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Wrightsville Beach midnight ride photos

(updated: Jun 4, 2012)

Low tide on Friday was around 11pm, so I organized a midnight beach ride at Wrightsville Beach. I was the only one who showed up. Well, Michael was planning on coming but then something came up. That's ok, I mostly ride early in the morning or late at night to avoid social interaction with other people because I am considered a danger to society. And by that, I mean I use my vast knowledge and experience to give people ideas. And well, ideas are dangerous. We can't have that.

I did have one girl who came up to me as I was taking photographs and asked what I was doing. I told her I was taking photographs. She may have not been aware of these devices called cameras that only take photographs (you can't talk to people using it or Facebook with it). I give her credit for being curious at least.

Pugsley at night. This is me sitting still so I would show up in the photo. This was a 30s timed exposure.
Wrightsville Beach - SBA on Pugsley timed exposure.

You can't see me ... If I simply ride by you only see my light streaks.
Wrightsville Beach - bike light streaks from timed exposure.

Johnny Mercer's Pier. Pugsley in foreground.
Wrightsville Beach - Johnny Mercer\'s Pier. Pugsley in foreground.

Wrightsville Beach - looking South. A storm was supposedly rolling in but all I felt were a few drops.
Wrightsville Beach - looking South

The sand almost looks like a lunar landscape. Exposure was not quite long enough -- the max I can do is 30s without a remote or wired shutter release.
Wrightsville Beach

How it really looks at night. Like my cupholder?
Wrightsville Beach

This was taken while riding. Don't know how I was able to get this much in focus without using the flash.
Wrightsville Beach


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1. Triki Dick said...

My wife is planning a trip to Topsail at the end of the month and it made me think of checking your blog. Well, you rode the beach at night, I may put some fat tires on the bike and give that a try.

Thanks for the update.

Jun 4, 2012 @ 12:43 PM

2. Sumsay said...

Your brilliant ideas are obscured by your disregard for county codes. Others say this is a result of your silver spoon upbringing which creates your sense of entitlement. Ahhhh those darn poormouthers. One head of state said , "he needs to move to somewhere like Portland where heed fit in." Some say "he is an elitist with a barn full of bikes" Why do you live in such a "hillbilly" town that "aint got no hills"

Jun 6, 2012 @ 12:07 AM

3. Peter said...

I really liked your photos of the beach and the back drop of the homes in the horizon pretty cool with the night light reflecting in the clouds. Must have been a great evening to be out.

Jun 6, 2012 @ 11:37 AM

4. SBA said...


Yes, a county code enforcement officer stopped me and said my bike was not up to code. It had more than the maximum 0.1" of rear travel allowed at Blue Clay and was not made of crabon fiber. I told him where he can stick his travel and rode off.

I was raised by middle-class wolves in the forests of Lithuania, where there were many logpiles. I don't know if that qualifies me for entitlement. If by entitlement you mean being able to ride whatever bike I want, whenever I want, in whatever attire I want (or lack thereof), wherever I want (for example, in public spaces paid for by taxpayers), without harrassment by government, lawyers, or pot-bellied pigs, then yes. Live free or die.

Portland sounds nice, but Wilmington with lots of bike paths and a cycling culture would beat Portland any day. We have way better looking women too.

I will ride any bike with anyone. I have no particular pace I need to go. I invite anyone to ride with me on different types of rides, but I find many people are focused on one type of riding, and aren't really interested in trying something different, or riding with people who they feel their skill level is beneath them. I am the antithesis of an elitist. Try the Bikesnob. He is way better than me at the sarcasm.

I have a garage with bikes, but it is not full, not yet anyway. I can still fit a car in there. I still have my first Trek mountain bike bought back when I was in graduate school in 1992. Some people collect other things, like cars. Sometimes they are so proud of them they leave them in their front lawn for years. Why is having many bikes a problem?

As far as Wilmington, I've been asking myself that question since I got here in 2004, which is part of the reason we have two parks with bike trails in them today. But your geography is mixed up -- hillbillies live in the hills. It's funny you say that because I have an announcement to make soon, but that is for another post.


Jun 6, 2012 @ 1:49 PM

5. Michael said...

Hey Sumsay,
What's up with the "Others say", "One head of state said", and "some say" bull crap? Why don't you just publish your own name and your own thoughts?

...Just sayin'!

Jun 6, 2012 @ 8:55 PM

6. Mark said...

I was in Wilmington for the weekend, was going to ride Blue Clay, but was told I brought the wrong bike (2001 Specialized Stumpjumper with 90mm travel and knobby tires), they said I was looking for trouble, probably wanted to go over log piles or some other highly techincal features. They said "This is not what Blue Clay is for", its a bike path and should be ridden as such. So instead I went for a road ride with a bunch of rebels, weird dudes who ride all kinds of different bikes and styles (they even went fast and made me breathe hard and get tired). Fun weekend.

Jun 11, 2012 @ 10:48 AM

7. Hillbilly said...

hope you dont take the spewage personally. we had a rupture while working on the main line last week. a couple of feeder lines were clogged. "wolves" I like that one. we r everywhere Michael some of us even have camras that take picktars. I hope people will someday stop using that just sayin phrase. jus sayin jus sayin jus sayin jus sayin jus sayin. gets old.

Jun 12, 2012 @ 5:11 AM

8. SBA said...

I'll tell ya what has gotten really old: the word Epic. If I have to hear that one more time ... the other week I went on facebook and it was epic this and epic that, so I deleted my account, ate an epic burrito and took an epic shit.

Jun 12, 2012 @ 6:15 AM

9. Mike said...

SBA... Don't you know 'Epic' is the new 'SicK'? Or is it the new gnarly? Or wait... 1990's it was 'phat', late 80's it was 'Bitchin', early 80's it was 'Radical', and in the 70's it was BAD, man! Let's not forget 'a gas' (late 60's/early 70's) or the number one..... That's really COOL (1950's to present day).

I say it's time to start a new one to get sick of. How about something like, I dunno.... STUPID! "wow man, that was really STUPID! Can you do it again..." You know, I've actually heard that before....

Jun 12, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

10. Michael said...

Back to the original post....since the trails are soaked, I think a night beach ride is in order. You trash talkers should come's something different & a lot of fun. (you can even bring your camras and take picktars)

Jun 12, 2012 @ 9:20 PM

11. Mike said...

It really is Cool, man. I went Sunday evening to WB to ride and it was a gas. It was \'uphill\' going southward, and \'downhill\' going north. There was totally radical scenery while the sun was still up, and I had a bitchin time taking it all in. What an epic ride... But seriously, I guess I looked out of place to the visitors, what with a bike (that you actually pedal) out on the sand (yes there is sand at the beach). Plus I had a really unusual bike: An older model Trek hardtail, with lots of heavy stuff on it like lights, a battery, a blackburn rack, and DRINK BOTTLE HOLDERS!!! Not to mention a saddle toolbag, and a small cooler! Didn\'t take no piktars though.

Jun 13, 2012 @ 7:40 AM

12. SBA said...

Riding Wrightsville Beach tonight (6/13) at 7pm. Meet at Johnny Mercer's pier. Beer afterward.

Jun 13, 2012 @ 2:00 PM

13. Triki Dick said...

Did I notice in one of your photo's you were riding a niner? Looked in your bikes page, no niner there.

Jun 18, 2012 @ 11:26 AM

14. SBA said...

Yes, RIP 9. Have to add photo.

Jun 20, 2012 @ 8:48 PM


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