks



Huey555
responding to a comment by braydon
11.2.09 - 4:23 pm

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OMG

I just love novelty architecture!!!!! I wish we lived close to Lucy! But I'll settle for a big donut.






User1
responding to a comment by nathansnider
11.4.09 - 2:35 pm

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no chinatown momsey tonight.. probaly hitting up "the passage..." night..



goosegoose
11.4.09 - 6:25 pm

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Bummed I couldn't make it out tonight, but I have WAY too many things to do before I leave town tomorrow morning.

Will see you guys in a couple weeks.



theroyalacademy
11.4.09 - 9:11 pm

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awesome ride tonight. excellent route and great people. man i miss riding in LA.



tfunk408
11.5.09 - 1:52 am

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Thanks to everybody who came out last night! Fun times. I wish CA Donuts had a drunk guy hanging around offering to buy everyone a donut (and, um, take a shower back at his hotel room[?]). Anyway, here's the route. Enjoy!



nathansnider
11.5.09 - 10:31 pm

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And oh hey now, lookit that --->

All those places we've been!

All those places we've yet to go!



nathansnider
11.6.09 - 1:03 am

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And for the minimalists (I know you're out there), a context-free version of same...



nathansnider
11.6.09 - 1:06 am

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neat concept! are you using some sort of software to combine gmap routes?



tfunk408
responding to a comment by nathansnider
11.6.09 - 1:26 am

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I just have a Photoshop document with a background map and separate layers for each week's route. So yes, software, but nothing fancy or automated.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by tfunk408
11.6.09 - 8:30 am

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So preeeeeetty....



canadienne
11.6.09 - 9:27 am

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bump. I miss being able to go on this ride.



danya
11.10.09 - 5:57 pm

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then go



Huey555
responding to a comment by danya
11.10.09 - 7:46 pm

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C'mon, you can do it!

We're there every week, y'know?



nathansnider
responding to a comment by danya
11.11.09 - 2:13 am

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I ain't gona make it tonite. :-( Got a lecture to go to. Have fun, looks good.



User1
responding to a comment by nathansnider
11.11.09 - 11:35 am

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it breaks my heart to miss this tonight =[ but we're doing a metric century tomorrow night and i need to stay off the saddle tonight. have fun!



tfunk408
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11.11.09 - 2:50 pm

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whos putting the century on? is it open?



User1
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11.11.09 - 3:29 pm

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it's with the Beach City Dash (LAfixed) ride, thursdays, 7:30pm, hermosa beach pier. usually a 30 mile route but tomorrow we're going from hermosa to griffith observatory via westwood/beverly hills, coming back via culver city/palms. a little more than 60 miles, not quite a metric, but should be fun with a couple snack stops. open to everyone, the more the merrier! but we don't really have a "no-drop" policy and riders should be self-sufficient. a few of us LBC'ers will be there so come out if you're interested!



tfunk408
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11.11.09 - 6:23 pm

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Where you guys meeting at? I'm in LB and I'll be ready to ride. I need to do a good ride!



User1
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11.11.09 - 10:38 pm

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for sure! hermosa beach pier by the surfer statue, 7:30pm, leave at 8. i don't want to hijack this thread so hit me up for more info tfunk408@gmail dotcom or 408835715nine.



tfunk408
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11.11.09 - 11:37 pm

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Thanks to the small crew that came out last night. That was fun, even, I dare say, spectacular.

A route map, for your enjoyment. Somehow, 23 miles became 25 and a half; don't ask me how that happened.



nathansnider
11.12.09 - 8:29 pm

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Hey guys, just got back into town. I've been on planes all day and it is like 6am for me, so I am a bit delirious and probably won't post it until the morning -- but the ride is definitely on tomorrow. Same place, same time. Stay tuned for details.........



theroyalacademy
11.17.09 - 9:34 pm

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Welcome back.



SkeletonKey
11.17.09 - 9:50 pm

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Well, I've been super busy at work today and so haven't really had time to write a proper post (you know, one of those oblique, "esoteric" descriptions that y'all know and love) for tonight's ride, but it's posted.

Very limited number of spoke cards; come early.



theroyalacademy
11.18.09 - 3:44 pm

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I am totally jaloux. Have a good ride tonight!



nathansnider
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
11.18.09 - 5:05 pm

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Were are you guys going tonight? And where do you guys end at?



OCHO
11.18.09 - 5:46 pm

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We're going to Paris, so to speak.* We end at the meeting point (3rd and New Hampshire).

* Honestly, I still need to do the map-to-map convergence, so I can give you no less of a tongue-in-cheek answer than that.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by OCHO
11.18.09 - 5:58 pm

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So, we didn't get to the Eiffel Tower nor the Arc de Triomphe, but I'd say 16 miles est respectable. Especially since we did climb Montmartre.



theroyalacademy
11.19.09 - 1:00 am

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OK, I don't feel too bad for bailing a little early then, since I did 16.5 miles round trip from my house.

Nice little taste of Paris. Welcome back!



mr rollers
11.19.09 - 1:13 am

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Yeah, except for a little loop around LACC, we pretty much just went right back to the start after you broke off.

Being a tourist is draining. One has to do it in small doses.



theroyalacademy
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11.19.09 - 1:32 am

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I'm old!





theroyalacademy
11.24.09 - 9:49 am

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Happy birthday, old man. You KNOW I'll be karaoke-ing for your birthday!



Ms. Stephanie
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
11.24.09 - 11:04 am

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Cool. See you tomorrow!



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Ms. Stephanie
11.24.09 - 1:59 pm

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Just got back from scouting -- and I think tomorrow's route might have two of the most cockamamie "inconvenient passageways" ever.



theroyalacademy
11.24.09 - 11:07 pm

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+1 for the word cockamamie. A pathetically underused word in today's lexicon.



Foldie
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
11.25.09 - 11:07 am

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Remember to bring locks tonight!



theroyalacademy
11.25.09 - 7:59 pm

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Next time, bring better locks. I'm just sayin'.



theroyalacademy
11.26.09 - 2:17 am

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No, but seriously, sorry dude. That sucks so badly.



theroyalacademy
11.26.09 - 2:18 am

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Great fun tonight! I enjoyed the funky karaoke vocal stylings of Sean. We all got to hang out in Eagle Rock and sample the local flavor (or flava if that's how you like it).

High point: Nacho Chow Mein
Low Point: Nathan's bike felt lonely and liberated itself from it's tether to ride off into the night without him.

:-(

Sorry Nathan.



jeffwr3
11.26.09 - 2:25 am

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Great fun tonight! I enjoyed the funky karaoke vocal stylings of Sean. We all got to hang out in Eagle Rock and sample the local flavor (or flava if that's how you like it).

High point: Nacho Chow Mein
Low Point: Nathan's bike felt lonely and liberated itself from it's tether to ride off into the night without him.

:-(

Sorry Nathan.



jeffwr3
11.26.09 - 2:25 am

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oh man, that sucks so badly. i'm so sorry to hear about your bike, nathan. i hope it's found!



coldcut
11.26.09 - 4:13 am

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One might blame my bike's disappearance on the cable lock that was used to secure it, or the fact that it was locked up within easy reach of the sidewalk, but I prefer another explanation.

Consider the following:

Marino's wheel
goosegoose's bike
Huey555's bag
Chivo's bike (I think?)
nathansnider's bike

Aside from being stolen, what do these things have in common? They were all sporting über-sexy TPOAFPTARBMIT Fall '09 spoke cards. Those things are thief magnets, I tell you.



nathansnider
11.26.09 - 6:40 am

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Yeah, I hope my bike gets found too, in much the same way that I hope an anonymous benefactor will leave a briefcase full of gold bullion on my doorstep along with a bouquet of flowers and a kind, handwritten note.

But seriously, thanks. And thanks everybody for your sympathy or whatever. I'm such an idiot.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by coldcut
11.26.09 - 6:44 am

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sorry about your bike, Nathan. have you found a replacement (or have a spare)?



tfunk408
11.30.09 - 3:27 pm

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ahh that sucks nathan... i know exactly how ya feel..
and yes you are right.. they were stolen because of that spoke card.. one of my fav unique spoke card too!!!



goosegoose
responding to a comment by nathansnider
11.30.09 - 3:31 pm

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OH!



We're taking the easy way up.



nathansnider
12.1.09 - 6:21 pm

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Oh, and yes, I still have one bike. It's heavy and old, like yo momma. Well, maybe not like yo momma (whom I've never met and who I'm sure is quite a nice person), but y'know, like the proverbial momma... who is heavy... and old... maybe also a little rusty. Anyway, it's still good enough to climb Mt. Lee, which is the important thing.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by tfunk408
12.1.09 - 6:41 pm

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*thumbs up* looking forward to it!



tfunk408
responding to a comment by nathansnider
12.1.09 - 6:58 pm

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Hey, tomorrow, don't let me forget to ask you guys about my donut ride.



theroyalacademy
12.2.09 - 12:08 am

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wait... the Trek was stolen??? BUMMER! I'm so sorry!!!



canadienne
responding to a comment by nathansnider
12.2.09 - 12:28 am

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Nathan, sorry to hear about your bike!

I'm excited for this ride, though.



SkeletonKey
12.2.09 - 1:26 am

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so whos going tonight? woooo



Huey555
12.2.09 - 10:21 am

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Tonight!



nathansnider
12.2.09 - 3:55 pm

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Dammit. Try again?



Still, though... Tonight!



nathansnider
12.2.09 - 3:59 pm

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are knobby tires recommended for tonight?



tfunk408
12.2.09 - 4:15 pm

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There's about a mile of dirt fire road, but it's relatively flat and well-packed. Knobbies would be more sure-footed, but they're not a necessity. I've ridden this route 7 or 8 times, always on skinny tires.



nathansnider
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12.2.09 - 4:53 pm

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Great ride everyone! New faces, old face, new hills, old hills.



SkeletonKey
12.3.09 - 12:06 am

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popping my night time mtbing cherry sort of makes up for not being able to take a piss on the "H". good meeting and riding with everyone tonight! the donut holes were good, but that croissant hot link would've been FTW.



tfunk408
12.3.09 - 1:43 am

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Great ride!
Sooo good to be back on a bike (and with you folks!)

-e-




Kakihara
12.3.09 - 11:26 am

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Thanks, everybody, for coming out! You guys are a great crew. The hill, it was a piece of cake, yes?

Here's the route we ended up taking. Some night when the moon's looking full-ish again, there'll have to be another ride back up there (but maybe starting just a little earlier so that we don't get chased off the mountain before we reach the top).



nathansnider
12.3.09 - 2:11 pm

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it's cruel to have a leftovers-themed ride if there's not gonna be any actual food involved!

jk... sorry to miss this tonight. have fun guys! if it's anything like last night, it'll be effin' cold so get geared up!



tfunk408
12.9.09 - 12:29 pm

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There are always donuts. Donuts aplenty. Our chalice overfloweth with the finest donuts and hot sausage croissants in all the land. Amen.



theroyalacademy
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12.9.09 - 2:28 pm

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How many donuts does it take to overflow a chalice?

I believe I have become enamored with ye Passage Ride. It was very nice to meet everyone (again)!



outerspace
12.9.09 - 4:44 pm

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For those playing along at home, here's the route from tonight. Short but sweet.

Mmm, seasonal sprinkles.



theroyalacademy
12.10.09 - 12:08 am

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once i get back in shape, this is the first ride i want to do!



tinycities
12.10.09 - 12:58 am

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Great ride! Thanks again!!



frumble
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
12.10.09 - 8:25 am

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We are riding, right?! I am terribly confused for no good reason. Is this week's ride gonna be hilly?



outerspace
12.16.09 - 2:57 am

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Yes, we are riding. Yes, there will be hills. Yes, I should get some sleep. I'll post it up in the morning.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by outerspace
12.16.09 - 3:12 am

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Oh hey, so here is the route map from last night. Shiny shiny tinsel tinsel. Shiny shiny Tinseltown.



nathansnider
12.17.09 - 2:53 pm

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I took a nap at 7p and woke up at 5a Thursday. Completely the opposite of cool. Guess I needed the sleep... I swear I'm coming next week. If I am the only one there because of the holiday I am gonna weep openly. But no one will be there to see it so you'll have to take my word for it.



outerspace
12.18.09 - 1:39 am

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Sean, the photos look awesome! I wish I could have made it last wednesday, but I was too busy before my flight to my parents home. I'll see everyone in January 2010!



SkeletonKey
12.18.09 - 11:52 pm

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There's definitely a ride this coming week. Planning out the route right now.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by outerspace
12.19.09 - 3:54 pm

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I don't even know where Alta Dena is. I can't promise I'm gonna be able to finish this ride but I'm gonna try my damnedest.



outerspace
12.21.09 - 2:50 am

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What does 6 months of TPOAFTARBMIT look like, you ask? It looks a lot like this---->

26 weeks. Half a year. One semicircle around the sun. Woot-woot and huzzah!



nathansnider
12.21.09 - 11:45 pm

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Or, alternately, like a precious snowflake.



nathansnider
12.21.09 - 11:48 pm

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Dang... you can't even see my city on this map.



outerspace
12.21.09 - 11:50 pm

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Because you live in outer space?



nathansnider
responding to a comment by outerspace
12.21.09 - 11:55 pm

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I wish. I'm way out in Chatsworth. It's only my mind that is wandering in outer space...



outerspace
12.22.09 - 12:12 am

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Thanks again to everyone who came out tonight. Here's what happened.



theroyalacademy
12.24.09 - 2:50 am

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Crap. HTML fail. theroyalacademy
12.24.09 - 2:52 am

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OH MY GOD. I must be more tired than I think.

Let's try this one more time.

Slowly.....

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3377628



theroyalacademy
12.24.09 - 2:53 am

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That's more like it.



theroyalacademy
12.24.09 - 2:54 am

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I survived the Passage! Wooo!

Awesome route! Fun stops and scenery, spiffy bridges. Hills were just short enough to make me feel like I have potential while simultaneously driving home the point that I have a ways to go before reaching that potential...



outerspace
12.24.09 - 4:51 am

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Ugh, mile 19 still hurts to look at on the elevation chart.



outerspace
12.24.09 - 4:59 am

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Given:
1) Nathan being out of town
2) my mom flying in this evening
3) we did an extra-long route last week
4) the threat of additional rain
5) the cold
6) that I am in a crappy mood

Therefore:
No ride tonight.

Sorry, guys.

Have a safe and happy New Year's and we'll see you in 2010.



theroyalacademy
12.30.09 - 12:39 pm

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You guise deserve a week off being that you provided a kick ass ride on hump days. Great job and look forward to new adventures and shenanigans.



Foldie
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
12.30.09 - 12:48 pm

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Might be too late now, if anyone is coming from any distance, but I just got home from picking my mom up at LAX and thought I should bump this.

To reiterate: NO RIDE TONIGHT.

Sorry. Thanks. Carry on.



theroyalacademy
12.30.09 - 8:11 pm

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Nathan's back and working on this week's route, but I just want to assure you guys that it IS definitely on.

Sorry again about last week.

----

Also want to mention another ride I'm organizing, for Saturday during the day. Yes, the long-promised DONUTZZ 2. Hope some of you folks can make it out for that too.



theroyalacademy
01.6.10 - 12:19 am

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Thanks for coming out, y'all. Here's the route for this week.

No more gratuitous hills from me until the David Lynch ride, I promise. Gratuitous verbiage, yes; gratuitous hills, no.



nathansnider
01.7.10 - 1:57 am

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Great ride! Oh the hills oh the humanity :) Thank you for admin-ing. I slept so well!



et
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01.7.10 - 8:21 am

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That was an awesome ride. I'm a bit stiff today... feels good :)
Thanks guys!



canadienne
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01.7.10 - 1:26 pm

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Thanks, ladies, for coming out. And for being game for a little hill climbing. Just a little though.... Wait until Nathan's David Lynch ride. Or my S&M ride.





theroyalacademy
01.7.10 - 2:14 pm

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David Lynch ride? I'm so conflicted. Baby wants to fuck, but at the same time. Hills? Fuck Hills!

Are we going to huff nitrous, drink PBR, and beat women?



secretragingcow
01.7.10 - 2:54 pm

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(But no hills!)



theroyalacademy
01.12.10 - 12:02 am

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Remember: tonight we leave ON TIME. 9pm. Sharp.





theroyalacademy
01.13.10 - 12:33 pm

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I guess this means I will show up at 7:30 pm vs my usual 8pm
Ahhaha
Hope to make it out!




Kakihara
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
01.13.10 - 12:34 pm

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Dude's cheating. Check out his hand on the side of the stack...

I finally went to the doctor today! He said I have "something like mononucleosis, but not mononucleosis" and to lay off the exercise for a while.

ARGH!!



outerspace
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
01.13.10 - 7:07 pm

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Talked a little bit about situationism last night. If any of you are interested in learning more about that stuff, And that site has a bunch of their other texts on it as well.

Or, maybe better, let me recommend Greil Marcus's great book,
Lipstick Traces, which sketches a continuity in spirit from Dada to situationism to punk.

Midnight Readazz, read on!



theroyalacademy
01.14.10 - 10:04 am

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Bloody hell. Don't know why my HTML skills are so lacking these days.

Here's the first link:
http://library.nothingness.org/articles/SI/en/display/1



theroyalacademy
01.14.10 - 10:06 am

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And here's the route from last night.



theroyalacademy
01.14.10 - 11:07 am

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Entanglement; contingency; superposition.



(Keep an eye on the sky, and stay tuned for updates...)



nathansnider
01.19.10 - 7:46 pm

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If I don't make it this week I won't make it again until FebRUary. Sad times! I need this rain to go away. My bike is no longer waterproof.



outerspace
01.19.10 - 8:13 pm

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Ah, what a cute little Schrodinger!



Joe Borfo
01.19.10 - 8:15 pm

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Really wish I could make it...Sounds AMAZING...



sinaphile
01.20.10 - 5:38 pm

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You there, reading these words, look out the window and observe the weather. Go on; we'll wait for you...


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You see how it's cleared up? You did that, just now, by observing the weather*.Thus, we are riding tonight! We will observe and re-enact quantum phenomena. Get excited!

*This statement has not been evaluated for truth by the FDA, FCC or physical reality. Buncha spoilsports they are, anyway...



nathansnider
01.20.10 - 7:42 pm

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We rode and didn't ride this week. Here is the route. For the sake of clarity, the routes ridden in alternate realities are not shown on the map. We are all about the clarity here.



nathansnider
01.21.10 - 12:15 am

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Okay, guys, big time fail on my part. There is absolutely no way I am going to get this type ride together by Wednesday. I've just been too busy with other stuff and have let myself procrastinate a bit too much on this.

We're probably looking at that thing happening in mid-February.

So this week's ride will just be a normal, noneducational Passage. Though maybe a little on the easy side, because I really have been busy and am totally exhausted.



theroyalacademy
01.25.10 - 9:32 pm

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I won't be able to get out to Passage until next week, so no loss for me!

But srsly, I think planning and scouting 2+ routes a month is already quite a gift that you give us. No big deal if you gotta spend one week enjoying a leisurely, aimless ride, right?



outerspace
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
01.25.10 - 9:59 pm

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It's not going to rain!



Joe Borfo
01.26.10 - 4:00 pm

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"This might've been the highest concentration of inconvenient passageways we've ever done. It was practically one continuous inconvenient passageway."

Fail ride FTW!



theroyalacademy
01.28.10 - 12:32 am

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I noticed there weren't any hills in that clip. Maybe that means I could hang with you guys this week...?



outerspace
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02.2.10 - 3:04 pm

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That clip isn't the most perfect representation of this week's ride. For instance, we probably won't be going quite that fast, and there will be no Philip Glass soundtrack (unless people feel inclined to sing out those 6/8 arpeggios on their own). But yes, this week is about as flat as it gets. And shiny.

Also, please; you handle the hills just fine. Which will come in handy for next week...



nathansnider
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02.2.10 - 3:53 pm

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I don;t think I'll be able to make it....again. My bike and I are becoming estranged; I've been sick and working (simultaneously). I hope the ride's a blast!



SkeletonKey
02.2.10 - 8:49 pm

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So I finally went to the doctor 3 weeks ago because I'd been sick since December and I was pissed about missing so many rides. The doc told me it was probably just a tenacious virus and not to worry about it.

I'm still sick, and it's been two months now, so I went back to ask the doc WTF. He is gonna "run tests" or whatever. I am thinking about looking for a second opinion.

I have missed Passage like 6 weeks in a row and that's unacceptable. I'm very pissed and kinda scared, but I'll be back eventually, I promise.



outerspace
02.3.10 - 7:07 pm

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Yeesh! Yeah, sounds like it's time for a second opinion.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by outerspace
02.3.10 - 7:15 pm

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Thanks for coming out, all. The route from last night - so bright! We saw many finely illuminated places of lodging... The O, The BRYS, The SBURY and The HO CEC, among others.



nathansnider
02.4.10 - 2:14 pm

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Don’t know how you remembered all those turns without a route slip. It was a good ride! In fact, it was so good, I needed THREE donuts after the ride before I rode home.



Kakihara
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02.4.10 - 2:38 pm

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THE DEVIL'S FOOD!
The best food.
Hot from Satan's furnace.
Yum.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Kakihara
02.4.10 - 3:04 pm

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In case I haven't mentioned it, the David Lynch ride is this week. Sponsored by Georgia brand coffee!



The ride post will come later. Stay tuned.



nathansnider
02.8.10 - 7:14 pm

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I've got a clean bill of health and can't wait for David Lynch.



SkeletonKey
02.8.10 - 8:27 pm

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damn. very sad that i am missing this ride tonight.
have fun. see you at the slabs.





Kakihara
responding to a comment by nathansnider
02.10.10 - 4:47 pm

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Thanks for coming out to experience the weirdness and wonder, dudes. Here's the route from last night.



nathansnider
02.11.10 - 7:46 am

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oh man..i went to one of these rides...only 1 and it was one of my best rides..the spoke card i got was so unique and awsome,made out of leaves ,i think it only 24 were made not sure,but suks it got stolen.booo



Huey555
responding to a comment by nathansnider
02.16.10 - 1:42 am

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Will it still end by Red Line time? Or should we come via motor vehicle?



outerspace
02.16.10 - 2:46 am

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My intention is that, yes, it still will end around midnight. But, given that you come from so far, it might be advisable to drive just in case.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by outerspace
02.16.10 - 8:42 am

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i will be a failure to my intention to pursue typography as a career choice if i don't make this ride.

anyone from the valley that wants a ride, hit me up.



tinycities
02.16.10 - 10:41 am

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how did you guys enter runyon canyon from vista? i've been dying to plan a route through there but i they lock the gates at night.....



superblueman3
02.16.10 - 11:23 am

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or rather, exit. i know solar/astral drive entrance has no locked gate.... but i've never been able to enter/exit from the bottom at night



superblueman3
02.16.10 - 11:26 am

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Between the Vista gate and the post that starts the chainlink fence alongside the road, there's a gap. I'd imagine that those who are skinny could just slip through that, and those who are less skinny could just hop the chainlink fence (not too difficult, since the hill on the side slopes up pretty quickly and gives you some elevation to start out with).

But how did we get through? Well, that's a secret between us and the backwards-talking dwarf.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by superblueman3
02.16.10 - 12:49 pm

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has the ride been to SK's Donuts & Croissants?



mechazawa
responding to a comment by nathansnider
02.17.10 - 1:52 am

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Tonight!





theroyalacademy
02.17.10 - 1:02 pm

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Here's the route from tonight's ride.



theroyalacademy
02.18.10 - 1:28 am

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New map! -->

All rides from the first 8 months, now on one map. The routes are getting so dense that it's difficult to see the streets underneath.



nathansnider
02.18.10 - 3:40 pm

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Aaaand this -->

Darker lines show the streets we've ridden more often.



nathansnider
02.18.10 - 3:52 pm

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Here is some of the education we received: I actually really liked this sign. A beautiful typographical catastrophe...



outerspace
02.22.10 - 11:53 pm

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Extra miles you say... will it end on time for Red Line? (I'm gonna ask every week...)



outerspace
02.24.10 - 3:09 am

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Maybe, maybe not. But we'll be passing through downtown on the way back to the start, so I imagine we'll at least get to the red line there in time.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by outerspace
02.24.10 - 9:42 am

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......though, on second thought, given that you live way out in outer space, I would hate for you to get stuck (if we for some reason get seriously delayed by a mechanical or something). So maybe driving is again a good idea...?



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by outerspace
02.24.10 - 9:54 am

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Not a problem, but I'm gonna start making George pay for gas since I always have to drive. ... I mean fly. In from space, that is.



outerspace
02.24.10 - 1:08 pm

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FYI:

As of right now, the ride is still on.

If it gets worse, no ride (but maybe bowling).



theroyalacademy
02.24.10 - 6:28 pm

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And, by "it," I mean the water falling from the sky, natch.



theroyalacademy
02.24.10 - 6:29 pm

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Okay, I'm going to downgrade our likelihood of riding.


I will be at the start by 9pm.

A. If it the rain has completely stopped and people show up, we'll ride.

B. If it is still raining and people show up, we'll go to Shatto Lanes.

C. If it is still raining and no one shows up, I'll have a donut and go home.


...I really can't stress enough the extent to which I find riding in the rain un-fun (I wear glasses, so either I keep them on and they get wet and I'm blind or I take them off and everything is blurry and I get a headache).





theroyalacademy
02.24.10 - 7:24 pm

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i like riding in the rain but that's bc i dont have to wear my glasses at all times. see you tonight around 8:45 but i will bail if there is bowling as i should really come home and unpack from salton sea



Kakihara
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
02.24.10 - 7:27 pm

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Fair enough.

Given that rain has always miraculously cleared up right before the ride (even on nights when we cancelled), I remain cautiously optimistic.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Kakihara
02.24.10 - 7:35 pm

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Oh geeze... bowling sounds pretty great but I just woke up. Long story...

Guess I wouldn't have made the ride OR bowling coming out from Chatsworth at this hour.



outerspace
02.24.10 - 8:41 pm

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Thanks to the Midnight Bowlazz who came out last night. Sorry I'm such a sissy about riding in the rain, but I know I still had a fun time. We'll make up the make-up exam next week.

@outerspace We were just at Shatto Lanes around the corner. You could've shown up anytime. Oh, well. Next time.....



theroyalacademy
02.25.10 - 10:15 am

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Ah it was fun! even though I think I really did fuck something up near my trapezius muscle or the muscle itself trying to show off my bowling skillz. I also learned that eating the cardamom in your Turkish coffee is not always the best idea



Kakihara
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
02.25.10 - 1:00 pm

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I am looking for some that will be riding to the ride from USC and back to USC when it finishes. Anyone doing that?



fotograffik
03.3.10 - 9:19 am

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I don't think any of our regulars come from that direction, but we will be passing through the south side of downtown towards the end of the ride, so it would be easy for you to drop off there if you wanted and get back to USC.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by fotograffik
03.3.10 - 10:40 am

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pooper rain, i'm all wet



666
03.3.10 - 11:58 pm

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but: delicious, delicious glazed old fashioned donuts



SkeletonKey
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
03.4.10 - 1:22 am

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Screw the rain, I had fun, cool route as always (what we saw of it, anyway). I woulda been up for the full route if my tire didn't have a hernia half way through. What's up with the rain letting up ten minutes after we threw in the towel! Geeze!

At least now my LEDs are certified rain-tested.



outerspace
03.4.10 - 3:44 am

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We got pretty soaked by the time we made it back to Angelino Heights. It’s nights like these where you wish you had a dryer at your place. at least Lucy’s is open 24 hours. See you next week!



Kakihara
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03.4.10 - 9:53 am

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Now that I see the abbreviated route, I don't feel so bad for bailing. I still feel bad for not checking the goddamn weather forecast and bringing an appropriate bike and some appropriate gear, though.



PC
responding to a comment by Kakihara
03.4.10 - 4:48 pm

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Yeah, it basically disintegrated right after you guys left. We hung out under the 10 for a little while and then scurried back to Ktown for donuts. We'll do the rest of the route some other time. When it's warm and summery.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by PC
03.4.10 - 4:57 pm

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yeah!



666
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
03.4.10 - 6:38 pm

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It appears the foul reign of precipitation has drawn to a close. Huzzah!



theroyalacademy
03.10.10 - 1:52 pm

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Last night's route. 5 rings, 4 laps and 3 donuts. Damn.



nathansnider
03.11.10 - 6:56 pm

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damn... wish I weren't sick. ah well next week i hope!



Kakihara
responding to a comment by nathansnider
03.11.10 - 7:14 pm

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I was going to go on this ride, but then my oxen died before I could forge the river.



SkeletonKey
03.16.10 - 3:50 pm

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booooooooo. 2 hours of sleep in 48 hours 70 miles or riding ridge way parties and sunrises from the top of the world have not helped me heal. i can cough into my bandanna but it is still gross. + i avoid this amateur drinking day like all hell. be safe and have fun. maybe NEXT week!



Kakihara
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
03.16.10 - 4:09 pm

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I ended up getting a migraine Saturday night and sleeping for 13+ hours. That's one way to adjust to the time change (not recommended).



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Kakihara
03.16.10 - 4:40 pm

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pro drinkers drink every day :P



666
responding to a comment by Kakihara
03.18.10 - 10:43 am

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that route is beautiful...... that's the kind of routes i try to create for my ride. good shit

i wish i could sleep in thursday mornings or i'd be out there more often!



superblueman3
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
03.18.10 - 3:10 pm

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Thanks! 'Twas partially based on where I ended up after getting lost on the way to the Safari Ride (and partially on this one Ride Arc a long time ago) (and partially on a perhaps unhealthy fixation with alleys). Plus: frogs!

We usually finish around midnight (last night, given the few extra miles, it was more like 12:15), so one can usually still get a decent amount of sleep.



theroyalacademy
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03.18.10 - 4:15 pm

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i like the even mix of boulevards, residential streets, alleys, bike paths, and even the ride around that little lagoon off jefferson (i came to scout this place and there was a gate saying trespassers were prohibited, so i gave up on the idea.... maybe i shouldn't?)

i'll try to make it out to the next one



superblueman3
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
03.18.10 - 5:13 pm

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We would never participate in nor endorse any illicit activity such as trespassing. Certainly not. The above should only be viewed as a possible route, which a theoretical group of riders could take. Perhaps with their lights off along certain paludal segments to avoid drawing attention to themselves. And maybe actually going the other direction through these segments than shown in the route map (which a person might have done while scouting) could be preferable because the glare of streetlights perhaps would not be in said theoretical riders' eyes.

Anything is possible.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by superblueman3
03.18.10 - 5:43 pm

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Will this week be Red Line friendly?

Also, will there be hills? That silly weekend race thing has me rather sore...



outerspace
03.22.10 - 11:04 pm

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i actually might try this ride.



ScooterHayes
03.22.10 - 11:06 pm

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I'm heading out to scout in about an hour. Yay, insomnia. I have two possible routes in mind. Both are in our usual range of 25 miles, so I'd say they're pretty Red Line friendly. One route is hilly; one route is not. Which one we do will depend on whether I decide to turn left or right when I step out my door.



nathansnider
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03.23.10 - 12:03 am

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In case there was any doubt, I thought I'd confirm for y'all that the ride is on this week. I picked the flat route. We're aiming for all things spring-y: flowers and elasticity; hydrology and tasty dipping sauces.

The ride post will go up as soon as I get to an internet connection that's not too flaky to upload images. Stay tuned.



nathansnider
03.24.10 - 3:09 pm

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Boing!




nathansnider
03.24.10 - 4:29 pm

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Exhausted after work....hope you are having a fun ride! I'll be their next week.



SkeletonKey
03.24.10 - 10:24 pm

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*there*



SkeletonKey
03.24.10 - 10:25 pm

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Ah, here we go. Or rather, there we went. Thanks for coming, all.



nathansnider
03.25.10 - 1:59 am

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A many-petaled flower we are growing ---->

Spring is here, indeed.



nathansnider
03.25.10 - 2:06 am

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thanx again for the ride guys!



nancine
03.25.10 - 2:08 am

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My computer says we averaged 13mph. I refuse to acknowledge that. It felt like 32 at least.

I learned my lesson about cupcakes. Sticking to donuts from now on. Oh, I did go and try out that taco truck after everyone left, and it was pretty decent. $1.25 tacos, got carne asada, it was tender and fairly delicious, and they had that amazing avocado salsa that some places have... I think donuts, coffee and tacos are gonna be my new thing.



outerspace
03.25.10 - 2:44 am

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Image link fail. Okay.....



theroyalacademy
03.29.10 - 9:42 pm

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Sigh.

I should know better than to choose a theme based on a trickster fox. The night before April Fools Day.

Well, fingers crossed.



theroyalacademy
03.31.10 - 11:02 am

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I will bring my Snuggie Poncho in case of rain!



jeffwr3
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
03.31.10 - 12:08 pm

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Damn it! I can actually make it tonight. Well, I’ll show up in hopes that I get more than donuts for my trip (not saying the donuts are not worth it, but I like to have them before and after the ride - you know, so I can feel victorious with VICTORY DONUTS!)



Kakihara
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03.31.10 - 12:11 pm

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Yeah, I remain hopeful. Looks like the worst of it is supposed to be over by the start time.



theroyalacademy
03.31.10 - 12:16 pm

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What is up with the nice weather we're having right now? Looking out my window, I see not a single cloud in the sky. Is Mother Nature trying to lull us into a false sense of security before beating us with a cane?





nathansnider
03.31.10 - 3:13 pm

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I know. Every time I check weather.com, they've pushed the advent of the supposed rain an hour later. Right now it looks like rain isn't particularly likely to happen until after the ride, when our bellies are full of donuts and our bodies tucked safely in bed.

Nonetheless, I prepare myself for a good caning.



theroyalacademy
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03.31.10 - 3:39 pm

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Okay, okay. Yes, with all the additional twists and turns that weren't on the original route I drew up,it was indeed closer to 30 miles. I'm tricky like that.



theroyalacademy
04.1.10 - 1:27 am

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looks like yall had a fun route. man i miss this ride.



tfunk408
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04.1.10 - 2:42 am

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We got some education, some religion, some consumerism, and a little luxury lodging. 'Twas an epic adventure. And we only got lost once! Trickster my arse.

It's not going to rain.



theroyalacademy
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04.1.10 - 11:09 am

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And, guys, was it just me, or did riding through the Century City Mall not feel like the final assault on the Death Star?



theroyalacademy
04.1.10 - 11:11 am

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Yes. I often feel this way riding through the beach bike path areas which I have done only once in the afternoon, but yes the feeling was similar.
Go with the trickster theme. We got lost. You did not. You tricked us.




Kakihara
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
04.1.10 - 11:46 am

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Freakin' weather! Sounds like I missed out on an epically inconvenient passage.

Nathan: thx for the alt text on that caning, made my day.



outerspace
04.1.10 - 6:48 pm

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Stay on target... Staaay on target...

Yeah, that was a fun ride. We've been elevated.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
04.1.10 - 7:33 pm

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Alright, I give up... what is that a picture of? The fox beating the rabbit? What is it from / in reference to?



outerspace
04.1.10 - 7:58 pm

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Agreed with the Death Star reference.

Such a great night, minus the fresh donut fail.



SkeletonKey
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
04.1.10 - 9:09 pm

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three phases at once?



tfunk408
responding to a comment by nathansnider
04.7.10 - 12:00 pm

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We will reach the triple point.



nathansnider
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04.7.10 - 12:01 pm

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See you tonight. I am telling you this in the event I am delayed because I am going to find this bridge and have some coffee and dinner before I head out
http://www.midnightridazz.com/viewImage.php?imageName=%2Fimages%2Fstories%2Flarge%2Fminibridge_1270665853.jpg




Kakihara
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04.7.10 - 4:56 pm

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Ah, now here is tonight's route. It has a little bit of everything - hills, dales, mini-parks, mega-parks, bridges, overpasses, elevators, etc. Everything but freeways. Some day... some day...



nathansnider
04.8.10 - 1:36 am

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Okay, let's try this again......

I see miracles all around me





theroyalacademy
04.11.10 - 7:24 pm

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?



tfunk408
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
04.12.10 - 12:04 am

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miracles all around us!



Huey555
04.12.10 - 12:21 am

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On our new rating system, tonight's route is:




theroyalacademy
04.14.10 - 10:10 am

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really bummed i keep missing out on this ride. mileage is excellent, people are down to earth, routes are well planned and a little off-beat....you guys even came right through my neighborhood last week. (verdugo)

i will join you guys again real soon!



marzipan
04.14.10 - 9:55 pm

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Thanks to everyone who came out tonight. Hills are fun, right?

Too bad about the blowout, but at least it didn't happen in the canyon. That would've been a big bummer.

The route, as best as I can remember it (I improvised more than usual tonight), is here.



theroyalacademy
04.15.10 - 1:03 am

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my extreme admiration for your routes grows every week...... if i wasnt still attending high school i'd be on your ride every wednesday...


seriously, tuesday afternoon i scouted almost a replica of this exact same route from and back to pan pacific park, for my ride, the new ride type F (franklin canyon)

until summer, i will continue to admire your ride from gmaps....



superblueman3
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
04.15.10 - 12:01 pm

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the passage... = the truth

haven't rode with yall in a while, hope to make it out there soon.



tfunk408
04.15.10 - 1:00 pm

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Don't forget to visit the plaque when you guys go. 'Tis easy to find (there are directions on LAist).



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by superblueman3
04.15.10 - 1:18 pm

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I am going to get a flat on this ride, I can already tell. Maybe I should bring my desert bike. First, I have to go home and drill some holes, but I think I can make it there in time. 87% coming

BUNNIES!!!!!!!!!!!!



Kakihara
responding to a comment by nathansnider
04.21.10 - 12:32 pm

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Does anyone know if User1 is coming?



secretragingcow
04.21.10 - 12:45 pm

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The wind giants can slow us down, but they can't stop us! See you all here:




nathansnider
04.21.10 - 6:34 pm

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Just curious. Is this a rain or shine thing? Does a light rain cancel?



petr0lb0mb
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04.21.10 - 7:11 pm

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I love you guys, You guys are awesome!
Your routes are frickin' crazy! Can't wait to see what you guys have next week!





Gizzard
responding to a comment by nathansnider
04.22.10 - 10:35 am

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Good to see you out there again!



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Gizzard
04.22.10 - 12:02 pm

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OHHHH it's you! I knew you looked familiar but I recognize bikes before people sometimes. ha.

-e-



Kakihara
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04.22.10 - 12:16 pm

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The first stop was really amazing and nostalgic for me. Great ride…

“You know where you guys are riding bikes right? You know where you are, right? “




Kakihara
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04.22.10 - 12:17 pm

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My other favorite quote from last night was:

"...that time, when we went to that place, with the hill....?"

(Though I totally knew what she was talking about it.)



theroyalacademy
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04.22.10 - 12:21 pm

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Thanks for coming out, everybody. We beat the rain gods; we beat them with donuts!

And it went a little something like this...



nathansnider
04.22.10 - 6:24 pm

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Also, if you want to see the rest of that oil fields map from 1906, it's here.



nathansnider
04.22.10 - 6:32 pm

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Sean, thanks for posting the photos so quickly.

Nathan, another great route and a generally fun night out.

My favorite quote was

"are you cowering behind her to block the wind?"

or something similar.



SkeletonKey
04.22.10 - 11:42 pm

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Sellouts!





theroyalacademy
04.27.10 - 1:24 pm

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i'm trying to decode if there will be any BIG BIG hills from your description, but you guys are too cryptic for me... Either way i'll make it out and make my way up that hill one way or another...

until then i'm gonna have this song in my head :)



Gizzard
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
04.27.10 - 6:52 pm

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A little climbing, but nothing BIG BIG, no. You can do it; no problem.

This route is rated:




theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Gizzard
04.27.10 - 7:46 pm

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Looking forward to a DAM fine ride.



SkeletonKey
04.27.10 - 11:26 pm

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If I am not there by the time Jeff gets there, then don’t wait up. I will probably ride around somewhere else wondering if you guys are headed where I think you are headed… then end up in some bar. But hopefully I will see you tonight!!

-e-



Kakihara
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04.28.10 - 2:06 pm

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Err… I meant the route you choose to go and eventually end up at the damn dam. I may ride around and try to find you but this is likely not to happen judging from your past rides.
Maybe I should get some sleep today. Ha!




Kakihara
04.28.10 - 2:22 pm

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Dude, you can always call one of us. But if sleep/beer is what you need, we don't judge.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Kakihara
04.28.10 - 2:24 pm

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frrfnj



Joe Borfo
04.28.10 - 2:33 pm

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furrfu



PC
responding to a comment by Joe Borfo
04.28.10 - 2:41 pm

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This has taken a strange turn.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by PC
04.28.10 - 2:50 pm

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Now that we've sold out, I've stopped riding bikes and started astroturfing full-time. So at the suggestion of obvious spam posters, I'm just going to hang out with my new marketing friends at the Baskin Robbins all night.



nathansnider
04.28.10 - 6:04 pm

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Hey guys, wont make it out, feelin like poop :( have a donut for me! See u guys next week!



Gizzard
04.28.10 - 7:48 pm

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...And sometimes it gets away from you.

Well, hope everyone made it back to North Hollywood in time. The rest of us decided, since we were already out there, might as well do Sepulveda Pass too. Ended up being a three-donut ride after all (though I probably should've actually forgone that bear claw).

Good times!

Here's the total route we ended up taking.



theroyalacademy
04.29.10 - 3:45 am

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ahfofpevro



Kakihara
responding to a comment by Joe Borfo
04.29.10 - 4:18 pm

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God damn Trenways, why do you have to ruin Midnight Ridazz? Always with the ruining, you guys.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Kakihara
04.29.10 - 4:30 pm

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Seriously. Can't they get a mailing list or something?

But yeah, last night's ride was ridiculous and fun. I think I'll try to make next week a one-donut ride.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
04.29.10 - 5:21 pm

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The route almost looks like a donut if you squint.



SkeletonKey
04.29.10 - 11:07 pm

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I don't know, dude. I see more of a manatee.



theroyalacademy
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04.30.10 - 1:03 am

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Nathan, the pace last week was a fast for me. Could we add a few more rest stops as well? :)

Snarkyness aside, see the dam was awesome and the ride up and down sepulveda at 2am was a hell of a lot of fun.

-Bryan



bryan_w
05.3.10 - 12:16 pm

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Sure. Not just more rest stops, but longer ones, too!

I am, of course, kidding. As usual, the best-laid plans to tone things down got hijacked by the irresistible draw of some park we haven't been to yet. I'll post it up when I have time to shoehorn it into some kind of "theme." It takes effort, this shoehorning.

In the meantime, know that the route for this week is neither donut- nor manatee-shaped, but something more along the lines of a reinmutt:





nathansnider
responding to a comment by bryan_w
05.4.10 - 1:10 pm

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The new goal should be that we will endeavor to have riders back at the red line station by the time it reopens at 4:00 am :)



bryan_w
05.5.10 - 10:10 am

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I'm having trouble coming up with a May 5th theme as well... maybe if my Spanish was better it would come to me :)



bryan_w
05.5.10 - 10:16 am

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5/5/10 ...
Discordianism?



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by bryan_w
05.5.10 - 11:22 am

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Wait,
I mean
Discordianismo.

Obviously.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by bryan_w
05.5.10 - 11:24 am

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maybe a reinmutt wearing a sombrero?



bryan_w
05.5.10 - 11:56 am

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Hail Eris!!

Reverend Esther Napastak M.o.t.S.C, S.O.D. D.D.
Doctor of Divinity of Universalis Incongruous Hypermortality
High Priestess of the Benevolent Order of the Ridge Way, et. al.
Confirmed (dis)believer in Two Words One Lifestyle
Supreme Comrade of Tren Way



Kakihara
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
05.5.10 - 12:40 pm

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The Ride With No Theme!

No, but seriously, the post will go up just as soon as my internet connection stops crapping out for long enought to upload images.

Patience, grasshoppers.



nathansnider
05.5.10 - 1:17 pm

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looking to be a long evening tonight?



tfunk408
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05.5.10 - 3:29 pm

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ZZagetzzz rated:

Whether winding along the picturesque banks of the LA River, or cruising down the chic thoroughfares of Downtown LA's Fashion District, The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time Ride, based in the hip Koreatown district of midtown Los Angeles, is giving Angelenos of every stripe a new way to while away the hours on Wednesday Nights.



SkeletonKey
05.6.10 - 1:38 am

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Thanks to everyone who came out. Good to see y'all, faces old and new.

Here's the route from last night, with all detours, digressions and deviations included. Not so much the reindog, it seems; rather more of a ferret or a mongoose - and a 30 mile-long ferret or mongoose, at that! Somehow these things happen. Don't ask me how.

Oh, and sorry about the algae. I hope that everyone who slipped feels closer to nature now.



nathansnider
05.6.10 - 8:03 am

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my clothes are now fluorescent green



secretragingcow
responding to a comment by nathansnider
05.6.10 - 9:43 am

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Really bummed that I couldn't ride with y'all last night.



theroyalacademy
05.6.10 - 9:50 am

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Aha! So thaaaaaaat’s the route we took, eh?
I am actually curious to see how that going through fence onto the river or all the underpasses look on a map because I can never get my mapped out routes to capture quiet what I did/planning on doing.




Kakihara
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05.6.10 - 10:20 am

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don't forget to go pick up your hidden treasure.

if it's too small I'll take it! if it is too big, Nathan claimed it.




Kakihara
responding to a comment by secretragingcow
05.6.10 - 1:49 pm

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did you guys ride IN the river?



superblueman3
05.6.10 - 2:01 pm

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Doesn't everybody?

While we paused for a bit under the 6th Street bridge, thinking we were all hardcore and the business, this guy appeared on the other side of the channel riding a mountain bike, just cruising along downstream and out of sight like 'tweren't no thang. OG Crimamphibianz, he was, f'rsure.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by superblueman3
05.6.10 - 3:43 pm

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The smell that came off of my clothes the next day was indescribable.



Eyequake
05.8.10 - 5:54 pm

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Ready to scavenge!



nathansnider
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
05.12.10 - 11:36 am

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Can we get some Liquid Mountaineering when I get back from the Bay?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ry2aG9QES0



Eyequake
05.12.10 - 2:38 pm

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Come ready to bring it, my friends. For the victors go home with the coveted "WINNER" spoke cards.



theroyalacademy
05.12.10 - 6:13 pm

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Whereas everyone else has to bear the shame of...



theroyalacademy
05.12.10 - 6:14 pm

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Just a reminder: it'd be great if you could post the route each of your teams took tonight (on gmap-pedometer).

Also: would love it if you could email all your photos to me. Maybe put them in a ZIP archive or something.

sean @ [my user name] dot org


Thanks!



theroyalacademy
05.13.10 - 12:45 am

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The winning route went like this.

Tasty, tasty bones.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
05.13.10 - 12:14 pm

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how many people/groups did you have?

i can't wait to see the photos!




Kakihara
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05.13.10 - 12:56 pm

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We had three teams of two.

[My knees are still a little weird, so I was just the judge (while they were out riding, I went home and watched Glee).]

I posted my photos and the photos from the team that borrowed my little camera.
< - - - - - - -



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Kakihara
05.13.10 - 1:07 pm

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This is truly one of my favorite photos ever.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Kakihara
05.13.10 - 1:09 pm

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In our defense, we are 1st place losers!

Seriously Sean those spoke cards are really nice though! That is my favorite by far and I earned every bit of it!



Gizzard
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05.13.10 - 1:33 pm

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Thanks. I was really happy with how they turned out. (And, seriously, I think the "LOSER" ones are probably a little nicer. But then I have always had a soft spot for the losers of the world. ...I mean, of course the GERMANS won, right?)

Definitely curious to see the route that you and Jeff took.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Gizzard
05.13.10 - 1:44 pm

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Fucken Germans!



theroyalacademy
05.13.10 - 1:47 pm

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that race was rigged I tell you! rigged!!
we killed venice all the way to the beach and still placed 3rd?? Props to julio from maestros and theroyalacademy and errone else from lastnite. fun fun!



d-styles
05.13.10 - 2:19 pm

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Seriously you guys rocked it! Jeff and I debated taking a longer time since we thought you two would make it back last... You guys kicked ass...

"come ride with us you germans".... Hmmm atleast they're being worldly?



Gizzard
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05.13.10 - 2:28 pm

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TEUTONIC EFFICIENCY WINS THE RACE.

Seriously, though, I can't wait to see the other routes, and I look forward to a non-scavenger hunt related Passage ride to the ocean.



SkeletonKey
05.14.10 - 12:01 am

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nothing on the right regarding tonight?



tfunk408
05.19.10 - 11:15 am

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It's definitely happening. Sometimes we're just a little last-minutey about posting it up.



theroyalacademy
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05.19.10 - 11:17 am

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Planes, trains, horses and chains.




nathansnider
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05.19.10 - 12:08 pm

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nathansnider
05.19.10 - 12:10 pm

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I love lots of donuts!

Weds is my chores day. Oh woe is me.





Joe Borfo
responding to a comment by nathansnider
05.19.10 - 12:14 pm

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word. i have my folding bike in the trunk, but no tools/supplies, and no lights =[

if my friend has a spare front light i'll be there.



tfunk408
05.19.10 - 1:20 pm

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What are the other nine reasons you won't be there, Borf?



PC
responding to a comment by Joe Borfo
05.19.10 - 1:57 pm

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I have to wash Esther's pony.



Joe Borfo
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05.19.10 - 2:05 pm

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In response to a couple of people who have asked me about the scavenger hunt list...

500 - the ocean
200 - Griffith Observatory
200 - Society of the Spectacle
200 - riding Angel's Flight
200 - eating something at Den Dinner
150 - Angel's Point
150 - Chuck Norris's Walk of Fame star
150 - Museum of Jurassic Technology
150 - Spago
150 - Ennis House
100 - in the LA River
100 - John Wayne
75 - airplane
75 - vintage trolley car
75 - spiral ramp or staircase
75 - view of downtown from top of hill
75 - inside an elevator
75 - Chick Hearn
50 - tunnel
50 - sign with the word "passage" on it
50 - Wolfpack Hustle sticker
50 - Little Ethiopia
50 - In-N-Out Burger
50 - Ooga Booga
50 - holding a bowling ball
50 - a Barney
40 - fountain
40 - abandoned couch
40 - traffic circle
40 - giant bell
40 - wizard
40 - top of a parking garage
40 - fiberglass mascot/character
40 - SCI-Arc
40 - Pacific Design Center
40 - Schindler House
40 - Magic Castle
30 - Brown Derby
30 - Beard Papa's
30 - Machine Project
30 - movie studio
30 - sign purporting to be the "original" of something
25 - bridge
25 - any of the signs from the Type ride
25 - bike rack that looks like a bike
25 - ducks or geese
25 - roadkill
20 - sign prohibiting bike riding
20 - gazebo
20 - donut shop
20 - soul food restaurant
20 - 24-hour restaurant
20 - 99¢ Only store
20 - Mr. Pizza Factory
10 - sign stating that a park is closed at night
10 - sign with misspelled words on it
10 - underpass
10 - bike shop
10 - high school
5 - sphere or globe

-10 points for each minute late



theroyalacademy
05.19.10 - 3:30 pm

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I just flew in from Burbank, and boy are my legs tired! Here's the route from tonight.



nathansnider
05.20.10 - 2:19 am

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Woke up with incredibly sore legs! Awesome route Nathan! The views were really worth the climb :)



Gizzard
05.20.10 - 7:21 am

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If you're getting sore, there are a few simple things you can do to help combat that:

1) More water and food during the ride

Keeping your body full of the stuff it needs means the ride will take less of a toll on it.

2) Don't go to sleep right when you get home

After a few donuts, this is never a problem for me. But, if you aren't flying high from sugar (or adrenalin), you're probably getting right into bed after getting back from the ride. Don't. Try to stay awake and stay on your feet for at least a few minutes (20-30). Do some stretching. Or just do the dishes. Whatever. Just don't go motionless right away.

3) Chocolate milk

Seriously, the best recovery drink. I had been told about it and never believed until I did ALC and saw that most of the stronger riders downed the stuff after the day's ride. It works. Hopefully, you're not lactose intolerant (or vegan).

4) Recovery ride

I hear a lot of people say they mostly just ride on Wednesday night. At least in terms of riding to challenge themselves. It is good, the day after, to climb a hill or two, or to make those muscles really work a little bit in some way. If you're sore, this might seem counterintuitive (and, certainly, if you hurt, you probably want to rest), but afterwards you will feel better.

-

Our ride is not a hustle or anything, so we don't really stress the "fitness" aspect nor the concomitant nutrition/recovery needs. (We stress the victory donuts.) But the reality is that if we treat our bodies a little better, the ride will be easier and more fun for all.

Which isn't to say I'm going to stop eating the donuts.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Gizzard
05.20.10 - 12:32 pm

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fantastic ride last night, thanks for all the work you do scouting such an great route! after peeling off @ fountain, i had tacos at the 101. it was good, but i'll do the victory donuts next time!



PeterR
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05.20.10 - 2:07 pm

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Thanks sean! After reading this, I'm pretty sure it was due to not having victory donuts! That post ride ritual is my chocolate milk fix AND keeps me awake for a few minutes!

Btw, shoot me an email I have some info for you that I forgot to give: lilwahine at gmail



Gizzard
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
05.20.10 - 3:06 pm

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Email sent.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Gizzard
05.20.10 - 4:06 pm

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Hey dudes!

Where is that awesome tube/tunnel I see in the pictures? Looks like I missed a killer ride.



SkeletonKey
05.20.10 - 6:17 pm

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Near Travel Town



theroyalacademy
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05.20.10 - 6:38 pm

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(Though that map is a little deceiving. Because the readily visible tunnel, under the E-W Zoo Drive, isn't the one in the pictures. The tunnel from the pictures is perpendicular to it, under N-S Zoo, mostly hidden by trees.)



theroyalacademy
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05.20.10 - 6:43 pm

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The tubetunnel is right where we first hit Zoo Drive on the north side of the park.

It looks like it was probably part of a mini-train route at one point, but now there's an overgrown fence and a bunch of ivy blocking the way into Travel Town. It doesn't really go anywhere, so obviously, we had to take it.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by SkeletonKey
05.20.10 - 6:44 pm

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Er, yeah, what Sean said, with the map and everything.



nathansnider
05.20.10 - 6:47 pm

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wow your ride looked like alot of fun.going through drains .Ill see you guys next wed.



Huey555
05.20.10 - 7:24 pm

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What's the theme for the 26th?



bryan_w
05.25.10 - 10:01 am

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You guys are so demanding! Every week....

We are LAZY, ya know?

But, seriously, the enthusiasm is appreciated. Really.

....I'll get this week's ride posted later today. Get ready for approximately 33% more distance and 100% less hills than last week. That's right: NO hills. At least, nothing that I would call a hill.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by bryan_w
05.25.10 - 2:09 pm

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I hate that I'm missing this. Doc orders to stay off my bike for a month, So I'll see you guys in in 4 weeks :(



Gizzard
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
05.25.10 - 2:35 pm

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A MONTH! Oh no! You're going to miss the 1-year anniversary too! (Though that event will likely include a non-bike-riding component.)

Well, rest up and get better!



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Gizzard
05.25.10 - 3:27 pm

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When is the 1 year?! I'll for sure make it to the non riding portion!



Gizzard
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
05.25.10 - 3:29 pm

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In three weeks. The 16th.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Gizzard
05.25.10 - 3:45 pm

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1 year almost, wow, time flys.... good work



braydon
05.25.10 - 3:48 pm

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The Passing of One Year of Passaging.





Graham
05.25.10 - 3:58 pm

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I know, crazy, right? Nearly one year ago we did our first ride and only one person showed up. Now, one year later, at least five or six people show up each week!



theroyalacademy
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05.25.10 - 4:00 pm

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(Though, honestly, we wouldn't have it any other way. It would be impossible to do what we do with too much larger of a group.)



theroyalacademy
05.25.10 - 4:01 pm

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cant wait to ride it again



Gav
05.25.10 - 7:35 pm

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Reminder: we're going to try to leave right around 9 tonight. Not ten or fifteen past. Nine. Really. Please.



theroyalacademy
05.26.10 - 4:31 pm

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34miles? That's it?!
Julio and i hustled that shit 2wks ago on that damn scavenger hunt y'all rigged up! I miss you Germans :)



d-styles
05.27.10 - 2:14 am

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thanks for the great ride through the battlegrounds last night, looking forward to the casino pic!



PeterR
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05.27.10 - 2:49 pm

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Not too big to fail.

Tonight!



nathansnider
06.2.10 - 1:35 pm

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Also, let me reiterate:

It's 30-odd miles again this week, so we leave at 9PM. You would do well to show up on time, lest the bank foreclose on your fun for the evening.



nathansnider
06.2.10 - 1:50 pm

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The route! Thanks for coming out, everyone.



nathansnider
06.3.10 - 4:09 am

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"don't get lost"





Kakihara
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06.3.10 - 9:52 am

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That lady jogging with us on central was classic shit. And that bar fight in ktown. Thanks Nathan



d-styles
06.3.10 - 2:32 pm

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dear Passage riders:

IT'S NATIONAL DONUT DAY!

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/comments_blog/2010/06/national-donut-day-2010-krispie-kreme-dunkin.html







SkeletonKey
06.4.10 - 3:37 pm

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where you guys headed this week? how many miles?



Huey555
06.7.10 - 12:46 am

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that fight made my stomach turn.... i think a donut was the cure though.



braydon
responding to a comment by d-styles
06.7.10 - 1:14 am

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bump any info



Huey555
06.7.10 - 8:46 pm

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the only important thing to know is, will people be able to catch the last metro rail?



tfunk408
06.7.10 - 9:51 pm

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Ah... you know us; we always try to get the ride post up at least 4 hours before start time. I'm sure Sean's got something planned. I have no idea what the mileage will be, but even the more sprawling routes we've been doing lately have gotten us back with enough time for people to catch the blue line south when they needed to, even if they had to break off a few blocks early. In fact, except for the ET Ride, where a couple Ridazz had to carpool back to the Valley, I don't think anyone's missed their train yet (have they?).

And where will it go, you ask? Probably somewhere we haven't been yet, I imagine. (for reference, this is where we've been so far)



nathansnider
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06.8.10 - 12:55 am

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for sure. might just play it safe and drive out to this.



tfunk408
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06.8.10 - 1:42 am

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sweet.How do you post all the routes on a map like that? curious WOW you guys been all over.



Huey555
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06.8.10 - 3:55 am

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There's no real secret to it. Just Photoshop and a little determination, 'sall.

1) Ride your bike.
2) Map out the route you rode on gmap-pedometer.
3) Take a screen capture of the map.
4) Select the color range in Photoshop that matches the route path.
5) Paste the route path as a new layer onto a blank map.
6) Set layer blending to "Darken" to avoid artifacts from overlaying multiple paths.
7) Repeat once a week for a year.

And that's basically it.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by Huey555
06.8.10 - 3:23 pm

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Or with GIMP O__O :)



braydon
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06.8.10 - 10:40 pm

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GIMP's sleeping



secretragingcow
06.9.10 - 9:15 am

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Also, while we do have another long route this week, I think with leaving on time and a little bit of hustle we should get back in time for the subway(s). We are, however, going in pretty much the opposite direction from all the trains, so if there are an inordinate number of flats or something, it might be tough. ...I don't know. Don't want to give any guarantees or anything, but I don't think it will be a problem.



theroyalacademy
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06.9.10 - 10:42 am

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what's the hill situation looking like this week. Geared? Fixed?

Get the GIMP



secretragingcow
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
06.9.10 - 11:12 am

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Nothing too crazy.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by secretragingcow
06.9.10 - 12:00 pm

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Kinda off topic, but worth bringing up. Seemingly inappropriate names for free software isn't a new thing, i.e. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), in fact, it's kind of a trend. Git is another one. They work well for what it is, it's only four letters, easy to type, and it doesn't conflict with the names of anything else in the software repository. Thoughtful consideration however is given to the many of the names of distributions of free software operating systems. Which I think is a reflection of the culture. The complete software package, the operating systems are important, the names of the applications really are not worth the time. Ubuntu, Debian, and Gentoo for example. Ubuntu is probably the best, as it translates to: "humanity towards others".



braydon
responding to a comment by secretragingcow
06.9.10 - 12:44 pm

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I thought Ubuntu was a West African word meaning "can't configure Debian."



PC
responding to a comment by braydon
06.9.10 - 1:38 pm

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BMMM BMMMM BMMMB MBBBBMMBB



Foldie
responding to a comment by PC
06.9.10 - 1:41 pm

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1,000 points to you.



braydon
responding to a comment by PC
06.9.10 - 2:21 pm

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My pony is washing my eye tonight. I can’t make it
booo




Kakihara
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
06.9.10 - 3:04 pm

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Eh, I wanted to like the GIMP, but I could never warm up to it. Maybe it was the user interface. Maybe it was the ball gag. Maybe I was just too lazy to learn all the keyboard shortcuts. Anyway, the "free-ness," by itself, has never been quite enough incentive for me to start using it, when I already have Photoshop to tie up and whip.



nathansnider
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06.9.10 - 3:14 pm

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The experience running it on Mac OS X is garbage, or Windows from what I would imagine, mainly because you have to start up X11, it's usually the only application that needs it. So it's inconsistent with the rest of the OS. It's much better when running it where X runs all the time.



braydon
responding to a comment by nathansnider
06.9.10 - 3:23 pm

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I accept these 1,000 points on behalf of whoever actually came up with that quip (I read it somewhere).



PC
responding to a comment by braydon
06.9.10 - 3:35 pm

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Ubuntu means humanity... but quick question....why does everyone like ubuntu?



app6la
responding to a comment by PC
06.9.10 - 3:41 pm

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maybe from, whos line is it anyway?



braydon
responding to a comment by PC
06.9.10 - 3:52 pm

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I thought it was another one of those stock-reply "meme" things for a bit too, but then I watched the video and said "now hey, maybe that was a little more clever than I thought." Or maybe it wasn't. It's hard to be sure, when one's cleverness depends so much on whom one intended to quote.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by PC
06.9.10 - 3:58 pm

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Or, y'know, a game show, or whatever. Even so, that's far cleverer than parroting some bullshit from 4chan...



nathansnider
06.9.10 - 4:00 pm

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Sean-

I know you have a get there on time policy this week, but I would appreciate a few minutes leeway due to my late shift this afternoon.

kthxbye





SkeletonKey
06.9.10 - 5:11 pm

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Guess I'd better drive out for this one, then. Silly train, ending at 12:30...



outerspace
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06.9.10 - 6:58 pm

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We had never been to Pico & Sepulveda until tonight!

I can't believe you guys have never heard this song.



jeffwr3
06.10.10 - 1:47 am

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Crap. Made a slight mistake.

Here's the correct route.



theroyalacademy
06.10.10 - 1:52 am

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haha the only thing there is 7-11.



tfunk408
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06.10.10 - 2:27 am

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thanks sean, nathan, and everyone else for a great evening of riding. definitely an interesting route "from the east to the beach". also, thanks for waiting up for my buddy. he said the last ride he remembers is the handbone ride, so it's been a while =] looking forward to next week's adventures.



tfunk408
06.10.10 - 2:30 am

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Thanks for coming out. Glad to hear you guys got back okay.



theroyalacademy
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06.10.10 - 2:33 am

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we ended up riding back with matt when he stopped to wait for us at a light. i am slightly sad to miss out on the fun in cheviot hills.



tfunk408
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
06.10.10 - 2:40 am

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Great route! Boss wanted me to work late tonight, but I offered to work late Thurs and Fri in exchange for tonight, and I'm so glad he took me up on it.

I'm feeling super, super dead now. I need to get back in shape, that shouldn't have been quite so hard for me...



outerspace
06.10.10 - 3:04 am

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FOR THE LOVE OF CHRIST, I copy and pasted the wrong thing.

What I meant to put there was the:
RIDE POSTING
RIDE POSTING
RIDE POSTING
RIDE POSTING
RIDE POSTING

(The link in the previous post should take you to our new announcement list on Google Groups.)
(Which I encourage you to join.)



theroyalacademy
06.15.10 - 11:49 pm

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Happy Birthday Passage!



bryan_w
06.16.10 - 2:56 pm

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OMFG HAPPY BIRFDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


so excited to see y'alls tonight :)




Gizzard
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
06.16.10 - 3:07 pm

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Thanks again to everyone who came out tonight to celebrate our anniversary and everyone who has come to all our previous rides.



For information about the past, visit our website.
For information about the future, sign up for our mailing list.



theroyalacademy
06.17.10 - 12:49 am

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I will forever regret not asking Michael Cera (and the other guy) to take a pic with US... Damn...



Gizzard
06.17.10 - 1:00 am

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It was just nice to see them come out to help us celebrate our Passageversary.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Gizzard
06.17.10 - 1:16 am

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Lol! True that! :)


Thanks Sean and Nathan! And to many more rides, hills and victory donuts!!! :)



Gizzard
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
06.17.10 - 1:23 am

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Whatshisname totally missed out on the opportunity to get his picture taken with us. Coulda gotten his face in the history books and everything, looking all awkward and stuff. He'll never know how close he came. He'll never know.

Ah, but here's what is going in the history books: tonight's route.



nathansnider
06.17.10 - 2:02 am

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Oh noes! You forgot the turn down Ocean View, off 3rd.

(Still, much better job of remembering the convoluted route we took than I would've done.)



theroyalacademy
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06.17.10 - 2:08 am

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Ah, OK - something was bugging me about that leg, but I couldn't quite figure it out. I fixed the map to include Ocean View and Coronado now (should work using the same link), but I can't remember whether we turned on 3rd or 4th to get to Rampart. A pretty minor point, I guess, but let me know if it needs more fixing...



nathansnider
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
06.17.10 - 2:46 am

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So I was kind of nerding out with the old maps today, as I do from time to time, and I realized that we've ridden over 1150 miles in the last year. Our passage has included 21 different cities, not even counting the unincorporated areas like Universal City, Altadena, East LA, etc.:

Los Angeles
Burbank
Glendale
Pasadena
South Pasadena
Alhambra
Monterey Park
Commerce
Vernon
Maywood
Bell Gardens
Bell
Huntington Park
Montebello
Gardena
Inglewood
El Segundo
Culver City
Santa Monica
Beverly Hills
West Hollywood

So, yeah. For a little bit, I even thought about trying to estimate the number of victory donuts we've eaten, but it's probably best to let some things remain mysterious.



nathansnider
06.17.10 - 11:30 pm

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Could you somehow estimate/calculate the cumulative elevation of our rides? Like, if we just piled our highest elevation gains on top of one another how high would we have traveled?



SkeletonKey
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06.17.10 - 11:47 pm

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Oh, definitely! I'll do that next time I'm nerding out, for sure.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by SkeletonKey
06.18.10 - 12:25 am

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You bastards, I want to go! BTW I'll be back around my birthday (July 12).



Eyequake
06.22.10 - 4:04 pm

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OK, so I added up all of our climbs and our cumulative elevation gain for the first 51 rides is... 22,350 feet! Actually, this is just the difference between minimum and maximum elevations for each ride, so it doesn't account for multiple climbs on the same route. Including all those, we've surely climbed the equivalent of Mount Everest by now.

In any case, we will be adding another 1,330 feet to the total tonight. Easy!



nathansnider
06.23.10 - 4:47 pm

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...and no flats!

Jesus is real.





theroyalacademy
06.24.10 - 1:46 am

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thanks again for the ride. Nathan is a beast for doing this route on back to back nights. my garmin says we did 26 miles and 1800 ft of climbing.



tfunk408
06.24.10 - 2:02 am

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Thanks for the ride guys! We broke off on Eagle Rock to get home before turning into pumpkins. See you next time!



nancine
06.24.10 - 2:03 am

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Wow. Jesus, Buddha, and black widows. The places you can get people to go when you call it a "bike ride," it's amazing, I tell you... Thanks for coming, everybody!

(and here's the route)



nathansnider
06.24.10 - 2:15 am

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Thanks for the ride (and hike). Good times.



KevinRH
06.24.10 - 2:12 pm

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Classic Passage last night. I discovered a bunch of little scrape-cuts on my leg from my slide down the hill, but it was totally worth it.



SkeletonKey
06.24.10 - 6:23 pm

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If anyone's interested, more photos from the past two weeks (and other weeks too) can be found at http://www.theroyalacademy.org/Passage/Photos.



theroyalacademy
06.25.10 - 10:56 am

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Remember the Hollywood sign ride six months ago and how we got chased off the mountain before we got to the top? Remember how we said that someone should try that again? Someone's trying it again tomorrow night.

This isn't really a proper Passage ride, but it is cobbled together from previous Passage routes (#24 and #26). If you missed the first ones, or if you want to finally make it up to the top of Mt. Lee, or if you just didn't get in enough climbing on this week's route, then come out for this!



nathansnider
06.25.10 - 6:21 pm

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GROWL! wish i was in town :(

have fun ya'lls! ride safe and take a billion pix!



Gizzard
responding to a comment by nathansnider
06.25.10 - 6:32 pm

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Yo, Nathan, check your email. I need to get a bio from you ASAP. Thanks!



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by nathansnider
06.25.10 - 7:04 pm

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Nice pictures Sean. Hollywood sign ride sounds fun but Nancy and I are hosting a little soirée that night. Next, next time.



KevinRH
06.25.10 - 9:41 pm

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REMIX!





Joe Borfo
06.29.10 - 1:04 am

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Totally using the puff daddy reference to post one of the greatest pieces of art ever made (yes, even better than "miracles"):





SkeletonKey
06.29.10 - 1:05 am

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Oh, and I finally made 1-year anniversary spoke cards. Only two weeks late -- not bad. If you were on the actual anniversary ride and can't make it this week, let me know and I'll put one aside for you.



theroyalacademy
06.29.10 - 12:41 pm

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Will be back in CA sometime July 7th maybe see you then… save one for meeeeeeeeeow!

Yay




Kakihara
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
06.29.10 - 1:03 pm

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Will do.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Kakihara
06.29.10 - 1:17 pm

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Hey guys, we should probably try to leave on time tonight. NINE PM. Be there.



theroyalacademy
06.30.10 - 10:49 am

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can't make it tonight. bummed to miss the remix of all remixes. have a good one.



tfunk408
06.30.10 - 12:37 pm

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how many donuts is this ride rated?
ooooo
oooo
ooo
oo
o

?





trickmilla
06.30.10 - 12:49 pm

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(And, remember, our ranking system is: 1 = easy; 2 = average; 3 = ouch; 4 = super easy)



theroyalacademy
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06.30.10 - 1:18 pm

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4= super easy?!?

Can you save me a spoke card from the anniversary ride? As of yet I'm at 1.5 donuts so I'll be at barchopz tonight but I'll start getting my legs ready for next weeks ride ;)



Gizzard
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
06.30.10 - 1:52 pm

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Thanks for the update!

Sorry I forgot it was a 4 donut scale (or rather a 3 donut + 1 scale) and not a 5 donut scale.



trickmilla
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
06.30.10 - 1:55 pm

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Have you ever tried to eat 4 donuts after a really hard ride? NOT RECOMMENDED.

But, yeah, I'll save you a card. No problem. Raise a glass for TPOAFPTARBMIT tonight and we'll see you next week.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Gizzard
06.30.10 - 2:01 pm

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I played the sax in HS, maybe I should take it up again...



alicestrong
responding to a comment by Joe Borfo
06.30.10 - 6:23 pm

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Okay, so I lied about the mileage. Only ended up being about 26 miles. And I lied about there being no ditches to fall into. Sorry Gav! But I didn't lie about the off-roading, did I?

Thanks for coming out and thanks Tyler and Liz for meeting up with us in Burbank.

Here's tonight's route.

Now it's time to wash your bike!



theroyalacademy
07.1.10 - 1:40 am

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saw y'all pass by on Vermont!



Roadblock
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
07.1.10 - 2:27 am

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I don't know how to convert this to donuts, but after I got back last night I had 2 pieces of buttered raisin toast, a small orange, and cliff bar.

Thanks for the vigorous ride!



trickmilla
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
07.1.10 - 8:54 am

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I'll remember ever to bing road pedals to this ride again



Gav
07.1.10 - 9:02 am

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never***



Gav
07.1.10 - 9:02 am

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Yeah, if we keep up like this, everyone is going to start showing up with full cyclocross set-ups.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Gav
07.1.10 - 9:34 am

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that is an awesome route.... i am going to try it ....



dayone
07.1.10 - 9:37 am

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if you're looking for an excuse to get a fat tire townie/cross bike, you'll likely find it on the passage.



tfunk408
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
07.1.10 - 1:33 pm

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HA Guess what I just bought?



et
responding to a comment by tfunk408
07.1.10 - 4:00 pm

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Really, E? Well then I expect to see you in Ktown next wednesday.



SkeletonKey
responding to a comment by et
07.1.10 - 5:19 pm

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show up on the passage on a fat tire townie and you might only make it a few miles.
this ride tends to keep a zippy pace and is not afraid to attack a lot of hills in pursuit of an interesting destination.



trickmilla
responding to a comment by tfunk408
07.1.10 - 5:22 pm

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I would not have wanted to carry a townie up that hill two weeks ago...my steel frame was heavy enough!



nancine
07.1.10 - 6:02 pm

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It's still in the mail but when I get it you'll see me :)



et
responding to a comment by SkeletonKey
07.1.10 - 6:05 pm

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as if hiking in cleats is any better



tfunk408
responding to a comment by nancine
07.1.10 - 6:30 pm

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Mountain bike shoes make it a breeze!

I didn't get off work until too late this week.

I still have the Anniversary Birthday Party Hat Attendance Sheet. It needs some more signatures from people who left before we thought of it!



outerspace
responding to a comment by tfunk408
07.4.10 - 12:42 am

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Iain why are you posting this loop over and over. Cut it out your being a dick.



tortuga_veloce
07.4.10 - 7:52 am

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Thank you Don!



theroyalacademy
07.5.10 - 1:05 pm

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UK for me.



SkeletonKey
07.6.10 - 5:01 pm

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Oh, hey, I'm Hungary already! ()

No, but seriously, maybe Kyrgyzstan?

And let me reiterate, in case it wasn't already clear: it's an easy one tonight. On our standard rating scale, this is a "one donut" ride. Or, if you prefer, a "one churro" ride... or a "one mandazi" ride... or a "one lokma" ride... (whatever suits your fancy). But easy! I'll try to arrange the route so that the later stops are close to downtown, allowing people to catch their trains in the case that diplomatic negotiations run into overtime.



nathansnider
07.7.10 - 10:51 am

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Sounds delicious but I can’t make it tonight : (
I am back but my bike is not going to be here for a few more days (pending the shitty luck I had traveling to Austin is not a round-trip affair) - also I should like, start to, umm, maybe pack and move and stuff….. it is JULY after all!

Have fun – see you next week.

-e-




Kakihara
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07.7.10 - 11:00 am

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Went to one of the Russian markets here in West Hollywood. Many nationalities represented but few on the list.

Ended up with: Israel.

And might pick up a few others on my way home.



theroyalacademy
07.7.10 - 2:24 pm

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no off roading this time?



Gav
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
07.7.10 - 2:53 pm

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After the whole "no ditches to fall in" false promise, I'm not going to guarantee anything. But, yeah, I think Nathan's intent is to keep things nice and simple this week.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Gav
07.7.10 - 3:01 pm

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This sounds really good!



alicestrong
07.7.10 - 5:32 pm

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It looks like the British aren't coming tonight. I have a bunch of obligations I should take care of tonight.



SkeletonKey
07.7.10 - 6:31 pm

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were will you guys be heading tonight?



OCHO
07.7.10 - 7:27 pm

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Thanks for coming, all; here's tonight's route.

We made contact with Canada!

Also on the itinerary: Thailand, Israel, Chile, Belgium, The Philippines, Korea and Japan.



nathansnider
07.8.10 - 1:53 am

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really awesome idea for a ride Nathan. wish I could have gone!!



Roadblock
responding to a comment by nathansnider
07.8.10 - 2:13 am

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Surely this will get old at some point, but as long as we keep riding new places, I'm going to keep making new maps:



Er, "maps" anyway. Darker areas are areas we've encircled more often, just as darker lines are streets we've ridden more often.

The white space is we still need to go.



nathansnider
07.11.10 - 6:35 pm

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The white space is where we still need to go. Obviously.

I kind of like the ungrammatical version, though. It's like the imperative "we still need to go" is synonymous with (or somehow embedded within) the blank space on the map. But uh, yeah, me type bad.



nathansnider
07.11.10 - 6:42 pm

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Plus One

more maps the merrier.



SkeletonKey
07.11.10 - 11:48 pm

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any mountain climbing tonite?



d-styles
07.14.10 - 5:22 pm

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Nathan, how due yoo make dis?



Roadblock
responding to a comment by nathansnider
07.14.10 - 5:38 pm

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The maps are awesome! I wish I thought of them first, but... eh. Then I'd have been too lazy to do anything with the idea.



outerspace
07.14.10 - 6:11 pm

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No mountains tonight. But definitely several short, 150-300 ft. hills. Yet a short route overall, so there's no rush.

A good night for people who want to work on their climbing!



theroyalacademy
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07.14.10 - 7:13 pm

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I guess there are a number of ways you could make something like this, but the way I do it is to start with the composite route map I've already created. Then, for each route layer:
1) Select the layer mask (Ctrl-click on the layer thumbnail in Photoshop).
2) Fill the selection with a very light shade of gray (hit it maybe 7 or 8 times with that paint bucket to make sure any areas that were only partially selected get totally filled).
3) Set the layer blending to "Multiply."

which creates a map like this...

Then duplicate the document and go through each layer again, filling in all the areas "inside" the route path, creating a map like this...

Then multiply those two images together and play with levels or curves or whatever until the contrast seems right.

I guess this all sounds kind of tedious/complicated, but now that I've got the system down, it's really just 10 minutes of work every week adding new layers to the existing maps. Worth it? I think so.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by Roadblock
07.16.10 - 1:55 am

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OK, so this morning I scouted a super-hilly route for this week, but by doing so, I messed up my knee, meaning that now I can't actually lead a ride on that super-hilly route for this week. Next time, Oppenheimer, next time.

But anyway, the point is: don't be too terribly surprised if the announcement goes up at the last minute again this week. Ride's still happening, but probably at a considerably lower donut rating than originally planned.



nathansnider
07.20.10 - 6:48 pm

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you and Sean are beasts (i mean that in a good way) for scouting the route a day or two before and then leading the group. i look forward to the fruits of your labor.



tfunk408
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07.21.10 - 2:59 am

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OK, fine Oppenheimer, have it your way...


(yes, this means my knee has miraculously recovered, and the hilly route is on for tonight!)



nathansnider
07.21.10 - 4:22 pm

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GAH! this ride description is so tempting! I was super excited to see you guys again when i read that you guys were gonna keep it flat.... but since the hills are back on, i aint gonna kid myself, I'm gonna take it one hill a ride (not 8).

ps. nate, awesome pic!



Gizzard
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07.21.10 - 4:30 pm

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My knee is still fucked. I am also moving (yes, still.. ) so I think I should be responsible and take care of my responsibilities tonight.
Have a good ride!
-e-




Kakihara
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07.21.10 - 4:38 pm

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I laugh at your puny hills now.



secretragingcow
07.21.10 - 5:43 pm

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@Kakihara
What happened to your knee? :[

@Gizzard
I think if I can do it, you can do it. ;] I seem to remember you doing better than I did on the Birthday Ride!!

Next week can we do a long distance training ride to help get ready for Donutzz? I need some kind of training... never done more than 50mi before and even that was a long, long time ago.



outerspace
07.21.10 - 5:53 pm

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I guess my description was kind of ambiguous, but it's really just two hills that we spend 8 miles riding through. And only about 3 of those miles are up, so if you look at it that way, it's not so bad, right?

It's a hilly route, but you can totally do it.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by Gizzard
07.21.10 - 6:12 pm

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So you're coming out to laugh it up tonight then, right?



nathansnider
responding to a comment by secretragingcow
07.21.10 - 6:20 pm

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imma rofl it up after this



secretragingcow
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07.21.10 - 6:25 pm

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LOL! wow i must be completely brain dead cuz it totally isn't ambiguous. i like to come on to MR and not have to think... muahahah.

ima continue debating amongst myself on this one...

ps that video IS CRAZY!



Gizzard
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07.21.10 - 6:31 pm

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I am curious what the grades were on some of the hills we did last week. Sure felt like more than 7%, even if it was only for a couple hundred feet... each...



outerspace
07.21.10 - 6:38 pm

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We could just skip the ride and go watch Atomic Cafe



secretragingcow
07.21.10 - 6:41 pm

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Great ride.

EPIC hills, up and down.



TheDude
07.22.10 - 4:01 am

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Excellent ride! I slept so well. Thanks for org-ing!



et
07.22.10 - 9:14 am

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Probably good that you sat that one out. Even I was cursing Nathan's name as we ascended the last hill.

Going to try to figure out something suitable for everyone's healing bodies for next week.



theroyalacademy
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07.22.10 - 9:28 am

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(Which isn't to say I didn't enjoy it.)



theroyalacademy
07.22.10 - 9:30 am

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Thanks for coming out, everybody! Here's a little more information on that secret film studio. Sorry that the landmarks I was telling everybody to look for were missing. A lot can change in 48 hours, I guess.

Also, here's the route!



nathansnider
07.22.10 - 10:54 am

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Great fun, as always! Most amazing view I have seen in a long time. Awesome spot, and totally worth the climb. Not that the climb wasn't worth doing just on its own. ;]

You know, I made it about half way up that gigantic finale hill, and then I had to walk it the rest of the way. Only the second time I ever had to dismount on a hill! (Both have been Passage rides.) Anyway, making it half way tells me if I keep working at it, I can eventually make it up the whole thing. Passage is making me stronger!

Also, don't hesitate to keep calling me out on all the whining I do at the starts of rides. It's a bad habit I could use some help breaking. :[ ;D

Thank you guys!



outerspace
07.22.10 - 11:24 am

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thanks guys, what a fantastic ride last night. from this point forward, whenever i see old footage of mushroom clouds, i will think about radiated unprocessed negative being soaked in chemicles somewhere in that bunker, on top of that insane hill, with fog rolling over the ridge



PeterR
07.22.10 - 3:10 pm

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pretty bummed i missed out, just had too much work to do, on top of recovering from sleep deprivation. thanks for posting the route, i'll add that onto my list of things to do.



tfunk408
07.22.10 - 4:10 pm

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btw, anyone doing the dark century saturday?



tfunk408
07.22.10 - 4:11 pm

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That ride had some of the most fun and epic one lane feeling downhill sections.

Climbing all those hills was worth the payoff of some of the best downhill little strets and canyon roads I have ever ridden.

Thank you for posting the route.



TheDude
07.27.10 - 11:19 pm

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Ye olde bicycle ryde




(But an easy 2)



theroyalacademy
07.28.10 - 10:01 am

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Is Barchopz tonight? I think it might be.



theroyalacademy
07.28.10 - 10:25 am

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After the "Sexiest Photo" fiasco you should be appreciative of all the "bumping" going on. :P



July
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
07.28.10 - 10:27 am

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Not going to make this one... but I will see you on Saturday.



Kakihara
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
07.28.10 - 11:01 am

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You just rode by my house!!! Ahahahahah that was awesome!!!!

I live on Louise in Mar Vista! Good to see you guys!!



jonnyboy
07.28.10 - 10:08 pm

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This was tonight's route. Thanks, everybody, for coming out.



theroyalacademy
07.29.10 - 1:58 am

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The funny thing is that I didn't intend to take us down Louise. It was, technically, a wrong turn. But I guess it was just calling out to us.

(One of these days I want to do a route where I convince a bunch of people to bake us cookies and then stop at each of their houses.)



theroyalacademy
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07.29.10 - 1:59 am

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Dude that was seriously awesome!!! My legs feel like spaghetti!
Ps. Thanks for hanging on to that spoke card! I love it!



Gizzard
07.29.10 - 8:37 am

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not sure about baking cookies buuuuuuuut I do have some really great tea I wouldn't mind sharing (esp. since Nathan was the one who turned me onto the pu erh teas)
we can do this even if I am on the ride. I just (since July 8) moved to this place and nothing is unpacked. Give me another month ahhahahah I will find a kettle.





Kakihara
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
07.29.10 - 9:22 am

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... and tea is a good "active recovery" drink, too, since it has antioxidants (i recently started throwing teabags in water bottles as opposed to sports drinks). there's a tea place in chinatown that has a good selection. and i just saw little teapots at ranch 99 market for 3.99.



tfunk408
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08.4.10 - 2:22 am

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Can you recommend a tea that is high in antioxidants and low in caffeine (or caffeine free)? Caffeine makes a mess of me on rides.



outerspace
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08.4.10 - 12:45 pm

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Srsly when did people start giving soooo much of a fuck about free radicals? Every god damn thing I see now has some shit about “high in antioxidants” do people even know what that means? Look into white tea. That might be it but I haven’t done any research on it bc I really don’t care about antioxidants. I like gin. Yummm Hendrick’s gin. Maybe that has some anti-oxidants
Sorry not ripping on you just kinda funny how ubiquitous this word has become

Meow meow




Kakihara
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08.4.10 - 1:48 pm

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btw if you tell me what tea is high in this but low in caffeine and i have such a tea i will bring a sample for you tonight if you like... i think i can make it out tonight!
-e-



Kakihara
08.4.10 - 2:08 pm

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Er, linkfail. Let's try that again:

They are big, and we are small...



nathansnider
08.4.10 - 3:36 pm

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no tea guru here but E is right, a white/green tea would probably be good. a little caffeine isn't bad, but during strenuous exercise its diuretic effects can result in faster loss of electrolytes. the trick to not having to pee so bad on rides is to not start drinking liquids until you've already worked up a moderate sweat. nowadays i don't even take a sip of water until i'm 5-10 miles into a ride.



tfunk408
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08.4.10 - 3:40 pm

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So, I guess we're going to Bell?



SkeletonKey
08.4.10 - 3:41 pm

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intriguing ride. want to make it but not sure i can. have a good one.



tfunk408
responding to a comment by nathansnider
08.4.10 - 3:42 pm

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Ding-ding-ding!

Oh, man, punomatopoeia. Ouch.



nathansnider
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08.4.10 - 4:21 pm

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I am liking this idea of a tea party ride very much. Seeing as how we've been promising traffic median tea parties in our "things you might expect" list for over a year now, it's about time. Let's find a way to do this whenever you get unpacked.

The only tea I have that's both "high in antioxidants" and low in caffeine is contraband smuggled back from Peru. The packaging claims that it "acts against fatigue and altitude sickness" and "relieves tiredness of voice." Always such a problem, that tiredness of voice...

I think the antioxidant thing is often just a convenient marketing gimmick, but rooibos tea is also supposed to be high in antioxidants and caffeine free.



nathansnider
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08.4.10 - 4:36 pm

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My tea is unpacked… it is going fast though so let’s talk and I can get some more stuff online or at least run down to china town/little Tokyo for a fast pick-up
talk to you more about this tonight



Kakihara
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08.4.10 - 5:03 pm

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good one.



SkeletonKey
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08.4.10 - 5:04 pm

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Srsly when did people start giving soooo much of a fuck about free radicals?

Decades ago. Late 1980s, at the latest.

You're just hearing about it now because it's safe for hipsters.



PC
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08.4.10 - 9:42 pm

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theroyalacademy
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08.5.10 - 2:26 am

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Thanks for coming out, everybody. Here's the route for this week. "A little over 30 miles," indeed.

Also, we've finally reached the edge of the map! A few feet further south and we'd need to make a bigger one, but not yet, not yet...



nathansnider
08.5.10 - 12:08 pm

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You know my year of birth is '82 PEEEEEEECEEEEEEEEEEE
I didn't make it to the US of A until '92
I was not bombarded by advertisements (granted, I don’t have a television so maybe on TV the ads have been around for years) about this antioxidant shit in everything! I didn’t notice these up until maybe 2 years ago in random liquor stores or grocery stores (ok I didn’t do much grocery shopping and restaurant menus don’t really mention anything about antioxidants buuuuuuuuut still!) on every god damn drink product! Now, I want fucking juice or some sort of tea drink and instead of reading a god damn label telling me the flavor and what the fuck the actual product is (juice, soda, carbonated jizz etc) ALL I can fucking read is *antioxidants*
That's all I am sayin'

I told you this at 3 am last night but you were probably too busy making fun of my donut consumption because I am a cyclist. Someone's computer showed that she had burned 1000+ calories on this ride. I don't really care what that means so I took that as my green light to eat 6 donuts!!!! Actually, I am embellishing - I only had two. But they were full of antioxidants!!!

Nathan great ride - loved the idea and route.




Kakihara
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08.5.10 - 12:36 pm

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I'm pretty sure those were antioxidants we were smelling in Vernon, especially near the snack factory. Thanks for the longest ride I've been on in a while!

I'm curious how the pace compares the other rides labeled as medium--was that pretty average? I'm pretty new to these group rides.



anty
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08.5.10 - 12:59 pm

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PS--Riding the rail!
"Riding the rail (also called running out of town on a rail) was a punishment of Colonial America in which a man was made to straddle a fence rail held on the shoulders of two men, with other men on either side to keep him upright on the rail. The victim was then paraded around town or taken to the city limits and dumped by the roadside. Injuries from the ride could, if the victim were stripped, result in a cut crotch that often made walking painful.

The punishment was usually a form of mob extrajudicial punishment imposed in connection with tarring and feathering. It was intended to show community displeasure and humiliate the victim so he either conformed his behavior or left. Alternatively the term also referred to tying a person's hands and feet around a rail so the person dangles under the rail.

Other references mention its being used as punishment for Confederate prisoners in Union POW camps during the American Civil War. In these cases, the victims were usually clothed."



anty
08.5.10 - 1:02 pm

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I rarely look at ride posts anymore, so I have no idea which rides are calling themselves "medium-paced" these days besides ourselves. But I can say that that was definitely a bit faster than we typically go. When we do longer routes, we tend to rush more to still get back at a semi-decent hour. Our rides usually fall into one of two categories: long, flat, and a little faster or else a little shorter, a little slower, and with fun hills.

I guess, in general, my thinking is:
5-12 mph = slow
13-19 mph = medium
20+ mph = fast

But it is all a matter of perspective, I guess.



theroyalacademy
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08.5.10 - 1:14 pm

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I took that as my green light to eat 6 donuts!!!! Actually, I am embellishing - I only had two. But they were full of antioxidants!!!

Hahah! That's why I didn't feel the need to supplement my donut dinner with tea.

According to ye infallible internet, gin is not high in antioxidants, but vermouth is; so maybe a martini is what we are looking at for a nice healthy drink before a good long ride.

I skimmed the Wikipedia article on antioxidants because there are only 4 errors per Wiki article on avg so there probably aren't any in the antioxidant article, right?! It says there is an article or study outlining the dangers and shortcomings of antioxidants for every article or study touting its benefits. Something something moderation something something. I dunno why I fell for the antioxidant marketing ploy, I don't normally go for that kind of thing.



outerspace
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08.5.10 - 2:25 pm

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Wondering if you gentlemen would create a new passage thread. Over a year and almost 800 posts makes it load slow. Just an FYI. Off to lurk.....



Foldie
08.5.10 - 2:42 pm

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fast is fun !



666
08.5.10 - 2:53 pm

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ok I didn’t do much grocery shopping and restaurant menus don’t really mention anything about antioxidants

See...that's it, right there. You are only noticing it now because it has only been within the last year or so that you realized that human beings can consume food without going to restaurants. And that thing I said about hipsters. I am your #1 fan. OK bye.



PC
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08.5.10 - 3:00 pm

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I think it was decided to let the thread hit 1,000 before a new one is started. It takes a while to load, yeah, but that fits well with the theme of the ride.

Monday Night Rehab bills itself as a "chill paced" ride but they were averaging 13-15mph the last few times I went. Aside from Passage, I haven't been a regular on any ride other than TNS and MNR, but it seems based on that small sample set that rides naturally tend to get faster (or more challenging) over time.



outerspace
08.5.10 - 3:10 pm

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1,000 seems to pedestrian for this ride. I was thinking more like:

10358 - 1987 - 1990 - 1997 - 3154(/181)^2(*61) = 938

Or

Discussion thread ID - year on June 30 in which the loony was introduced - year on June 30 in which east Germany and west German merged their economies - year on June 30 in which uk transfers hong kong back to PRC - 1st ride post ID / the number day June 30 falls on ^ avg number of donuts eaten x apex number of rides done



Foldie
responding to a comment by outerspace
08.5.10 - 3:56 pm

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I have some locally sourced, sustainable tea full of antioxidants. You can compost the leaves after and it's all fair trade.



secretragingcow
responding to a comment by Kakihara
08.6.10 - 9:07 am

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Just realized that I somehow got one ahead on the numbering in the gallery. Not that anybody but me (and Nathan) would ever notice, but.....



theroyalacademy
08.7.10 - 1:44 am

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uh oh..."we climbing what is large...."

Anyway, 800 posts, as of now.



SkeletonKey
08.11.10 - 9:25 am

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He who is centered in the Ride
can go where he wishes, without fear.

Anyway, it's not that large.



theroyalacademy
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08.11.10 - 9:32 am

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The theme is my kinda theme for sure, and I've been getting amped about climbing hills recently, but I can't make it this week due to leaving to go camping!

But I wanted to let you know that the party hat spoke card is done and on my bike. It's even amazinger than I thought it would be. You will see it next week.



outerspace
08.11.10 - 11:13 am

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Damn it! I missed the ride so I can ride around by myself searching for a new place to live. I went to my car to use my phone bc my current location has shitty reception and saw you guys ride by on West Edgeware! I almost ran inside to grab my bike but then remembered the reason why I missed the ride in the first place.

Still looking…. Hopefully will find something soon and join you next week!

-e-



Kakihara
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08.12.10 - 9:54 am

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So, it was you? Ha. Yeah, you should know better.... Come on the ride to find a place to live! (We found a lovely spot down by the river. You have a tent, right?) (Or there's this tree in the park that John likes.....)



theroyalacademy
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08.12.10 - 11:13 am

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Yes.



theroyalacademy
08.18.10 - 3:17 pm

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do i need to put a brake on my kayak for this ride?



tortuga_veloce
responding to a comment by nathansnider
08.18.10 - 4:37 pm

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nice! I was here recently looking for a place to live but then ended up exploring the hills instead, wanting to take a few more friends with me on a bike ride but realized my memory and bad night vision would fuck us all and i was better off doing this sort of adventuring alone.
yay!



Kakihara
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08.18.10 - 4:40 pm

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Brakes highly recommended. Paddling alone may not be enough for some of those waves.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by tortuga_veloce
08.18.10 - 4:45 pm

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Ahoy, the route!

High seas can't turn us back. Thanks for coming out, everybody.



nathansnider
08.19.10 - 2:37 am

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Saw this video today and it made me think of you guys. :-)





DArK ENERgY
08.24.10 - 7:56 pm

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But surely.





theroyalacademy
08.25.10 - 6:02 pm

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Hahah! I wondered where today's edition of the mailing list was... now I get it.

Will Courage Wolf give me the strength to pull through?




outerspace
08.25.10 - 6:08 pm

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Here's my best guess as to this week's route. If someone notices any errors, please post corrections.

But, seriously guys, we were going way too fast.



theroyalacademy
08.26.10 - 1:37 am

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That was fun!

Here's my best recollection of the route.

We were definitely on Washington for more than a couple blocks and Ardmore for a good bit, too. Not totally sure about 15th and Hobart, but those seem to fill in the blanks pretty well. I also remember a short jog on James M. Wood, hitting Exposition just a li'l bit before Farmdale and turning on Ursula rather than Nicolet. But other than that, it's all the same. (mapping obsession: CONFIRMED)



nathansnider
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08.26.10 - 6:36 am

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damn it I miss The Passage!
I moved... again...
next week will include lots of coffee/Jameson and unpacking bc I am not going to wash my pony on Wednesday nights anymore!

-e-





Kakihara
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08.26.10 - 10:41 am

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Yeah, that definitely looks better. The only thing I'm not sure about is what road we took between 25th and Adams. 7th was just my best guess.



theroyalacademy
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08.26.10 - 11:13 am

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We speculated that your absence was pony-related.



theroyalacademy
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08.26.10 - 11:13 am

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The only change to the map I would make is that we turned left before 7th ave to get to Adams.

And we did turn up Nicolet, not Ursula.



SkeletonKey
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08.26.10 - 11:21 am

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i like it dirty



666
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08.26.10 - 11:32 am

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Thanks for coming, everybody!

The circuit!



nathansnider
09.2.10 - 1:24 am

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It's my lot in life to miss these rides. :(





Joe Borfo
responding to a comment by nathansnider
09.2.10 - 1:40 am

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Re: shoegaze

Part 1
Part 2

Mostly classics; a few relative obscurities.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by outerspace
09.2.10 - 9:59 am

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Nathan:
Thanks for the ride! I saw some things on that route that you wouldn't believe!

Sean:
This is good stuff. Thanks! School of Seven Bells is playing the Echoplex on Oct 1st. I might totally go maybe (pending on me having money)!



outerspace
09.2.10 - 3:46 pm

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aha! and here i was thinking you just threw the route together all last minute. 12, 15, 13, 14, 12, 15 -- now it makes sense. fun ride!



PeterR
responding to a comment by nathansnider
09.2.10 - 3:57 pm

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Oh, and here is the original of that MIA song:





theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by SkeletonKey
09.2.10 - 7:58 pm

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I just realized that I won't be able to make it this week guys... have a doughnut for me.



jeffwr3
09.7.10 - 6:33 pm

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Also, for context, here's the refrain from The Hunting of the Snark:

"They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
They pursued it with forks and hope;
They threatened its life with a railway-share;
They charmed it with smiles and soap."


Or if you like pretty pictures:

The Hunting of the Snark (illustrated)

So you can see why the snark-hunting party would make such good mascots for a ride, right? Foolhardy, inspired, rushing headlong into new territory, forks out, looking for a taste of the unknown? Yeah, exactly.

Clarity, we has it.





nathansnider
09.9.10 - 9:18 am

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Great ride, per usual. Thanks!



SkeletonKey
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
09.9.10 - 9:29 am

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No man is an island, but rainy old Mother England is!

Sort of! OK wait no. Because Scotland & Wales are attached.

Kind of like how Long Island isn't an island because Queens is attached.

Queens rule England, though, so ... ?

Oh fuck, now I'm all turned around.



katiepoche
responding to a comment by nathansnider
09.14.10 - 10:41 pm

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"Thank fuck we're an island"

--Brit graffiti carved into a table in a cheap hotel in Amsterdam



PC
responding to a comment by katiepoche
09.15.10 - 2:31 am

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If you're all turned around, then you're probably headed in the right direction. It's like the Red Queen's race!



nathansnider
responding to a comment by katiepoche
09.15.10 - 12:12 pm

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I never argue with someone holding a knife. And the Brits, they know their knives.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by PC
09.15.10 - 12:15 pm

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I only got 4 hours of sleep last night, my left ankle is busted, my right foot got some warts frozen off this morning, I've got a bit of a cold, etc...

But I've been looking forward to this tea ride for a long time so why not. I can rest my ankle starting tomorrow.



outerspace
09.15.10 - 3:06 pm

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tea is good for a cold.

also, I'm gonna try to bake something when I get home.

If I'm late its due to baking so don't leave me!



SkeletonKey
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09.15.10 - 3:37 pm

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My attendance will hinge on whether I have time for a nap, and how I feel after my nap. The cold is still ramping up and I don't feel so good.



outerspace
09.15.10 - 3:50 pm

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Thanks for coming everybody, and huge thanks to Kakihara for bringing her stove and tea out to the islands for everybody. That was just amazing.

Aaaand here's tonight's route.



nathansnider
09.16.10 - 1:31 am

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Also, for those who were wondering about the names of the teas I brought: the twig tea was kukicha, and the smoky tea was lapsang souchong.



nathansnider
09.16.10 - 1:33 am

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Yeah, seriously Esther, that was awesome. Thanks!



theroyalacademy
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09.16.10 - 1:59 am

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Oh that lapsang souchong was so good!


Island #1:
Black Lychee tea – from Taiwan
I love this because I don’t put honey or sugar in my tea, and with people who usually like things sweeter I offer them this tea instead. Very sweet!


Island #2:
Tung Ting charcoal roasted Formosa (Taiwan!) oolong which is one of my favorite oolongs out there. it actually got me back to drinking oolong tea without mixing it with other (usually green) tea.

Unfortunately I don’t think I did this tea any justice by brewing it at not quiet the right temperate and not for as long as it needed. I definitely did not rinse the tea, but you know, being on a an island and all you gotta take some short cuts.

Here is a little more about this particular oolong:

In mid-April 2007, we drove two hours with our Spring harvest Tung Ting to a 72 year old master tea roaster. We were in search of traditional tea roasting methods using longan fruit wood and ash-lined charcoal pits. We found it in septuagenarian Mr. Chen.

Our Charcoal Roasted Tung Ting is mid-fired using longan fruit wood on racks set over ash-lined pits.

Roasting in intervals allows the tea to develop a rich complexity. Using mid-oxidized, more robust tea as a starting point gives the tea a pronounced caramelized sweetness.

Water Temperature: 195-200°, or when medium bubbles begin to rise and water becomes agitated.

Brewing Instructions: Use 2 teaspoons (double for a medium sized pot). Rinse tea for 1 second. Discard rinse water. Steep for 2-3 minutes. May be infused multiple times.




Island #3:
I had a thermos of highly concentrated Persian tea (I don’t remember the brand but it was not Sadaf with earl grey which is my default, although I want to find the one that has cardamom nom nom nom). It had to be diluted with water. *Someone didn’t listen to my long story of just how much tea I put in the press pot at home and just how concentrated this is and if you are not a tea/coffee drinker you should really add A LOT more water to it than other people. I watched you take a sip of it without any water. yeah, I knew you would spit it out :) but it was delicious after you mixed it with water, yeah?


Thanks for the tea and the YUMMS!




Kakihara
responding to a comment by nathansnider
09.16.10 - 10:38 am

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Tea Party!

Were there any special guest appearances?





Joe Borfo
09.16.10 - 10:44 am

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Esther, I have no idea of whom you're talking about.....



SkeletonKey
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09.16.10 - 10:54 am

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I am so, so glad I came out last night. I didn't want to at first but I told myself "you have been waiting for the tea party ride for weeks... if you don't go you will never forgive yourself." How glad? So glad.

Thanks so much for hosting this thing. Even the cops were cool! How do you do it?!

Also thanks for posting the tea types. I am ready to have a little chat with our resident tea nerd at work. ;]

Have fun on your adventure Esther!



outerspace
09.16.10 - 11:06 am

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waiting for weeks?
I have been waiting since 6/28/2009

"traffic median tea parties"





Kakihara
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09.16.10 - 11:13 am

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Okay, I just got back from scouting and as much as I wanted this to be an easy ride, accessible to everyone interested, it's simply not. I'm even going to skip one site (the Lovell Health House) because it is sort of a silly climb and then you can't even really see all that much at night. Nonetheless, there is some serious climbing. Certainly nowhere near the hardest we've done -- probably more middling/average -- but definitely not "easy."

Any of our regulars can totally handle this, no problem, and we always wait for everyone, so anyone determined can handle it, but just don't complain about hills, because I am warning you there are indeed some hills.

Don't want to scare anyone off, but also don't want to be accused of lying (like usual)...



theroyalacademy
09.22.10 - 12:15 am

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I still got the sniffles and a bit of a cough so I'm gonna take it easy at home tonight. I might do the route on my own later on. :]



outerspace
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
09.22.10 - 12:10 pm

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Approx what time do you guys usually end the rides around?



Joe Borfo
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
09.22.10 - 12:15 pm

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No worries. I'll post up the route after we do it. Get well!



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by outerspace
09.22.10 - 12:26 pm

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We try to get back to CA Donuts #21 by midnight. Sometimes we're a little late, if we do an especially long route.

I expect we'll be on time tonight since it is a relatively short one (approx. 21 miles).



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Joe Borfo
09.22.10 - 12:28 pm

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I'm coming out to infect all your bases



secretragingcow
09.22.10 - 12:45 pm

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You okay, man?! Last time I saw you, you seemed worse than I was! Get better!



outerspace
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09.22.10 - 1:18 pm

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Yeah i was so incredibly miserable on sunday. I couldn't speak or swallow. Went to the doctor monday and they gave me some heavy duty antibiotics and now I'm at like 75% so i recovered amazingly well.



secretragingcow
09.22.10 - 3:59 pm

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Here's what katiepoche missed tonight.



theroyalacademy
09.23.10 - 1:40 am

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Here's some more information on some of the places we saw:

Double Indemnity house
Mack Sennett/Keystone Studios and more and more
Bunker Hill
and...
Filming locations and more filming locations

(Okay, it's late. I hope I typed all that HTML correctly.)



theroyalacademy
09.23.10 - 1:49 am

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Thinking of taking the train. Will our route home be near any Metro stations in case we run a bit late?



outerspace
09.29.10 - 4:35 pm

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passage ride meets barcheeeopz



666
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09.29.10 - 4:45 pm

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Hmm... At our furthest point, we'll be near the green line, but after that, there's not much in the way of a Metro safety net.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by outerspace
09.29.10 - 5:37 pm

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Get around, get around, we get around...

Thanks for coming out, everybody!



nathansnider
09.30.10 - 12:44 am

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Felt like I had no self control tonight. Am I crazy? I will behave myself better next time. I dunno, I'm delirious. Even forgot to eat the banana I brought.



outerspace
09.30.10 - 2:46 am

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rain or shine tonight?



tfunk408
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
10.6.10 - 4:38 pm

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IT'S NOT GONNA RAIN



Trust Me.



Joe Borfo
responding to a comment by tfunk408
10.6.10 - 4:44 pm

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It's not going to rain.

BUT...

If it rains, Shatto Lanes.
If it POURS, stay indoors.

(It's mnemonic!)



theroyalacademy
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10.6.10 - 4:47 pm

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It didn't rain. In fact, it was a beautiful, clear night. This was tonight's improvised route, as best as I can remember it.



theroyalacademy
10.7.10 - 12:48 am

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That was fun! Better improv than you'd get at a club in Hollywood, that's for sure. Anyway, I made a couple small changes to the route (Rosedale, Stanford, Ave. 28), based on my memory. Totally taking the fun out of everything, I know, I know...



nathansnider
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
10.7.10 - 1:47 pm

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But how do you decide which direction to turn?



outerspace
10.13.10 - 4:49 pm

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We'll just have to pick one and hope that we get it right.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by outerspace
10.13.10 - 4:56 pm

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Here's the route from last night. Thanks for coming out, all!

We hit cross streets for all the letters except J, Q and Z. Los Angeles needs more Z streets...



nathansnider
10.14.10 - 3:31 pm

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I was surprised which letters were easy and which were hard to find! Except Q of course.

Super fun ride!



outerspace
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10.14.10 - 4:11 pm

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The rain is, once again, supposed to let up before this evening.

That's, at least, the theory I'm going with at the moment.



theroyalacademy
10.20.10 - 12:05 pm

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This is the mystery of the quotient


(Sorry, Nathan, I just couldn't resist.)



theroyalacademy
10.20.10 - 6:09 pm

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If you liked tonight's route, thank Lance K. If you didn't, well,.....



theroyalacademy
10.21.10 - 12:48 am

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Amazing photo, Sean. I never knew Nathan was a drug enforcement czar in the 70s.



SkeletonKey
10.21.10 - 10:58 am

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It was nice being out with you guys again. Thanks Lance!



Kakihara
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
10.21.10 - 2:31 pm

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Also, bring a buck (that's right: $1) and get a PASSAGE PATCH so you can represent your colors.

Options:
CRIPS (blue canvas)
BLOODS (red canvas)
BLACK METAL (black canvas)
HIPSTER (dark indigo stretch denim)



(I'd just give them to y'all for nothing if I wasn't all unemployedd and such right now. But fabric ain't free.)

* Please note: color descriptions above do not imply any endorsement of the gang lifestyle, black metal, nor hipsterdom by the Passage ride, its organizers, or its parent companies.

** I also printed a very few Passage tote bags. They are black and they are awesome. Very heavy duty. Those'll be $12. Contact me if you want one.



theroyalacademy
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10.27.10 - 7:42 pm

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i had a blast on the ride tonight (i was the guy in the red hoodie)
THANKS!



tchap
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
10.28.10 - 2:23 am

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Thanks to everyone who came out last night! Here's the route. We got that subway in there after all.



nathansnider
10.28.10 - 4:09 pm

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Who's idea was that?

Thank you, everybody, for putting up with that ridiculousness. ...I mean, thanks for coming out and enjoying the fun ride!

And I can now admit, as you may notice from the map, that I missed a turn that would've cut out about 200 ft. of that really stupid steep climbing. Oops! By the time I noticed it, we had already gone most of the way down the hill past the turn.

My next route will be short and flat, I promise.



theroyalacademy
11.4.10 - 1:51 am

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maybe you ought not admit to the mistake on missing that turn, i prefer to think it was torture by design. yeah, i have to purchase a new pair of legs after that one. a seriously satisfying ride!



PeterR
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11.4.10 - 9:40 am

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Yeah but if you check the map carefully (which I can’t from my current location)I think you would notice that it doesn’t completely reflect what we did. Or at least that’s what I think Sean meant. I didn't notice some of the street signs, especially going downhill.
That iced green tea never tasted sooo good. Thanks for an excellent ride.
-e-



Kakihara
responding to a comment by PeterR
11.4.10 - 11:17 am

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Again, much respect for hauling that music bike all the way up there.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by PeterR
11.4.10 - 11:29 am

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Im curious what turn you missed? ive been scouting this area.



Huey555
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
11.5.10 - 1:57 am

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Right on Dabney from Wallace Ridge. (Though I suppose not turning on Bowmont off of Loma Vista might also have been a mistake, assuming it goes through to Mulholland. But that wasn't a planned turn as Dabney was.)

Honestly, Hillcrest & Loma Vista are kind of the worst. Very steep. Much better to go through Franklin Canyon.



theroyalacademy
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11.5.10 - 2:46 am

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YEah those two streets look pretty steep.I tried going through Franklin Dr.I hit Beverly dr until I hit Franklin.but it was closed.Maybe because it was pass 11pm.



Huey555
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
11.5.10 - 5:05 pm

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if only you had walked around the gate.... it's only closed to motorists after sunset.... peds and bikes can walk around the gate



superblueman3
responding to a comment by Huey555
11.8.10 - 8:19 pm

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on which street?



Huey555
responding to a comment by superblueman3
11.8.10 - 8:51 pm

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Beverly up to Franklin is gated before the park, but you can just walk around the gate



Gav
11.8.10 - 8:56 pm

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oh really.Its not considered trespassing.Thanks for the info now i know.



Huey555
responding to a comment by Gav
11.8.10 - 9:03 pm

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I wanted to reach the lake where the Andy Griffith opening scene was filmed.The Andy Griffith ride.lol



Huey555
11.8.10 - 9:06 pm

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alot of rides have been through there, even mine, it's a good ride but lights are important and you need to scout it in the day man you need to actually be able to see the place



superblueman3
11.8.10 - 9:17 pm

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I scout at night to see if its a nice chill route for the ride at night.So scouting in the day doesnt really show me how it will be at night.Im sure the view is nicer in the day,but I like riding at night hearing the crickets and shit...lol..thanks for the info though.



Huey555
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11.8.10 - 9:24 pm

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I think the park is technically closed at night. Yes.

Key here, as always, BE RESPECTFUL of the space.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Huey555
11.8.10 - 9:27 pm

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yeah last thing I need is 20 -30 ridaz mad at me for leading them to fines,tickets,etc lol



Huey555
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
11.8.10 - 9:36 pm

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I just need open roads.



Huey555
11.8.10 - 9:38 pm

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Considering taking the Red Line and riding back to the valley if we miss the train. Good idea / bad idea? What's the best route from kTown to NoHo?



outerspace
11.10.10 - 4:18 pm

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Hmmm. We'll be passing through downtown on our way back; I'd give it 50/50 odds that we'll pass Union Station before the last train to NoHo.

As far as the best route goes, I think over Cahuenga or around Griffith Park are just about the only real options. If given the choice, I'd probably pick Cahuenga.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by outerspace
11.10.10 - 4:30 pm

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Guess I'll drive tonight just to be safe, especially in this weather. Plus I got a long day at work tomorrow.



outerspace
11.10.10 - 4:42 pm

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Thanks for coming out last night everybody! Here's the route!

I still can't believe we actually found El Dorado. That was amazing...



nathansnider
11.11.10 - 11:26 am

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Route was amazing!



liquidpremium
responding to a comment by nathansnider
11.11.10 - 2:25 pm

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If i had seen that you used Aguirre: The Wrath of God i probably would have tried harder to make it. also i would have spoken with a german accent all night



secretragingcow
11.11.10 - 6:05 pm

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division and huntington are always fun routes.



tfunk408
11.12.10 - 12:03 am

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"I am not being made fun of by this clothing."



nathansnider
responding to a comment by secretragingcow
11.12.10 - 6:16 am

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I as well was shocked the first time i cooked spinach

I really hope these are released as they seem infinitaly more interesting than David Byrne's masturbationlogues



secretragingcow
responding to a comment by nathansnider
11.12.10 - 9:40 am

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Pure gold!!!!!

" I have a cellular phone plan that includes “whenever minutes.” This is a chuckle to me, because no minutes are “whenever”—they are precisely now, and in fact they are already gone."

I hope they publish multiple volumes of his diary....



Foldie
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11.12.10 - 10:18 am

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theroyalacademy
11.15.10 - 1:57 pm

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Just saw the Urban Explorers documentary. Someone needs to create an Urban Explorers Ride!



liquidpremium
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
11.15.10 - 8:30 pm

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I still have a faint remnant of a bronchial cough...
I've been indoors for the last 2 weeks... Will the route be relatively close to a metro line? Just in case I do make it out but cant hang?



Gizzard
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
11.17.10 - 4:08 pm

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I just sent you an email.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Gizzard
11.17.10 - 4:14 pm

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I made spoke cards.



outerspace
11.17.10 - 6:33 pm

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I'll be there!!!!!!!!!!



liquidpremium
responding to a comment by outerspace
11.17.10 - 7:56 pm

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Thanks for coming out tonight, everybody. Here's where we went.



theroyalacademy
11.18.10 - 1:22 am

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Oh, and thanks to Steve for making the spoke cards!



theroyalacademy
11.18.10 - 1:23 am

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Yes, thanks for the spoke card! And the fun ride! And hi neighbor to the person I discovered lives across the street from me!



anty
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
11.18.10 - 8:20 am

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A thankless task




nathansnider
11.24.10 - 4:44 pm

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In case the ride post is unclear (or, uh, more unclear than absolutely necessary) it's a picnic of sorts this week, so the idea is to BRING FOOD if you can. If you can't, then of course still come out and ride. But bring an "anti-Thanksgiving" food or beverage if you can swing it on such short notice.



nathansnider
11.24.10 - 5:02 pm

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Craving the passage, but it appears the entrance is blocked for me tonight.



liquidpremium
responding to a comment by nathansnider
11.24.10 - 7:14 pm

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I was lookin' forward to a (mentally at least) relaxing no-work-tomorrow Passage ride but I got me a nice fever and sore throat brewing, so I'll have to see you guys after the holiday.

Have an awesome ride!! And holiday! And everything else!

Bright side: I bought a new computer today so I will be able to load this thread faster! :D We're almost to our goal!



outerspace
11.24.10 - 9:19 pm

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This ride is awesome ... so many hills .. but so much fun



OsnapsonJC
11.25.10 - 11:26 am

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Oh, hey, so did I ever tell you about last week's route? Because it looked like this, in case you weren't there or were distracted by all the food and drink...

Good picnicking times, all.



nathansnider
11.28.10 - 3:46 am

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Is chainmail required?



liquidpremium
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
12.1.10 - 1:01 pm

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7th Seal style



Gav
responding to a comment by liquidpremium
12.1.10 - 1:18 pm

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Okay, maybe it was like a 2.75 or something. Hopefully, you all had a good time.

Here's the route. That crazy walkway was right around mile 5 1/2.



theroyalacademy
12.2.10 - 1:41 am

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awesome ride. loved the watertower, the hills, and that spot above Fletcher.



PeterR
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
12.2.10 - 2:05 am

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Intersection of Riverside and Fletcher, 1927, 1960, 2001



anty
responding to a comment by PeterR
12.2.10 - 9:53 am

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Now that I look at that blog longer I see there are a few more (even better) historic pics of that bridge. And some of the other points in our journey last night.



anty
12.2.10 - 9:59 am

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I have an 11pm curfew tonight. Any clue where the ride is heading? Are we sticking mostly Mid City or heading to more yonder points N,E,S,W?



alexdc
12.8.10 - 5:00 pm

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Baldwin Hills, roughly. This week's ride is actually comprised of several distinct "bites." If you want to come out for the first climb (which is sort of ridiculous, but worth it), we should be back on flat ground in time for you to get back to Mid City by 11.

Also, sorry everybody for not getting this posted up yet. Technical difficulties; stay tuned.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by alexdc
12.8.10 - 5:49 pm

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For those that wanted to know, here is the music/video blog that my radio show turned into.



theroyalacademy
12.9.10 - 1:53 am

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Oh, and this is the photo I was talking about.





theroyalacademy
12.9.10 - 2:35 am

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So glad I came out last night!
Excellent Passage…
I thought I was in a video game with yesterday’s soundtrack ha!




Kakihara
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12.9.10 - 10:50 am

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SOO BUMMED I missed this passage! But a great ride regardless. Thanks for putting together an amazing ride last night. It's my new favorite.



alexdc
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
12.9.10 - 11:32 am

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Oh, that photo was from a while back. We were just talking about it last night.

Thanks for coming out!



theroyalacademy
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12.9.10 - 12:39 pm

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Here's the route from this week. Thanks for coming out, everybody!

And for those who were curious about the bites that were left out, this is what the original plan for the cookie looked like. Om nom nom...



nathansnider
12.10.10 - 1:42 am

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Bummed I'm missing tonight's ride, but it's for a good cause. Stop by if you're in the nieghborhood:

http://engagedobserver.blogspot.com/2010/12/between-company-holiday-parties-and.html



alexdc
12.15.10 - 4:37 pm

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Above is the building we didn't see (I was hoping it'd be lit or something). You can take a look at more things we didn't see here.

And this was the route.



theroyalacademy
12.16.10 - 2:02 am

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OH! And this is the structure that used to be on the foundation by the fountains we saw: the mystic hut. How could I forget the "MYSTIC HUT"?!





theroyalacademy
12.16.10 - 2:10 am

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[Raymond!](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mT4jnkPnwE&NR=1)



Genus
responding to a comment by nathansnider
01.5.11 - 7:45 pm

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Damn! dumpster of fortune?! I missed a good ride but at least I am kicking the ass of whatever cold or flu is trying to sneak up on me. Hopefully next week.



Kakihara
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01.6.11 - 2:39 pm

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It was a good ride indeed. Two wishing wells, five psychics, Good Luck, Pure Luck, the Dumpster of Fortune and any number of random fortuitous symbols. The route went like this.

(and the dumpster of fortune, for those who want to return, is here.)



nathansnider
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01.6.11 - 5:31 pm

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hahaha - -This certainly cheapens my memory of the show. To the Batcave! I wonder if he (Robin -- the man who played him) looked forward to saying that in the episode? Probably not. Probably his woes were drowned in a sea of whiskey and groupies. Anyway -- I know where you're going!! Maybe. I miss going on passage!



et
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
01.11.11 - 1:59 pm

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should i bring out the knobby tires for tomorrow's excursion?



tfunk408
01.12.11 - 12:26 am

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While not necessary, certainly couldn't hurt. There's a fair bit of off-roading.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by tfunk408
01.12.11 - 2:01 am

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excited already!



tfunk408
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
01.12.11 - 2:08 am

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Ah, another classic Passage route, with plenty of uphills and then totally unsatisfying downhills. But there was a payoff: BATCAVE!

Speaking of which, people wanted a high res version of our ridiculously elaborately lit photograph. So here that is.



theroyalacademy
01.13.11 - 12:59 am

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holy ruby fire!



tfunk408
01.13.11 - 1:06 am

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Somewhat relieved to discover that the Adam West art show actually came down a few days ago. Because if it was still up and I didn't take us there, I would feel remiss in my ride leaderly duties.

Thanks for the heads up about it though, guys. Because I really wanted this....



...forever burned in my mind. It cannot be unseen.



theroyalacademy
01.13.11 - 1:11 am

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Holy Batcave Picture Batman!!!

Exactly, Robin…



bobdotorg
01.13.11 - 1:41 am

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So I see the Joker, the Riddler, a self portrait, Michael Jackson, Yoda and... a lady from Guernica? Who knew Adam West had such range?

Also, next Wednesday is a full moon, therefore next Wednesday is a picnic. Just so y'all know...



nathansnider
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
01.13.11 - 4:05 am

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Evolution of the batmobile:
http://graphjam.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/batmobile_page.jpg



bobdotorg
01.13.11 - 2:28 pm

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this gives me inspiration




tfunk408
responding to a comment by bobdotorg
01.13.11 - 3:52 pm

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excuse me to come in your guys thread,but anyone explain batcave? im a huge batman fan.



Huey555
01.13.11 - 5:14 pm

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The pic was taken in an abandoned quarry in Griffith Park. One of the entrances to the tunnels was used in the 1960's TV series for the exterior shot if the Batmobile leaving the cave.



bobdotorg
01.13.11 - 5:39 pm

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Info and location.

Also, feel free to stop by the thread any time you like!



nathansnider
responding to a comment by Huey555
01.13.11 - 5:47 pm

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thanks sweet info.



Huey555
responding to a comment by nathansnider
01.13.11 - 9:47 pm

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how many miles tonight? or is it more of a "jump right into the eating" type of thing? just trying to strategize my appetite building.



tfunk408
01.19.11 - 12:23 pm

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donut rating?
I'm riding a 22lb fixie and bringing along a few extra little buddies (lbs) that i picked up over the holidays.



trickmilla
01.19.11 - 12:55 pm

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A little under 25 miles, with no hills to speak of. The first stop is around mile 4, and the second is around mile 12. I'd give it a two-donut rating - nothing too intense, but not totally lazy, either.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by tfunk408
01.19.11 - 5:02 pm

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sounds perfect
any culinary themes being emphasized tonight?
any dietary restrictions we should keep in mind?



trickmilla
01.19.11 - 5:54 pm

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No particular themes. No dietary restrictions from me. If anyone wants to make requests, they are of course welcome (though as usual, our short notice could make all that moot).



nathansnider
responding to a comment by trickmilla
01.19.11 - 6:32 pm

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I'm made chocolate and pb chip cookies with dried cherries (non-vegan). It'll be a pre-donut dessert, I guess.



anty
responding to a comment by trickmilla
01.19.11 - 7:40 pm

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You rock!



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by anty
01.19.11 - 7:42 pm

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Damn... nice moon out tonight. I really miss this ride but woke up with a cold this morning.




Kakihara
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
01.19.11 - 10:24 pm

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Google Groups wouldn't give me your email address off the announcement list.

Send it to me at: sean@[insertmyusernamehere].org



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by anty
01.20.11 - 1:12 am

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Okay. Never mind. I'm an idiot. Was looking in the wrong place.

Email sent.



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by anty
01.20.11 - 1:15 am

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for those who may be interested, link to some pics from tonight



tfunk408
01.20.11 - 2:05 am

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Thanks for the fotos, Funkster.
It's good to see Al back on his bike and on a ride.
I had to miss this (as usual) due to my 5:30 am wake up call to cycle to work.
Maybe I can get out during spring break.



Creative Thing
responding to a comment by tfunk408
01.20.11 - 7:48 am

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Did you enjoy the taco truck afterward?



SkeletonKey
responding to a comment by tfunk408
01.20.11 - 9:36 am

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@CreativeThing: thanks. it was good running into Al; looking forward to seeing the both of you on saturday.
@SkeletonKey: yes we did, although we forgot about the cactus. we realized it when we sat down after ordering, and saw them slicing the cacti in the back. next time.



tfunk408
01.20.11 - 10:35 am

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I'm super bummed I missed this awesomeness.




trickmilla
01.20.11 - 10:45 am

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Thanks, everybody, for coming out last night. And thanks for bringing food and eating food and being awesome. Here's the route.



nathansnider
01.20.11 - 7:19 pm

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Not going to have a chance to scout until tomorrow, so the plan could potentially change, but this week's ride is looking like a long one (long and relatively flat). So, here's advance warning that we will be leaving ON TIME at 9pm sharp.



theroyalacademy
01.24.11 - 11:51 pm

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Can't make tonight's ride, but note that there's an 'In-n-Out' strategically located near the destination.



bobdotorg
01.26.11 - 9:26 am

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Thanks to everyone who came out for our long adventure westward, especially the guys for whom that was their first ride -- you picked a doozy (hey, at least there were no hills). We didn't see any butterflies tonight, but we did encounter a cranky airport security officer.

Here's the route we took.



theroyalacademy
01.27.11 - 1:46 am

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I keep meaning to post the route as an image too, and then I keep forgetting to do so. But I will now....





theroyalacademy
01.27.11 - 1:50 am

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good stuff.

here are some blurry pics from tonight.



tfunk408
01.27.11 - 2:32 am

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I'm bummed I had to miss last night. My boyfriend had a gig at the Blue Whale, which meant I got to show him the garden we were kicked out of last week.



anty
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01.27.11 - 11:34 am

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Post # 9 9 9 !



I always regret not being able to make this ride every week.



Joe Borfo
01.27.11 - 1:55 pm

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