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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #342 - Up the River

03.9.16

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:

Up the River



One generally tends to speak about riding a bike in terms of freedom: freeing oneself from the confines of the car, from its limited territories and terrain, and also often from one's habitual movements, from the familiar. A bike can be an exquisite tool for liberation -- of body and of mind.

In another light, however, a bike ride organized and led by someone other than oneself can be quite the opposite. We control your movements, where you go, how you get there. We decide when and for how long you rest, and when you move again. We provide a conceptual framework through which you understand your actions for the evening. We watch over you from the front and rear of the ride, endeavoring that no one should wander astray. No, a bike ride is not "freedom" but rather like a type of little jail.

Now, this jail is of course purely metaphorical -- it is voluntary and generally benevolent (though our riders would perhaps, at times, disagree), not at all comparable to the shameful abomination that is the actual, literal U.S. prison system -- but that doesn't mean that, when going on a bike ride, one doesn't exchange the walls confining everyday life for merely a different set of walls.

Please surrender yourself for in-processing before 9pm this evening.

(~35-40 miles; almost all flat)


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