Last weekend was the first Bicycle Quarterly “Un-Meeting”. The weather was perfect, about 25-30 riders showed up, and everybody had a great time. Aside from handing out copies of route maps, I was just another participant and was able to enjoy the meeting like everybody else. It was nice to see familiar faces and meet new people.
Most riders were from Washington State, but two had come from much further. George Retseck (on the left) came all the way from Pennsylvania. Many know George as the illustrator of the old Bridgestone catalogues. He has been doing some wonderful work for Bicycle Quarterly, too. Another rider came all the way from New York City!
The riding was wonderful. Instead of splitting up into groups, almost all of us decided to do the “intermediate” ride. We re-grouped a few times, and it seems that everybody enjoyed the riding and the company.
We had lunch at the historic lodge in Mount Rainier National Park, and then most of us climbed to Paradise.
That night, we congregated around a campfire. You can barely see the stars in the photo above. In real life, they were truly amazing. Sunday morning greeted us with more beautiful weather, and we set off for home.
We hope you are inspired to take up the idea and organize your own “Un-Meeting”. All it takes is figure out a few rides, make route sheets, set a date, and show up!
Photo credit: Andrew Squirrel (campfire).