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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #348 - Reconnoitering the Rim

04.20.16

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:

Reconnoitering the Rim


The practice of "beating the bounds" to help remember and maintain parish boundaries is a relic of the feudal past, before land was private property and reliable maps were readily available. Now, however, just about any phone can tell you what is where. Now, anywhere you go, a fence or structure or road or sign will show you whose land you are on, and where you are or are not supposed to be. The idea of a periodic perambulation being necessary to preserve an active memory of such boundaries seems quaint.

And yet traveling along a boundary can be illuminating in other ways. In the middle lies the usual, the known, the mass, the commonplace. The edge is often forgotten, left fallow. The edge can present open places, spaces that have gone wild. And thereby the edge is conversely often where the action is, the things that don't quite fit in the middle. Either way, the edge case is often a special case, worthy of investigation.

This week we trace the edge of some boundaries created by and within the land- and cityscape. Rather than exploring by transgressing a border or limit, as we perhaps usually might, we explore by staying within the lines.

(~32 miles; pretty flat; all paved)

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