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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #269 - Roads? Where We're Going, We Don't Need "Roads"


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

- 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!


This week:

Roads? Where We're Going, We Don't Need "Roads"

On The Passage, we often explore boundaries, limits, thresholds, and the like --
"liminal spaces," if we want to get fancy about it. Enterings, leavings, becomings,
disappearings. Neither/nors. Both/ands. Spaces become movements become
spaces (if only, sometimes, spaces of a conceptual sort). You can of course make
these movements mindlessly, paying little attention to any such spaces, waiting
for us to point to a site or monument, to lecture on their history or discuss other
Important Facts. And sometimes we do (we did last week a little). But, even when
we do not, there is nonetheless a sort of rhetoric of the route. It is rarely discursive
like a line of text, but if all you see is empty pavement as we roll down the road,
your vision is probably too narrow.

This week, you have seriously bad vision if you only see pavement for we will be
venturing well off pavement again for a stretch. And, indeed, the limit we will come
up against is the very limit of a bike ride itself. To wit, when does a bike ride stop
being "a bike ride" and start being "a hike, whilst carrying a bicycle"? Or, okay,
that is overstating it a bit. Proportionally, the hiking part is a pretty short segment,
not long at all, distance-wise. The bike ride will still be, overwhelmingly, a bike ride.
The off-pavement stretch will probably, however, take sorta long, time-wise, for the
trail we'll be hiking is only nominally a "trail." Definitions are going to get a little blurry,
you see. Or, at least, the trail will in parts be somewhat ill-defined. Do you have
a machete, basically, is what we're asking. (Just joking, of course.) (Ha.) (Ha.) (Sigh.)

(Non jokey facts: ~27 MILES; a good amount of CLIMBING, if you like climbing;
a fair amount of HIKING, if you have generous sense of fairness; you probably don't
want to bring too heavy of a bike, for you will be carrying it; you certainly don't want
to bring clipless cleats, for the trail will be narrow/slippery in parts; again, please,
NO CLIPLESS CLEATS, it will be extremely difficult for you to negotiate the trail we
will be taking)

(Also note: we will once again be LEAVING AT 9PM SHARP this week.)


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All cities are geological;
you cannot take three steps
without encountering ghosts
bearing all the prestige of their legends.

Posted by theroyalacademy