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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #319 - Like a Virgin

09.30.15

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.

Started by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.

It meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm
at California Donuts #21.
We ride at 9pm.
While we endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight),
it is generally not possible. Please plan accordingly.

On this bike ride, you might expect:
- inconvenient passageways
- oblique strategies
- Oulipian constraints
- disorientation
- reorientation
- "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- amateurish enthusiasm
- playgrounds, pool halls, bowling alleys, karaoke
- geocaching
- full moon picnics
- traffic median tea parties
- rivers that no longer exist
- smell tourism
- Couchwick v2.0

Furthermore:
- usually 20-35 miles
- usually some hills
- a medium pace (probably not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- few stops, short stops
- but we're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light
- victory donuts!

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This week:

Like a Virgin


Do you remember your first time? No, no -- not that. Your first group bike ride! Remember how that felt? The exhilaration of cruising down the streets buffered by the safety of the pack? You could relax your typically-advisable hypervigilance for hazards and focus instead on the sights, the sounds, the smells around you. Riding in a group -- especially at first, when it is new -- invokes a very particular feeling of freedom but also of connectedness.

This week we do another of our “cover versions” of a route. Specifically, we will be covering my (Sean’s) very first group ride in L.A. For a number of reasons, it will in some parts be a rather loose interpretation. First of all, though it started near our own meeting point, it makes most sense to do the first part slightly out of order. Second, we’ve ridden a couple stretches of the route very recently (and they’re not that interesting), so we’ll follow a slightly more convoluted course. And, finally, the original route was maybe a bit too flat (and too paved) for our own present predilections. That might’ve been fine for a first time but, to retain a bit of that initial thrill, at this point we need to spice it up a bit, no?

(~20 miles; a hill or two; a stairway or two; a touch of off-roading; a touch of educational content)

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