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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #274 - The Edge of Oblivion


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 8:30 AM
at Union Station.
We will take a 9am train.
We will return by train later in the day; see below for more information.

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:

The Edge of Oblivion

In the summer of 2012, San Bernardino filed for protection under Chapter 9
of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. At the time, it was the largest city to have ever
done so. Though the recent global economic crisis exacerbated its problems,
San Bernardino had actually been in decline since the 80s. It was dealt an
especially serious blow in 1994 with the closure of Norton Air Force Base --
a loss of 10,000 jobs from the area.

Today, the city struggles on. Location, mixed with desperation, has made it
an attractive site for vast fulfillment centers: Kohl's, Mattel, and most recently
Amazon. But the adult unemployment rate nonetheless remains over fifteen
percent. Many commercial buildings stand vacant. It is by no means a ghost
town, but with so many idle hands and spaces, an eerie stillness pervades
many parts of the city. Even the fulfillment warehouses sit like silent
monuments in the landscape.

This week, as announced previously, we will be traveling by train to explore
new territory. We will head out to San Bernardino, in Empire's inland abode,
and visit some of its places that fall on one side or the other of oblivion.
Some are shells, some are scars, and some are wide open spaces, ready to
be occupied by some new, massive venture conjured forth.


- As noted above, we will be meeting on SATURDAY this week AT UNION
STATION at 8:30 IN THE MORNING. 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!

- It is not uncommon for many of the ticket machines to be out of order,
resulting in ridiculously long queues. Do not expect to show up at the station
5 minutes before the train and be able to make it on.

- If you prefer to drive out there instead, meet us at the San Bernardino
Metrolink station at 10:45am. Be there on time; we are not waiting there.

- The route is a little over 35 miles. There is one fence to hop. There are
multiple long, off-road portions. There is one very steep hill, also off-road,
which we will have to walk up. Clipless shoes are NOT recommended.

- We will stop for lunch at a restaurant TBD. Bring a lock. The lock will also
be useful at our final stop.

- Depending on which train we manage to catch, we will return to Union Station
at either 5:15, more likely 6:40, or possibly even 8:15pm

- Bring water; bring sunscreen; bring extra layers of clothing

- This is the first of four planned once-monthly, weekend, daytime rides this
fall/winter. The others will be on Dec. 6, Jan. 10, and Feb. 7.


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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