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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #346 - By the Numbers

04.6.16

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:

By the Numbers


This week’s route was ~100% mapped out in advance.

The route was ~90% scouted.

The mapped route was ~80% ignored when scouting.

The likelihood that the mapped or the scouted route will be followed is ~35%.

~99% of the route will consist of paved roads or walkways.

~95% of the route will consist of paved roads or walkways we have previously taken on the ride.

~50% of the route will consist of paved roads or walkways that ~50% of the riders will have never been on before.

~0% of the route will consist of anything we would call a hill.

The likelihood that we’ll reach our single specific destination for the evening is ~87%.

The likelihood that anyone would notice if we reached our specific destination or not if we didn’t mention that there was a specific destination to be reached at all is ~15%.

The likelihood that you read maybe a couple of these figures and then skipped down to the bottom for the details is ~95%.

~66% of these figures are nothing more than extremely rough approximations anyway.

(<20 miles; flat; maybe one short bit of [easy] walking)

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