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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment of Time #435 - Peak-a-Boo

01.6.18

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.

Organized 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 ride on Saturday.
Details 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:

Peak-a-Boo

It is said that we are born without the ability to understand object permanence. You hide from a baby and then pop out, proclaiming "peek-a-boo!" and they smile and laugh, delighted, supposedly as if you had appeared from nowhere. But maybe we have it all wrong. Maybe the child knows you're still there — just hiding — but is simply excited to see you each and every time you appear? Maybe she is merely not yet old and jaded?

Because we experience a similar excitement when we ride in the mountains. As we ascend their heights and venture into the depths of their curves and valleys, we know very well that the city we left behind has not disappeared, even though no longer in view. And yet when we make a turn, or reach a crest, and behold the vista below we do get excited — pretty much every time.

Climbing hills can be tough (and will be this time) but it is also a way we can reclaim some of that childlike wonder and delight. Won't you join us this week as we elevate our perspectives like little babies?


IMPORTANT DETAILS:

- As noted above, we will be meeting on SATURDAY this week ON THE GOLD LINE PLATFORM AT UNION STATION at 8:30 IN THE MORNING, and then we will catch the 8:39am Gold Line Metro to Monrovia.

- This means you should already have paid your fare and tapped and be ready to go by the time we meet.

- The ride is starting at the Monrovia Metro station as soon as we get there, approximately 9:20am. We aren't going to wait around either at Union Station or Monrovia if you are running late.

- The ride is ending at the Downtown Azusa Metro station and will return on the Gold Line. If you want to drive to either the start or the finish, the stations are about 8 miles apart (and obviously an easy train ride between them).

- The route is a bit less than 45 miles, much of it unpaved, and includes a significant (but optional) hike.

- The first 10 or so miles are a quite steep, very difficult climb, initially paved and then dirt, with more or less no respites from the uphill slog. We'll definitely rest and regroup many times along the way up but we will honestly not be able to wait too terribly long if people end up walking significant portions. We strongly recommend bikes with lower gears and wider tires than a typical road bike.

- VERY IMPORTANT: there are no water or food stops along the bulk of this route. You will need more than the two bottles of water most people carry. Three (or approx. 64 fl. oz) is the absolute minimum; you should probably bring even more. Something with electrolytes is a very good idea too, as is a banana or two and other snacks. We will stop for lunch at some point, but you also need to bring that with you.

- Bring all the things that you will need for an all-day bike ride that will extend into the evening hours: lights; snacks; sunscreen; extra layers of clothing, etc. You shouldn't need a lock (and will probably be very glad not to have the added weight).

- This is the third in our series of four once-monthly, weekend, daytime rides this fall/winter. The final one will be on February 10.

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Those who believe that the particulars of the problem are permanent
want in fact to believe in the permanence of the present society.
 


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