Gandy Bike BBQ
“Oh, the sights you will see!” I felt like I was on a Dr Suess ride yesterday, but it was simply Charlie Gandy hosting a local ride and a little post-ride Texas BBQ. Still, I saw some neighborhoods I’d never seen before and I used to live in Belmont Shore and Naples, too. Chalk it up to those days I was driving a car and too busy to see.
The minute I received the invitation to this Bike BBQ, I RSVP’d affirmative. The host was a draw, without question, the date was open, I’d keep it that way, the promise of good food, a compelling feature for sure, but it was the thought of a 50+ mile ride that had a good deal of appeal. Long Beach is a good stretch from Corona del Mar; yesterday the beach boardwalks were crowded, but Coast Hwy was worse – too many cars with too many motorists going nowhere, just sitting in traffic. I felt I’d be the object of road rage, so I moved back to the boardwalk and took my time. It was a glorious, cool afternoon.
It’s hard to budget the time it takes for such a ride. Along the coast it’s easy to pick up a headwind, but not yesterday, so I arrived a little early, just as Melissa Balmer was finishing up her sharrow stencil and I was able to observe her agreeable subject.
It was a great time and I met lots of bike advocates and at the end of the day as I prepared to depart, I was reminded of Dr Suess again and his thoughts on bike advocacy:
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”