Saturday, April 24, 2010

Eureka Rhododendron Parade, bike division

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Since the northcoast of Calfornia is a Rhododendron center, the city of Eureka sponsors a Rhododendron parade once a year. I won't tell you that the streets are lined with Rhoddy lovers; part of Eureka's charm lies in its utter inability to line five miles of streets for any reason. However, some spots along the route were pretty crowded. I joined a contingent of intrepid cyclists comprising event #27 in the parade. We pushed off a little after 10 am.


Mark Mueller, founder of Windrwrap Fairings, led our group while towing rick Fugate, uninhibited accordion player/singer.

Adorned with American flags and rhododendrons, we rode for about five miles through downtown Eureka. Just ahead of us, a jazz marching band set the beat, just behind a half dozen blaring fire engines kept us on our toes. People cheered from the curbs, several actually saluted.



For a full screen playback click the four squares on the bottom right margin of the video.



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Talia helped us decorate the bikes.

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Checklist for ride: Trikes, accordion, park bench...

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Mark Mueller towing Rick Fugate while he sings "I Want to Ride My Bicycle" at a volume suitable for parade acoustics.

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Despite the fact that our group voted unanimously against rehearsing, we were almost able to execute complex, synchronized biking routines!



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We attracted some swooning fans.

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Every few hundred yards the parade stopped dead in its tracks. But the accordion music went on. It's the American way.

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If George Washington had had a trike after he crossed the Delaware it would have looked like this.


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Iris' family owned a 56 Chevy when they lived in Mexico in the 50's.


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THAT'S ALL FOLKS!