31 October 2009 - 10:54The Spectres of Cycling
What a fun ride! While it was not much more than our usual group that attended, it certainly was a good time. There were some good costumes, and I felt pretty lame with my last minute “zombie bike rider” get up. We had Pippy, Bob Ross, a creepy vet, a vampire girl or a witch(?) and some terrifying post apocalyptic cyborg cyclist. Oh, and me, as the lame last minute costume guy.
We gathered for a group shot in the cemetery behind the shop, and headed out into the night through town. We received some enthusiastic whoops from folks hovering outside the Rez and the Alchemist as we passed. Mandy had gone ahead to set up some ambiance in the tunnel at the trailhead. A strobe light and some Misfits cranked up on her project portable tuneage device. It was cool.
By the time we reached the main climb, it was pitch black, and it was starting to rain. Cool! Nothing spookier than being in the woods in the dark in the rain. We puttered around the big pine trees, got lost a bit, and decided to stop and have some of the refreshments we packed in.
Check out all the orbs! There is an old cemetery in the woods near where this picture was taken, it was where they used to bury the patients at the state mental hospital who had no next of kin…
Now, I do have to say, that while beer in a can is a good thing, not all beer in a can is good. Unfortunately, I was unable to procure the good stuff in time for this ride. I’m going to have to stockpile next time I’m traveling, because you seem to easily be able to get all this cool beer in Mass or NY. The best part of the beer in a can, is when you are done, you just squash the can and pack your trash out. It’s so much more portable than bottles.
We did a few more singletrack sections, but by now, it was really pouring. I have never ridden my bike at night in the rain, and it was kind of cool. The driving rain added a whole new level of difficulty. All in all, we were probably only out there for 30 minutes, but it was a blast.
I think next year, we’ll try and make it a bit more of a thing.