Over the past year and a half, I’ve been dreaming about bike shenanigans, waiting for a time that we can start to gather together for a good bike party. With the new CDC recommendations for vaccinated people to be able to gather together, Adam Blake and I put together a little get-together with some close friends last Sunday at one of our favorite places to ride. I don’t know if all of the stars aligned or what, but a bunch of our gnome cousins decided to come out to Levis as well. It turned out to be one hell of a good time!
Our plan was to meet up and camp out on Saturday night and then ride on Sunday. When I rolled in, I was surprised to see that Kitty, Kelsey, and Sarah were all camped alongside Noel, JP, and Angry Andy. Later that night, we all gathered around the campfire and got all kinds of silly till the wee hours. The moon shone bright and we saw some crazy lights in the sky that turned out to be SpaceX’s Star-Link Satellites (not aliens or hallucinations)
The next day we rolled out of our tents and got ready to ride. The forecast was calling for rain so we got out as early as we could. We ended up riding most of everything (except Goat Dance) and then came back and had some lunch with the plan to go out again afterward. The clouds let loose with a pretty good downpour that sent us packing.
I love a good bike party! The most prevalent organized bicycle events involve some sort of race and I’ve always felt that for every bike nerd that races there’s nine more that don’t. I use the term ‘bike-nerd’ affectionately, because I’m the biggest bike nerd ever! So I’ve been know to foster bike parties that cater to other bike nerds that fall into the category of rider that seeks the kind of fun that can be found at bike festivals. We ran a series of pre-COVID bike parties that we called Funduros and one of them even had a race. Even though it’s the sort of race that combines equal parts of competition, party, and funskis! So this past weekend, I put my toe back in the water of organizing a tiny group ride with my best buds and it made me feel the kind of joy that I used to get back in the days of Gnome-Fest!
Part of my agenda for this trip included meeting with our amigo and Levis Trail Steward, Steve Meurette to talk about scheduling the Levis Mound Fat Tire Festival on the weekend after Labor Day (September 10-12, 2021). It’s the same weekend that we traditionally ran Gnome-Fest. Steve gave the plan the green light so mark your calendars and tell all of your cool bike nerd friends to plan to come up, camp out and ride bikes with one goal in mind…..having FUN! There’ll be more to come on this very soon!