The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #337: The Cronut Ride
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.
This week, we will meet at 8:30am on Saturday, at the donut shop, and ride at 9am.
On the seventh year of this bike ride, you might expect:
- more inconvenient passageways
- more full moon picnics
- perhaps more "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- certainly more amateurish enthusiasm
- pool halls
- bowling alleys
- dance parties
- imaginary histories
- scavenging for fun and sustenance
- more geocaching
- more oblique strategies
- more Oulipian constraints
- traffic median tea parties
- A medium pace (maybe not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- We're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light.
- Maybe some distance;maybe some hills
- Victory donuts!
The Cronut Ride
You know... it's sort of like the Donut Ride, but with more texture? It is also a bit heftier than the Donut Ride
and not meant to be consumed nearly so quickly. Savored, let's say; it is meant to be savored. It has crunchy
bits and odd spaces that you can only appreciate if you take your time. No one will ever describe the Cronut
Ride as a "hammerfest," you can be sure.
All this is just to say that, as with their confectionery namesakes, the two rides are similar in form but different
in substance. Beyond that, this whole ride-naming-by-analogy thing kind of breaks down. Is the Cronut Ride
faddish? We don't know; it *is* literally here this week and gone the next, but can something that happens only
once be considered a fad? Probably not, and once should be enough for a bike ride in any case, we think. But
most importantly, as a value proposition, is the Cronut Ride overpriced? We certainly hope not. In fact, we will
even guarantee that you get at least a couple of Metro tickets' worth of enjoyment out of the Cronut Ride, or
we will pay you back in the confection of your choice.
(about 55 miles; one large hill; a few miles of off-roading)
- As noted above, we will be meeting on SATURDAY this week, at the donut shop as usual, and LEAVING AT
9:00 IN THE MORNING. We will ride to the Pico Metro station and then take the Blue Line south to Del Amo.
- Please purchase a tap card (with at least one fare's worth of stored value) BEFORE you meet up with us.
- You are welcome to meet us at Pico or Del Amo station if you like, but please be there early; we will not wait.
We expect our train to arrive at Del Amo some time around 10am.
- The route is around 55 miles, with a few off-road portions, one of which is a rather long climb.
- There will be a grocery store stop around mile 15 to pick up food for lunch. We will then ride a few miles,
carrying our food to the place where we will actually eat lunch.
- Bring all the things you need for an all-day bike ride. That is to say: bring water; bring snacks; bring
sunscreen; bring extra layers of clothing.
- This is the last in our series of weekend, daytime rides this fall/winter. Thanks to everyone who has joined
us; it's been a pleasure!
Talk, talk, talk...
Check out our web site!
(and our tumblr!)
(and join the mailing list!)
The hacienda must be built.