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Ride Of Silence

Awesome turnout last night for The Ride Of Silence! 100+ riders, including several wee ones which was quite awesome to see, and zero problems of either a mechanical or traffic variety. Big gentlemanly ups to Tim at Summit Cycles and all the other local independent bicycle dealers (Cycle Center, Outspokin’, Harrell’s) clubs and organizations for getting the word out on one of the most important days in the “world cycling calendar”. Afterwards, Palmetto Cycling Coalition debuted its Safe Streets Save Lives PSAs in conjunction with Bikelaw at El Burrito. The free burritos and positive vibes flowed like fresh FRS from a reservoir of togetherness…

Eric, crusher of souls and dreams, and his daughter, future crusher of souls and dreams…

Pint-sized roleur sporting his hard earned climber’s colors…

A brief pause at the corner of Gervais and Main in front of the State House to remember the fallen…

 




This Only Gets Me To “Normal”

“Star Wars” cruiser bike. Yes, thats a light saber headlight…

Let’s remember folks, NEXT Friday is Hawley’s Bike To Work Rally. Before that, Columbia is hosting its annual Midlands Ride Of Silence next Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Rendezvous point is 1001 Harden Street, the parking lot for Food Lion and Cycle Center and the route should take us through USC, past the State House and back to 5 Points. After ride meet up is at the venerable El Burrito where the first 50 riders in get a free burrito, courtesy of Palmetto Cycling Coalition. If El Burrito isn’t your scene, you’re more than welcome to join Bloggy. I’ll be digging through the Pawley’s Front Porch dumpster for tasty morsels. Bring sturdy work gloves, a garden trowel and a grain silo full of optimism. With this humid weather, it ain’t gonna be pretty… but dumpster diving never is. Don’t judge me. In other news, today’s ride into work was especially dangerous. My points are through the roof after the motley ensemble of vehicles I encountered. On Old Two Notch, I was buzzed by a dump truck (+6), a semi truck (+6.4), and a van with a trailer (+4.9) caravan-ing together at Mach 2. Luckily the cross tires came in handy as I did a few yards of off-roading as the trio literally blew me off the road. I caught up to them at the light however so I guess their speeding was all for naught. As I rounded through the final turn towards work, I noticed the new bike lane painted onto South Lake Dr. right in front of Hawley! HUZZAH! Perfect timing for Bike To Work Month. Even though I got bullied by some big trucks, the ride this morning was still infinitely better than being trapped in a car AND I got to listen to my newly acquired copy of Black Flag’s “The Complete 1982 Demos” in its entirety (do not listen to music whilst riding in heavy traffic, or in any traffic) although Adam’s newly rekindled interest in dubstep may see my Youngsta Dubstep Allstars playlist uploaded back onto the I-Pod in the near future…

The Offending Trio:

The NEW bike lane paintage with Hawley barely visible in the distance:

Shipping department news alert: Inventory specialist J-Town is attending Cirque Du Soleil this weekend. He’s watched a couple primer videos and is looking forward to his first encounter with the seedy underbelly of Quebecois circus punks. Hopefully we’ll have the details Monday morning. Godspeed J-town. You can borrow my stabbing stick if you need it; Inventory specialist Ben, in the middle of a ping pong thrashing of the graphic department’s Joshie, screamed “Topanga!” After a cursory inquiry, it appears Ben has (willingly) substituted all swears and general exclamations for characters on “Boy Meets World”. I wish I was making this up but I’m not. Topanga indeed Ben, Topanga indeeeeed. Have a frank and productive weekend. By the way, if you’re riding down Wheat Street, looks like they got a new pothole. His name is Pottymouth and he’s looking forward to meeting you:

By the way, if you’re doing the Tour De Midlands charity ride tomorrow, say “hi” to me and Jose. Can’t be sure of Jose’s grumpiness level, but he may slap you in the face.