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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment of Time #427 - Rolling with the Big Ducks

11.4.17

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.
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.

This week we meet on Saturday morning at 8:10am at Union Station.
See full description below.



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:

Rolling with the Big Ducks


As city skylines become increasingly filled with ever more ostentatious ducks, it’s getting hard for a building to get noticed. Cities have always been a bit of a gamble. One day you’re the baddest, tallest tower on the block and the next thing you know some jerk raises a secret spire out from inside his edifice and you’re number two. Or, even if they don’t surpass you somehow, maybe another building simply obstructs your view — or, importantly, views of you. Sure, you may be a duck, but in the big pond of the city you could forever remain a rather small fish.

This is why some buildings have always chosen to make their home out in the suburbs. Out there, rather than standing shoulder to shoulder with their megastructural brethren, these loners loom over the landscape, becoming punctuation marks in the run-on sentences of single-family homes, office parks, strip malls. Out there, not just points in some dense constellation’s belt, they act as centers of gravity around which mental mappings orbit. Out there, their shiny duck feathers sparkle in the clear suburban sky.

So, yeah, out there these giant buildings require giant heaps of metaphors. And this week on the ride we’ll no doubt pile on a few more as we zig and zag our way from one to the next.

(~55 miles; flat; several miles of off-roading)


MANY IMPORTANT DETAILS:

- As noted above, we will be meeting on SATURDAY this week AT UNION STATION at 8:10 IN THE MORNING, and then we will catch the 8:40am Orange County Metrolink train to Anaheim. 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. You can now buy your Metrolink ticket with their app (in which case you should buy a normal one-way ticket, not a day pass), but a paper day pass will also work on the Metro return trip and be cheaper overall.

- The ride is starting at the Anaheim Metrolink station, so if you want to meet us there, our train will arrive around 9:20am. Be there on time; we will not wait there. Also note that the ride is ending at the Downtown Long Beach blue line station and there honestly isn’t a particularly easy way to get back to Anaheim — at least nothing easier than riding the 20–25 miles by bike.

- We will be taking the blue line from Long Beach back to L.A. Many variables could affect our return time (who shows up, weather, etc.) but maybe around 6pm is a tentative estimate. Because we are not catching a specific train, we could very well be either earlier or later than that.

- The route is extremely flat. But at about 55 miles, several of which are off-road, one probably can't call it an "easy" ride. Very easy for one of our weekend rides though.

- There will be a lunch stop at a cafe a little more than halfway through. You may want to bring a snack to tide you over until we get there.

- Bring all the things that you will need for an all-day bike ride that could extend into the twilight hours: water; lights; snacks; sunscreen; extra layers of clothing etc. There appears to be a chance of a little rain, so prepare for that too. Lunch seating is outdoors, so you probably won’t need a lock.

- This is the first in our series of four once-monthly, weekend, daytime rides this fall/winter. The others will be on December 9, January 6, and February 8

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For the latest information about each week’s ride, join our mailing list:
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For more information about past rides, visit our website:
ThePassageRide.com

For miscellaneous images, information, and links, take a look at our tumblog:
thepassageride.tumblr.com

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