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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #263 - Now That's What I Call a Bike Ride!

08.20.14

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.
We'll endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight),
but often it is not possible.

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
- 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:

Now That's What I Call a Bike Ride!


Pop compilation albums are (or rather were, as they become increasingly
irrelevant in the digital age), by definition, a mixed bag. Sure, you may get quite
a lot of "the hits" all together for one presumably low price, without having to
subject yourself to the full albums by artists known mostly for their singles which
are likely to be as much (or more) filler than actually enjoyable songs. But, on
the other hand, you probably only realistically get maybe 2/3 hits packaged
together with what can generously be called would-be hits: songs that are more
in the style of a pop song than actual, legitimate pop hits. Yet on the other, other
hand (I guess we're back to the first hand?), maybe those other songs, the
non-hit hits, maybe they are the real treasures, the discoveries, the surprises?
Maybe those are the songs that you can feel are yours, because they never
quite belonged to the pop masses? Maybe?

Now what we do isn't exactly "popular" by any reasonably scaled metric.
We're more of a niche act, it's true. But if we view the particular parts of our
routes as the songs on our playlists, then certain stretches emerge as our
own greatest hits. This week we string a few of those along a certain waterway
(one of the Top 5 All-Time L.A. Waterways!) into an all killer, no filler hits parade
ride... Or, okay, there is probably a bit of filler. But maybe parts of that filler will
emerge as our eventual personal faves, eh?

(~35 miles; at least one substantial hill; a substantial amount of off-roading;
probably a late one, yeah; don't say we didn't warn you)

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ThePassageRide.com

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thepassageride.tumblr.com

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