The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #297: Le Tour des Tours
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.
On the sixth year of this bike ride, you might expect:
- more inconvenient passageways
- more full moon picnics
- perhaps more "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- certainly more amateurish enthusiasm
- pool halls
- bowling alleys
- dance parties
- imaginary histories
- scavenging for fun and sustenance
- more geocaching
- more oblique strategies
- more Oulipian constraints
- traffic median tea parties
- A medium pace (maybe not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- We're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light.
- Maybe some distance;maybe some hills
- Victory donuts!
Le Tour des Tours
If one were to rank all the best ways of visualizing the drought, riding bikes past a bunch of water towers
would probably be pretty far down the list. After all, the problems are greatest at the ends of the distribution
system: not enough water coming in one end; too much water being taken out of the other. What good would it
do to focus on these intermediate steps along the way?
Well, for one thing, the towers bring that water one step closer to home, and there are but a limited number of
steps between the rain clouds and our faucets. For another thing, they make great symbols, standing there all
tall-like, proclaiming the town's name, saying "look at what we've done; see who's the big deal now?" Perhaps
most importantly for the purposes of a weekly bike ride though, they are here, and we can see them, so that is
what we will do tonight.
(35 flat, mostly-paved miles)
Talk, talk, talk...
Check out our web site!
(and our tumblr!)
(and join the mailing list!)
The hacienda must be built.