Bad Idea (Doughnut) Ride
Nearly 70 miles...
10 doughnut shops...
At least a couple screwball cyclists...
And one very bad idea.
We're going to roll out early this time around. We should be leaving the Aviation/LAX Green Line station at about 10:00 p.m.
Things to consider:
>We won't try to drop anyone, but this is specifically NOT a "no riders left behind" ride. Bring a bike in good working order, spare tubes & pump, bus fare (slim pickins at 4 am), & anything else you'd want in the middle of a strange city in the middle of the night. Don't come out if you're not willing to be on your own.
>Other obvious things to bring: Lights & spare batteries. Water. Probably anti-inflammatories. A layer or two. Money for doughnuts. ID. Maps wouldn't hurt. A toothbrush in case doughnuts + exertion x exhaustion = vomit. A bit more water. A camera. A friend who'll hang out with you if you get stranded. Common sense, self-sufficiency, & responsibility for your own actions.
>The original plan was to challenge everyone to eat one doughnut at each stop. A trial run demonstrated this to be a downright stupid, unpleasant, and terrible idea. No hyperbole, folks; I sincerely recommend against trying to eat more than a nibble here and there.
>Bring a copy of my cell phone number. It'll be the primary co-ordination number for the ride. If you can, it's really a good idea to bring a map with the route drawn in. I'll provide direction sheets, but they won't show surrounding streets and escape routes. Details for all this can be found at www.bikeboom.com
>Bathroom opportunities will be few and far between. Consult your digestive status before undertaking this ride.
>Save at least a bit of appetite for the strawberry doughnuts at Donut Man. They are sublime.
>There are real dangers to this ride. Come along at your own risk.