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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #360 - Piste Off

07.13.16

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:

Piste Off


Some Canadians recently referred to the Passage ride as "off-piste." Had to look that one up, honestly -- it's a skiing term for venturing off-trail -- but we must agree that it does rather fit. Good job, Canadians! While, okay, it's true that we only rarely go off any sort of trail whatsoever (though we sometimes do that too; let's not forget the Poison Oak Incident of 2014), we do of course seek out those trails and passageways that would probably not normally make it into a typical cycling route. A skier would probably consider going down some stairs as "off-piste." Why can't we?

So this week's ride goes off-piste in that less literal, less "open land" way: no bush-whacking, but a dirt trail or two, some stairs, maybe a couple other little things. Nothing too crazy. If you prefer nice, smooth road, you may only be mildly piste off.

(~15 miles; some short hills and some off-roading, sometimes together; some stairs)

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