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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #485: Far-Flung

01.5.19

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.

This week, we meet at 8:30AM Saturday at Union Station!

On the tenth 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:

Far-Flung



**There is some chance of rain tomorrow, but as of now, it looks like there will be no heavy precipitation until
the evening. In the (seemingly unlikely) event that the storm arrives earlier than expected, we may shorten our
route, but the ride is on!**

We're entering the final stretch here. Having already reached our western- and southern-most points in this
past year, it seems only appropriate that we should now go further east than we have ever gone, deep into the
Inland Empire. To call a place far-flung is more an expression of one's own biases than any objective
assessment. It is true that, relative to our experience, the places we're going are far indeed. But to say far-
flung is to conjure up visions in which the very stuff of the city - the housing, the infrastructure, the smog - has
been thrown carelessly up against the mountains, collecting in inert piles or blown about in ever-shifting
eddies. Is it like that? Well sure, a little bit maybe. Looking up at the hills, seeing the crumbling edges of a
metropolis, it is easy enough to get the impression that there is nowhere left to go. But of course there is.

(~50 miles; a few of them of dirt; one large-ish hill and another smaller one)

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

- As noted above, we will be meeting on SATURDAY this week AT UNION STATION at 8:30 IN THE
MORNING, and then we will catch the 9:00am San Bernardino Metrolink train to the San Bernardino
Downtown station. 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 buy a paper ticket 5 minutes before the train and be able to make it
on. Fortunately, you can now buy your Metrolink ticket through their app, which is nice, but to buy a day pass,
you need to wait until the weekend (after 3am Saturday) to do so.

- The ride is starting and ending at the San Bernardino Downtown Metrolink station, so if you want to meet us
there, our train will arrive around 10:50am. Be there on time; we will not wait there.

- We will be taking the Metrolink from San Bernardino, catching the 4:50 or 6:25 train (depending on how
briskly we're moving along), which would get us back at Union Station at 6:40 or 8:15, respectively.

- The route is about 50 miles, and a few of those (let's say 3 or 4) will be on dirt. Most of the dirt and climbing
will be on the first half of the ride.

- There will be a lunch stop around noon, but you may want to bring a snack to tide you over until we get to
lunch.

- Bring all the things that you will need for an all-day bike ride that may extend into the evening hours: water;
lights; a lock (probably); snacks; sunscreen; extra layers of clothing etc. Some rain gear wouldn't be a bad
idea.

- This is the third in our series of four weekend rides this fall/winter. The last one will be February 9.


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