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The Funny, the Sick, and the Bizarre

(updated: Jun 23, 2007)

I thought I'd share a few videos with you since I haven't quite finished my own yet. And by haven't quite I mean haven't started. This is just procrastination on my part.

But before I get to them I'd just like to talk about the Blueberry Festival today. What, no doomsday predictions of the planet and collapse of society? Well, you're spared for now.

Today I went to the Blueberry Festival up in Burgaw. I don't know how you can have a Blueberry Festival with no blueberries. I couldn't find any blueberries by the time I got there. Except for one on the ground, which I picked up and ate. It would have tasted better if that old lady hadn't stepped on it first. Nothing like shoe-flavored blueberry. The blueberry ice cream and blueberry smoothies were gone as well. I saw some blueberry cheescake but I'm not a big cheesecake fan.

Have you seen me?

Steve and I did one of the Longest Day Ride loops and proceeded to get lost, thanks to the maps courtesy of the Cape Fear Cyclists. I don't think you can call them maps. They're more like solutions to maze puzzles. They'd make better trail maps because there's no identifying roads or landmarks, just lines in space to follow. "Did you see a turn?" "We're not on the right road anymore." "Nope, it's I-40 again, we're way off the map." Give me 15 minutes and I'll give you a google map with the route and direction overlayed on it.

The riding in Burgaw is, however, outstanding. The roads are great and there are very few cars. It reminded me of the North Carolina of nearly 30 years ago when I lived near Winston-Salem and could ride my bike around my neighborhood without worrying about getting run over by a jerk in an Escalade (man, I f'n hate those things). Drivers are way more polite, too, except for one jackass who honked at us but he was from Virginia which explains it. I kept looking over my shoulder for cars back but there were none.

After the ride we hung out back at the Cape Fear Cyclists' booth. We handed out flyers and stuff so people can go to the website for more info. Most people I talked to who wanted to ride or used to ride were, not surprisingly, afraid of riding on the roads here. This is a common theme. So I point out the Blue Clay Bike Park and the future paved Cross City Trail and Trolley Trail.

Isn't it sad, however, that we don't have a beach path here? And in ten years time if things keep going the way they have been, there will be no road riding in Wilmington, period. You'll have to drive further and further out, like Burgaw. And by the way, Burgaw is growing fast, too.

On that happy note, here are the videos:

This is some of the sickest trials riding I've ever seen. Huge drops. Huge bunnyhops. You have to see it to believe it.

File this one under WTF? What the hell is a scraper bike? I don't know, but give 'em credit at least they're passionate about it. Hey kids, here's a tip, more riding, less singing. Ugh.

And lastly, here's a comedy duo in England who are pretty funny.
Angel Summoner and BMX Bandit


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1. Jonathon said...

Yo Mr Bikes more than me,

I am headed to Holden Beach from July 4th - 7th. Is that close to you or any of the trails that you ride for us to meet up for a quick spin?

Maybe we can chat about hate-mongers and deforestization. . . Is that a word?

Get my email from the great BradOOOOOOOOOOOOOO if ya don't have it already.


Jun 25, 2007 @ 3:34 PM


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