And here’s another recap of a Tuesday night gone to the bikes.
Last night’s TuNiBiRi extravaganza was taken to the Riverside area of Jacksonville, transforming the already odd abbreviation into the even harder-to-pronounce moniker of TuNiRiSiBiRi. This is the second time the ride has gone west, so hooray for round two of charging the dark streets of Riverside with around 150 people. Memorial Park was the chosen meeting place for the start of the ride. Faith and I had a little bit of late start coming in from the beaches but arrived with a few minutes to spare in my CR-V, improperly attached bike rack and all.
In the usual TuNiBiRi fashion, there was a “Fuel-Up” stop early on in the ride. During this break, someone initiated an attempt to stuff a single parking space with as many bikes as possible. While this is a testament to how much space a bike saves, it became a bit impractical when people began stacking the bikes. So yeah…you can definitely fit around 50 bikes in an SUV’s parking spot. But it will take you a ton of time and a large group of people to ever get access to your bike.
Photographing these rides has never been easy. The ISO on my little D90 is turned all the way up and I’m using the maximum aperture on my 35mm lens. This ride proved to be the darkest of any yet. Fishweir Park, the first official long stop, had no major light source…so I gave up getting sharp photos and messed around with a longer exposure…sans a tripod of course. These amazingly blurry photos are the best of what I got.
And there was this moment when Brandon wanted a group picture…after blinding everyone with some failed attempts to adequately set my flash there was a successful shot…ruined by Tim. So then we went for round 2.
The final long stop of the ride was at Riverside Park. We bunched up into the circular area where several paths connected. The lighting was fun and the backdrop of cyclists admist the trees was a little cinematic. Not to mention the entertainment provided by riders demonstrating their ability to handle and maneuver their bikes.