Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 61

Last ride of the year...

When: Tue, Dec 13th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Festivus

Everyone should know about Festivus by now.  It has been around for over 50 years.  For those of you that lead a sheltered life, take 3.5 minutes out of your online holiday shopping time life to hear about this great holiday (via Seinfeld).  Now you know we here at FBC tend to do things a little differently, so we will do our own take on Festivus.


So, first the very best part of our Festivus ride...holiday outfits.  If you need some inspiration, here are some ideas: ugly holiday sweater, skier, snowman, naughty elf (please!), santa suit or whatever.  Feel free to decorate your bike with lights, bows, wreaths and holiday cheer too.

Next go shopping for a gift for our FBC gift exchange ($5 limit) and bring it wrapped and unmarked.

Lastly, get it all together and ride your bike over to Eich's.

We will leave Eich's and do a shorter route through town while sticking to main arteries if there is foul weather.  We will end somewhere warm and full of glee.  We will gather around our durable and strong aluminum pole, flanked by all our presents.  You see this is somewhat of a hybrid Festivus with a metal pole and gifts, but there will be NO airing of grievances or feets of strength...well, there may be those things depending on the hour and amount of spiked eggnog.  Anyways, at our destination we will commence with our annual FBC Gift Exchange (if you don't bring a gift, you can sit in the corner like a old miserable scrooge) as we sip holiday cheer... and hopefully someone will have too much, get rowdy and embarrass themselves...hopefully it is not me.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 60 in Review

WOW!  You all really came through for the food bank on our last ride.  Our annual Thanks4giving ride featured some 60+ riders.  This was year #5.  As always, there was no theme and spoke cards were free.  Everyone was encouraged to bring as much food as they could to Eich's.  Now Eich's was closed during this period for their annual cleaning and maintenance.  Never fear, they love FBC and Jeff came down and opened up just for us.  Thanks Jeff!

At Eich's we weighed everyone's offerings and compiled a list.  Then loaded all this donated food into bike baskets, panniers, trailers, backpacks and whatever else we had, and biked it all over to the food bank.  There, John, who has greeted us every year after hours and on his own time, again welcomed us with a huge smile.  He checked in all the food and gathered all the food for an official grand weight.

After the food bank, we mounted up again and cruised down to Trinity.  Everyone that brought food that night was given a ticket for a FREE drink at our destination.  Mel Dick was very gracious and donated a keg of 219er for the occasion.  We all drank and warmed ourselves both inside and out knowing the good work we had accomplished that night.

Thanks to Justin, Lance and the rest of the Trinity crew for staying open later than usual for us and being such grand hosts.

So, I challenged everyone to bring as much food as they could handle so we could beat last year's total of 413lbs of food.  We stomped that number with 619lbs of food for the evening (and $100 cash).

Top givers for the evening: 1st place was FBC lifetime Members for Life Brandon and Connie with 116lbs (they were the top givers last year as well), 2nd place was FBC lifetime Members for Life Dick and Linda with 85lbs (they were also the 2nd place givers last year) and finally FBC lifetime Members for Life Frank and Jean with 41lbs.  Awards were given to them for their efforts.  Thanks to EVERYONE that so generously gave for the evening.

What does 619lbs of food and $100 do for the local food bank?  Well, to put this all in perspective, the Dept of Agriculture estimates the average person eats 4.7lbs of food per day.  $1 roughly buys you 1lb of food.  So, FBC Sandpoint's donation will feed 153 people for a 1 day.

Thanks4giving 5 was a huge success!  So much gratitude to all the people that contributed to this evening.  I am truly humbled and honored to be part of such a fine group of cyclists.

For visuals, click HERE.

Next up Festivus...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 60

Who likes food?

When: Mon, Nov 14th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Thanks4giving 5

This is installment 5 of Thanks4giving.  If you are new to FBC, and amazingly we still keep getting new riders, this ride is about collecting food for the Bonner County Food Bank.  Holidays are coming and the need for food items during this time of year is greater than any other time.  So, here is where you can help.

Last year we raised 412lbs of food.  We also took in a lot of cash donations.  Our goal every year is to BEAT THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S TOTALS!

Regarding your money for the evening:

  • Save your dollar donation for a spoke card...you will get 1 spoke card for FREE this month with any food donation
  • Save the money you might have spent on a costume this month, this evening is about giving
  • Save the money you would have spent on drinks at the ride destination--if you bring a food donation to Eich's you will get a coupon for 1 FREE drink at our secret destination
  • SPEND all this saved up money on food items for the Food Bank

Regarding the agenda for the evening:

  • You will bring your donated food items with you to Eichardt's at 7pm (you will NOT have to take them on the ride with you) so bring as much as you can possibly handle.
  • You will try and bring food items that are on the following "need" list (although I'm sure they will take others): peanut butter, juice, coffee, breakfast cereal, canned fruit, mayo/mustard, jam, canned meat, canned beans, canned veggies, tuna, pasta, canned soup,and spaghetti sauce.  Do not bring homemade items/canned products, expired items, unmarked cans or anything opened...duh.
  • Everyone's food items will be weighed at Eichardt's and an individual weight list will be compiled
  • The FBCers who bring the most food (as weighed on our precision weighing device) will receive sweet prizes.

Once we have weighed all the food and determined our weight winners, we will load all this food into bike trailers, if you got a trailer or baskets bring them, and then we will all caravan over to the Food Bank.  Once we have handed over all the food to the Food Bank rep, who is graciously coming in after hours to check all our food in, then we will head to our final destination.  There we will find more good times, warm accommodations and oh, that FREE beer.

Don't wanna go shopping or haul food around?  Then just bring a cash donation.  However, you have to bring food in and get it weighed at 7pm if you wanna compete for prizes and the free beer.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 59 in Review

Our last ride happened to be during a "supermoon."  What is a supermoon you ask?  Well, it occurs when the big ol' full moon is closer to earth than normal making it appear even fuller and larger than it usual.  Fascinating.  Wanna know something else.  It was so stormy and cloudy that night that you couldn't really see it.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and so our full moon rides during this month usually have some sort of pink theme.  We also donate all monies for the evening to Community Cancer Services.  $90 will be donated to them in FBC Sandpoint's name, thanks to everyone for giving a little extra for the evening.

Our ride also happened to fall on National Bosses Day.  So, the idea was thrown that you should dress like your boss...and somehow work in some pink as well.  That was asking a lot I know.  But many pulled it off.

Almost 40 riders showed up for what started as a very wet ride.  We dipped into South Sand and then headed across the Long Bridge.  I guess there was confusion on where we were headed (although the bridge is rather straight...and well, you can only go one way).  Anyways, the people that followed directions arrived at 41 South.  There Chris and the fine crew served us warm drinks as we sat next to the crackling fire place.

Once everyone was sufficiently dry and warm, we headed back to the Point.  The rain had cleared and it was a fine evening for riding.  The moon tried to make an appearance through the dense clouds.  There was a "bonus ride" through City Beach, the Marina, and yes, there was some roundabout riding as well.

For visuals, click HERE.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 59

There is snow in the mountains and I wonder is it...

When: Mon, Oct 17th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Does your Boss where Pink?

Historically, our October rides always have had some pink theme in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Well, we are not about to change now.  It has been proven that we have more female FBC Sandpoint Members for Life then men.  Breast are important (don't take that as some "locker room" talk).  Cancer sucks.  Unfortunately, we all know someone who has been effected by cancer.

We will donate ALL spoke card monies and whatever other monies you all wanna donate that evening to Community Cancer Services here in Sandpoint.

OK, so that is the important stuff.  We also know how much you guys like to dress up.  So, our ride happens to fall on National Bosses Day.  We would encourage you to dress up like your boss.  Or just wear pink.  Or dress up like your boss and wear pink too (cleaver).  Either way, dress up, bring some dollars for cancer and let's go ride before snow flies...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 58 in Review

Back to School was the theme for our last ride.  Some 175+ riders collected in what was probably the last Eichardt's alley party for the year.  It was a beautiful night and ride we must.  So, we left Eich's and headed to West Sand.

Now there was some major construction at the time on Fifth and Cedar.  Our local PD thought it might be a good idea to have a couple patrol cars hold up traffic as we all rode by, so there would not be a major bottle neck between bicycles and cars trying to get through the construction area.  It worked out great and all the riders got through in minimal time, and traffic resumed as usual.  Thanks to the Sandpoint PD for that.

We meandered through West Sand, crossed down into South Sand and eventually ended at Roxy's.  That alley leading up was a dozy wasn't it??!  Thanks to Tami and the rest of the Rozy's crew for their hospitality.

As a note, we had riders from NYC, VA, Seattle, Spokane and CDA on the ride.

There was also a gal running around taking some old school Polaroid pictures...although they were on a new school camera.  Cool, regardless.

For visuals. click HERE.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 58

You know what time of year it is...

When: Thur, Sept 15th @ 7pm (note new winter ride time)
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Back to School

Kids are going back to school.  Some kids are just starting school for the first time.  These young kids will be molded during these formative years in school.  We will celebrate the good...or bad...memories we all have of school as we dress up for our next Full Moon ride.

Mess around and you will get a spanking.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 57 in Review

Last ride was more of the same for summer.  300+ riders.  We rode.  We enjoyed the moon.  We left Eich's and went back to Eich's.  That confused some people.  Looking forward to next month and some FBC normalcy.

For visuals, click HERE.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 57

It's been 4 years...

When: Thur, Aug 18th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Summer Olympics

4 years ago we had out first ever FBC Sandpoint Summer Olympics.  It was a blast and some memories are still fresh in my mind.  So then, it is that time of year again.  And so ride and compete again we will.

There is still time to train.  Then, dress in your favorite Summer Olympic event garb, grab your bike and your bestie and let's ride!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 56 in Review

Our last ride featured over 300 riders...or 5% of Sandpoint.  Yup, you read that right 5% of the City of Sandpoint was in attendance (thanks to FBC Lifetime Member for Life Kevin for crunching the numbers on that).  FBC rides continue to the BIGGEST biking event to ever hit little ‘ol Sandpoint.

"Nerds" was the theme and you all did not disappoint.  Many, many people dressed up.  Others, it was unclear whether they dressed up or if that was their everyday attire.  Either way, it was a damn nerdy looking group of riders.

We headed into West Sand, where some did some laps around the roundabout which is always fun.  With a somewhat large group, we kept the route rather direct.  A long run was made down Division, utilizing the designated bike lane...and traffic lane.  It was a beautiful night for a ride with friends.

We ended at the Eagles.  Now we have been there before.  The gals there love, and I mean love, to have FBC there.  They work their asses off making sure everyone is served and has a fine night.  They never disappoint.  And you should know that moneys made there go to supporting the Eagles.  Hence, that is why the bar is called the Eagles.  Anyways, there really is no better place to end an FBC.  Trike-a-boom made the ride (barely) and provided tunes at the Eagles.

A last note on the ride, this seemed to be more of a family event than usual. There were a lot of moms and daughters.  Dads and sons.  Moms and sons.  Dads and daughters.  And just general family combinations out for the ride.  That is always nice to see that FBC can bring families closer together.  Until next time...

For visuals, click HERE.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 56

Remember way back to last July?  We had 2 Full Moons in one month.

When: Tue, July 19th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Nerds

Our next ride happens to fall on International Chess Day.  How exciting is that?!  What's that?  You don't understand how that relates to FBC?  How are you supposed to dress like a chess figure?  You aren't silly.  No offense intended to those that actually play/like chess...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 55 in Review

Nice weather brought some 250+ riders out for our last ride.  The theme was "Summer Mixer" whatever the hell that means.  Individual interpretations were good though.  Lots dressed up.  Eich's had the alley open and beer was flowing.  Trike-a-boom provided tunes.  It was the longest day of the year, and I had a feeling that no one really wanted to leave.  It wasn't really dark and everyone seemed to be having such a good time.  But ride we must.

Due to some conflicting schedules, the ride route was put together by a couple of very loyal FBC Lifetime Members for Life.  Thanks to them for that.  We did a long alley in South Sand that we had never done before.  It was a little wild.  But hey, no one said it would be easy.  After zigzagging around South Sand we ended at the 219er.

Now, the 219er is an awesome place to end on a summer's day.  Even though the weather was good, they had a large tent up covering the patio just in case.  The outside bar was pouring.  There was a DJ and dancing.  It was more good times.  Huge thanks to Glenn and the 219er crew for the awesome night.

For visuals, click HERE.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 55

Summer is here...

When: Mon, Jun 20th @ 8pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Summer Mixer

So, we have had a good run lately with our destinations going to places we have not gone before...Bernd Barrel, Little Panida, A&P Bar.  This month we will be back to our more normal routine, kinda.

Theme?  Well, our ride happens to fall on the official 1st day of Summer.  It also happens to occur the day after Father's Day.  See the dilemma?  Oh, you don't.  We at FBC HQ debated on wether the theme should be "Pool Party" or "Dress Like your Father."   In the end, the "summer" theme won.  However, if you still wanna dress like your dad, that would be cool too (and you might even win a prize).  Or if you really wanted to score some points, dress like your dad would for a pool party.  Bottom line, dress up, grab your bike and let's ride under the summer Full Moon.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 54 in Review

Our last ride happened to fall on National Armed Forces day. 75+ riders dressed however they thought honored our military and that day.  We did a wet ride, yes it rained again.  We kept the route a little shorter than normal for this time of year.

We had some riders from CDA and Spokane for the ride, always great to see faces from afar.

We ended at the Bernd Barrel (the old Coldwater Creek Wine Bar).  A huge thanks to Denise and the crew for their hospitality and great service.  We basically had the bar to ourselves.  Pretty high end destination for a FBC, thanks to you all for behaving yourselves.  Remember how I said it was a wet evening?  Well, the staff opened up the downstairs so people could park their bikes inside and not get wet (or anymore wet).  Dozens of bikes parked inside the old Coldwater Creek Store could be one of the coolest FBC sightings I've seen.

Anyways, visuals coming as soon as I find my camera...

Monday, May 16, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 54

May showers bring...

When: Sat, May 21st @ 8pm (summer start time)
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Honoring Armed Forces 

May is National Military Appreciation Month.  More specifically, May 21st, which happens to be the day of our next ride is Armed Forces Day. This is a day for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.  This includes those serving in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy.  Regardless of how you may feel about how our country may use our military, I think we can all agree on being thankful for military members and their sacrifice.

So, grab some military garb, something patriotic or dress however you feel would honor our Armored Forces.

We will end somewhere we have NEVER gone before.  Now, I know, You may be asking how is that possible?  We went somewhere we have never gone last month.  And wait a minute, we went somewhere we had never been before the ride before that too.  All true.  We are on an amazing run.  We here at FBC Sandpoint strive to keep you entertained.  And we have some amazing Sandpoint business that have offered to open their doors for our little bike rides.

Also, note the new start time. See you then!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 53 in Review

120+ riders showed up at Eich's for our last ride. We were headed somewhere FBC Sandpoint had never been before. It was promised it would be grand. The anticipation was so thick you could cut it with a knife. Where would we end the ride? Many had ideas. But in the end NO ONE could predict our fate.

Anyways, it was Earth Day and "green" was the theme.  Because, how much more green could you get then riding your bike from point A to point B? (I realize I am posing a lot of questions, and cannot hear your response through the computer screen).  We rode through an alley we have never done before either...there were a couple mishaps.  There was also some rain.  We kept the ride a little shorter because of that.

We ended at the back entrance to the Little Panida.  Entrance was free for us FBCers.  They arranged to show 12 short film from the Portland Bike Film Fest.  The films were eclectic.  There was beer, wine and snacks.  I must say that Patricia, Becky and the rest of the Panida volunteers did an amazing job for us.  A huge thanks goes out to them for inviting us there and taking the time to make everything so fine.  All the money for alcohol went to the Panida.  We also donated all of the evening’s spoke card money to them.  So, in effect our ride was a fundraiser...if you didn't know the Panida is a non-profit, made possible by donations and volunteers.

For visuals, click HERE.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 53

Brace yo selves...

When: April 22nd @7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Green

Earth Day happens to fall on our next Full Moon ride.  Earth day is about protecting Earth.  Going "green" is one such way.  An it just so happens, you really can't go much more green than travelling by bike.

Also, we are going somewhere VERY special for our destination.  It is somewhere we have not been before.  I really can't tell you much more.  You should just know that we at FBC Sandpoint HQ work hard to keep things fresh and provide good quality entertainment.

P.S. I recommend you bring some cash for drinks.  See you then.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 52 in Review

Well, our last ride had a theme of "Riding in the Rain."  It was a spin off "Dance in the Rain." Clever huh?  Even more clever, it rained that night.  So, those that heeded the word and dressed up were prepared.  And the rest? Well, they got wet.  Most did dress up though.

52ish riders left Eich's and we did an alley we had not ridden before.  We then did a quick loop through South Sand. We cruised down First and ended at A&P's Bar.  A&P's as a destination, well that was a first for FBC as well.  You could say things have changed there since the fire.

We had a prize for Best Dressed...but they left.  Next time I guess.

For visuals, click HERE.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 52

Here we come year 5!

When: Wed, Mar 23rd @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Riding in the Rain

Well, much like last year, March feels like April.  But it is still March.  And March means Spring.  And Spring means rain.  And rain means you get wet when you ride your bike.  So, grab your favorite rain gear (if there is such a thing) for our next ride.  Galoshes, Mr. Skipper hats, trash bags with arm holes, ponchos and anything Gore-Tex would fit the bill.  Oh, and yes, we will wear all this regardless of wether it is raining at the time of the ride or not.

See you then.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 51 in Review

Four years of Full Moon rides in Sandpoint have now come and gone.  Huge thanks to the 60+ riders that put on their fancy formal wear and collected at Eich's for our birthday ride.  As a little note, we had riders from CDA, Dallas, Seattle and Spokane on the ride.  Once we left Eich's we did a relatively long cruise through South Sand for this time of year.  The skies were clear, it was chilly, but we got some great views of the Full Moon as we rode along.  Trike-a-boom was along for the evening providing some tunes, thanks Jared.

We arrived at Idaho Pour Authority (IPA) for our final destination.  They opened up just for our birthday celebration.  They also arranged some fine music by Ben and Cadie (there was a special guest appearance by Rob on drums).  We all sampled some fine brews, told stories of the last 4 years of rides and listened to tunes.  There was some dancing, which I did not know was possible at IPA.  John, Vicki and the rest of the IPA crew were more than welcoming and let us stay way passed their bedtime.  I really can't say enough how much I think of this place and their staff rocks.

Before we ended the evening, there was a speech...I don't think anyone really cared.  We then gave away some swag from many of the businesses that give FBC a lot of support.  We end at a different local business after every month's ride, and really all of them have been accommodating and said good things (mostly) about you all and invited us back.  Of course, that is a good reflection on all you.  And thanks for that because it makes it a whole lot easier when I have to ask them to come back the next time.  But with all that said, there are a handful of people and business that have gone above and beyond to help this club flourish, and well, contributed a lot to increase the fun level.  A very special thanks to them for their continued support:
Eichardt's
Laughing Dog Brewing
219er
Mickduff's Brewing
Powder Hound Pizza
IPA
Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair
Shotz Ski
Long Bridge Grill

We also gave out the award for FBC Sandpoint MVR (Most Valuable Rider).  This year the honors went FBC Lifetime Member for Life Tom.  Tom lived in Sandpoint in the beginnings of the club.  But then moved to CDA.  He still continues to drive up for almost every ride without hesitation.  He always dresses up for the theme.  He rides cool and creative bikes...like his high wheeler.  He gently wrangles in newbies that may not be doing the right thing and shows them the ropes.  He recruits new riders.  And if all that wasn't enough, he is just an all around damn fine guy to ride and hang out with, so congrats to him.

If you are still reading, one last word.  As I looked around the room at the 60 something people at IPA that evening, it occurred to me that many of those faces are people I see almost every month.  Regardless of weather.  Regardless of how stupid they may think the theme is.  Regardless of how busy their personal schedule may be and whatever calendar conflicts there may be.  This core group of riders is the heart and soul of FBC.  You know who you are and thanks to you.

For visuals, click HERE.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 51

It's your birthday!

When: Mon, Feb 22nd @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Formal Attire

You know how when your birthday comes around your mom always likes to tell everyone embarrassing stories from when you were just a young little tike?  No?  Maybe it is just my mom.  But as we draw near to the FBC Birthday ride, I reflect back to the beginning.  Ahh, it was just four years ago when we took our first formal FBC cruise under the full moon.  You all were so awkward and unsure in the beginning.  Questions swirled like, "Why is the destination a secret?"  "Do I need to train to go on these rides?"  "What is this spoke card for, do I attach it to my wheel somehow?"  "Can I really ride just any old bike?"  "Do I have to dress up to ride?"  Slowly, everyone grew and learned together.  And now just look at where you are today!

Anyways, back to the ride.  Get dressed up in your best attire.  We will ride somewhere real special.  There will be live music.  We will give away some swag.  We will have awards for Best Dressed for the evening.  And we will also crown the FBC Sandpoint Member of the Year.  And there will be some more stories.

You will not wanna miss this ride.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 50 in Review

The first ride of 2016 went off without a hitch.  It was the anniversary of beer coming out in cans, and so, our ride honored that historic day.  30 riders collected at Eich's.  Our route was a rather long one for the middle of winter.  But given our lack of winter this year, the roads were bone dry.  It was a great night for riding, but we ended at Connie's to rehydrate.

We have been to Connie's before.  They are always good to us.  This time around they stayed open passed closing, so we could all hang out and listen to tunes off the jukebox.  They also offered us a drink special for the evening, that was pretty nice. Thanks to Amy for all her work behind the bar.

For visuals, click HERE.

FYI: On our February 22nd ride, we will celebrate the birth of this little FBC bike club, some 4 years ago.  Get your formal attire together and stay tuned for full details...

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 50

Here we come 2016!

When: Sun, Jan 24th @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Beer Can Appreciation Day

First Fiasco of the new year.  You may have noticed that the Full Moon is on Saturday night.  But there is this little event in town that night called Banff Film Fest.  If we had the ride the same night, well, it might be a lonely ride.  So, this way you all can do both fun things.

Back on Jan 24th 1935, beer was first sold in cans.  Bet you didn't know that.  Cans are nice.  If you were gonna pack a beer for a ride, which I would never condone, a can would make a great choice.  They pack great, they are durable, they keep your liquid cold and they smash down real small for packing out after.  It really is a combination of 2 great things, beer and cans that is.  I know many of you here at FBC like beer, and cans, and so we will celebrate this great engineering feat together.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Full Moon Fiasco 49 in Review

Happy 2016!  I just realized we are a little behind in writings.  Our Festivus ride last month saw some 28 riders, 19 of which were on fat bikes.  Remember back to around Christmas?  We had lots of snow back then and temps were cold.  It was very festive looking.  Not that you needed a fat bike for this ride, people with regular mountain bikes did just fine.  We did a nice big loop in South Sand and strolled down First Ave to the La Rosa Club.

There we were greeted with a nice warm fire, fine beverages and a festivus poll.  Thanks to Tim, Will and the rest of the crew for taking good care of us and allowing us to hold our Festivus Party there.  Gifts were gathered and placed carefully under our festivus pole.  Then nice little FBC elves distributed the gift to all the riders in the room.  We all opened them at once.  Some things I saw were bike socks, bells, a pig calendar, a plush throw, some bath salts and many bottles of beer and alcohol (weird).  Santa was also on hand for the evening, oh, and speaking of hands.  I would say Santa was a little handsy from Festivus cheer.

I would say the last ride of 2015 was a damn fine one.  Here is too many more in 2016.

For visuals, click HERE.