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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #281 - Trail Mix

01.10.15

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 Saturday morning at 8:20am
at Union Station.
We will take a 8:50am 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

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:

Trail Mix


Almonds or cashews? M&Ms or chocolate chips? Cranberries or raspberries?
Wasabi peas? Or maybe just good old raisins and peanuts? So many snack
choices when you're out on a trail! A dozen donuts makes a nifty repast.
But, despite all evidence to the contrary (the picnics, the homemade bread,
the donuts), The Passage is not in fact a culinary society. No, we are an
exploratory bike ride. So the "trail mix" in question here is actually, you know,
a mix of trails.

Who said we can't be clear, straightforward, to the point?

And what a mix of trails we have for you this week. Foot trails? We got 'em.
Horse trails? Check. Use trails? Yep. Bike trails? Natch. Indeed, around three
fourths of the ride is on one form of trail or another -- two thirds of that (half
overall) unpaved. Trails: we will be on them, and a mixture thereof.

So we guess the thing you need to ask yourself is not so much "Can I do
this ride?" but "Do I WANT to do this ride?" If you tend to wish we'd just get on
a road already, enough with the dirt and the rocks and the bumps and the
nonsense -- your wrists and your 700x23s both conjuring up mental sad-face
emojis -- then you probably want to sit this one out. If, however, you can't get
enough of the off-roading (and have a bike that can't get enough of the
off-roading), well, you're golden. You'll be treated to a variety of surfaces in a
variety of settings, and some truly spectacular views. Yum!

(A little less than 40 miles. Off-roading? Plenty; see above. Hills? Those too;
mostly gradual uphills; some less gradual downhills.)

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

- This week's ride is NOT on Wednesday, January 7th

- As noted above, we will be meeting on SATURDAY this week AT UNION
STATION at 8:20 IN THE MORNING and catching the 8:50am Orange County
Metrolink train to Fullerton. 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 down there instead, meet us at the Fullerton Metrolink
station at 9:25am. Be there on time; we are not waiting there. You will have
7 extra miles at the end of the ride since we are ending at a different station
(see below).

- We will stop for lunch at a restaurant TBD. Bring a lock. If we have extra time
at the end of the day, we may also eat dinner before the train back like we did
last time. Because we sort of are a culinary society too.

- The ride will end at the new Anaheim ARTIC Metrolink station. The train
schedule is once again very inconvenient, so you should expect that we will
be taking the last train, at 6:45pm, back. This will return us to Union Station
at 7:50pm.

- It's a long day, we know -- but it's worth it!

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

- This is the third of four planned once-monthly, weekend, daytime rides
this winter. The final one will be on Feb. 7.

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For the latest information about each week's ride, join our mailing list:
groups.google.com/group/the-passage-announcements

For more information about past rides, visit our website:
ThePassageRide.com

For miscellaneous images, information, and links, take a look at our tumblog:
thepassageride.tumblr.com

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