Today was incredibly rainy and windy, with gusts up to 50 mph. There weren’t many people on bikes downtown at 5 PM and fewer opportunities to stop and chat them up. Being that it’s dark at 4:30 doesn’t help. Riding home against the wind, disappointed without a ‘catch of the day’. Around Alki Point I passed a group of half a dozen people on bikes. I made a U-turn and caught up with them outside the Alki Urban Market.
“We ride around Alki every Thursday. It’s a ride, not a club. Anyone can join us. We ride rain or shine. The first ride there were 6-8 of us. Then we decided to invite our friends. The next ride there were 12 of us. The next ride 20. Then 30. Then 40. It kept growing and growing throughout the summer. Then other bike clubs got involved. The Dead Babies started riding with us. It’s just a local ride. We ride the same route every time.”
“We meet at the octopus and then we usually ride to Jack Block Park until they go to Fall hours. So now we just go down to the boat launch. Then we come back and end our night at El Chupacabra for tacos and beers and shots and stuff. It’s basically not serious riding — just mellow riding. We usually stop at the anchor and socialize. It’s an opportunity to bring people together to get to know each other and ride bikes. We ride rain or shine. Meet at 6:30PM at Constellation Point on Alki.”
How windy was it tonight? Here’s a short video I shot on the Second Ave. bike lane in downtown Seattle.