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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #417: The Bends

08.23.17

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.
(3rd and New Hampshire)
We ride at 9pm.

On the ninth year of this bike ride, you might expect:
- more inconvenient passageways
- more full moon picnics
- perhaps more "cover" versions of other peoples rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- certainly more amateurish enthusiasm
- disorientation
- reorientation
- pool halls
- bowling alleys
- dance parties
- karaoke
- imaginary histories
- scavenging for fun and sustenance
- more geocaching
- more oblique strategies
- more Oulipian constraints
- traffic median tea parties

Furthermore:
- A medium pace (maybe not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- Were not in a rush; we don't need to run every light.
- Maybe some distance;maybe some hills
- Victory donuts!
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This week:

The Bends



The streets are wonderful and full of wonder, expressed most fully in the shapes they take on while getting us
from place to place. There are the sharp angles, the long diagonals and the rectilinear blocks; but above all,
there are the curves. There are the functional corves that follow topography, rivers and the like, but these are
not so interesting as the others - those that are arbitrary, aesthetic or accidental. These otherwise frivolous
curves can be the most rewarding, whether in the mental stimulation that comes from breaking the monotony
of the regular street grid or simply the physical sensation of your own momentum as you round the bend. They
offer reminders that you are a body moving through space, that your path needn't be straight. This week, we
pack as many curves as we can into a route that goes nowhere in particular but hopefully manages to make
the most of the places it does go. One can have too much of a good thing, naturally, but we have not let that
stop us in the past. If the typical Passage ride lies somewhere along the continuum between pleasantly
exhausting and exhaustingly pleasant, this one certainly tends more toward the latter.

(~25 miles; a couple small hills)

Talk, talk, talk: http://midnightridazz.com/forums.php?topicId=19218
Passage site: http://www.thepassageride.com/
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