In the south part of downtown Reno, people started to arrive on bicycles at the corner of the Sundance Books and Music store. There was a good range of ages, both male and female. A young man and his father who is a visiting scholar at our University. Two college students who didn't know anyone else. And even a Yorkshire Terrier who loves to go for rides on a bicycle!! Hey don't laugh...this doesn't happen every day in Reno (but we're trying to get there) so it is a big deal to me.
|Sundance Books and Music|
I think others felt this too. It wasn't a training ride. You didn't need a specific bike like a road bike. Any bike was just fine. You didn't need kit (jersey and shorts, also referred to as "spandex") or bike specific shoes which clipped into specific pedals. As you can see in these photos, each person rode what worked for them. And each person wore what was comfortable for them.
|Mango Lime with Chile and Lime Seasoning|
Major Taylor Ride Club. Something I support and believe in. If you agree and have room in your charity budget, please donate through the Reno Bike Project's website. Since the Reno Bike Project is a non-profit, the programs and events like these are possible through donations.
Reno Rambler "About Last Night" and Riding in Reno "An Evening with Grant Peterson". And although I haven't met the author of the book in person, it sounds like he is a humble and generous man (his company would donate $15 for every "Just Ride" book purchased from the Sundance bookstore yesterday evening). I am glad I got a signed copy (thanks A, you are a lifesaver!).
By the time I was close to home, it was dark. And if you've ever ran in the dark it is eerie and awesome at the same time. All is quiet and it feels like having the entire road to yourself. I was all smiles the entire way home, remembering the yesterday. The day my daydream came true!!