The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #376
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 Union Station and take the Metrolink train toward
San Bernardino at 9:00.
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!
Heavens Can Wait
In some traditions, our entry into the spirit realm is seen as an all-or-nothing proposition, a rapid ascent from
the worldly world to the heavenly heavens. In others, the process is something slower and more cyclical.
While at first glance these differing visions might seem mutually exclusive, we believe that we can find a
You see, we are not particularly interested in going quickly or slowly, and we have our own cycles to help us
reach those higher (physical or metaphysical) planes. Let us think of it as a medium-paced, bi-cyclical
cosmology, in which the ideal path to enlightenment is rather indirect.
Of course, this may not be the fastest way to achieve an elevated state of consciousness, but we can take
some comfort in the notion that the higher planes will still be there, even if we are a little late to the party, or
miss the party entirely.
(50 miles; some hills; ~5 miles off-roading)
- As noted above, we will be meeting on SATURDAY this week AT UNION STATION at 8:30 IN THE
MORNING and catching the 9:00am San Bernardino Metrolink train to Pomona. We'll gather in the corridor
with the ramps to the tracks and head up to the train together shortly before it departs. PLEASE BE ON TIME
and purchase your ticket before you meet up with us. Weekend day passes are $10. If you miss the train, you
are out of luck!
- In the past, it has not been uncommon for many of the ticket machines to be out of order, resulting in
ridiculously long queues. Do not expect to show up at the station 5 minutes before the train and be able to
make it on.
- The ride is starting at the Pomona (North) Metrolink station, so if you want to meet us there, our train will
arrive around 9:50am. Be there on time; we will not be waiting. Also note that the ride is ending at the Fontana
Metrolink station, so if you need to get back to Pomona after the ride, you'll need to either ride your bike (18
miles), or take the train ($7.75).
- We will probably be catching the 6:42 train back from Fontana, arriving at Union Station around 8:15.
- The route is around 50 miles, with some off-road portions. You don't exactly need knobby tires for the off-
roading, but there will be some hiking, which you may find unpleasant if you are wearing clippy road bike
- There will be a lunch stop around noon. The cuisine is Indian and vegetarian. If this does not suit your tastes,
there are other food options nearby, but you cannot bring back outside food to eat on the premises. Speaking
of the premises, they are rather nice, so you may want to bring a lock and explore.
- Bring all the things that you will need for an all-day bike ride that may extend into the twilight hours: water;
lights; snacks; sunscreen; extra layers of clothing etc.
- This is the first in our series of four once-monthly, weekend, daytime rides this fall/winter. The others will be
on December 10, January 7 and February 4
Talk, talk, talk...
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The hacienda must be built.