Thursday, January 31, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 87 in Review

Our first ride of 2019 was off the chain...as I think the kids would say. It started innocent enough at Eich's. 20+ socializing and eventually we mounted our bikes and strolled into the night. While we were inside, a nice blanket of snow had collected on the streets. Huge snowflakes continued to fall from the sky as we did a loop through West Sand. The night was quiet and you could hear the snow compressing under your bike tires. Some people laid some skids, and we reminisced how this was one of the best conditions for a full moon ride.

We eventually arrived at Mitzy's Lounge. There we found heat, a lot of it. It actually was kinda like a sauna, it must have been close to 85 degrees in there. As we all peeled off layers, we ordered drink to try and cool down. We took a nice group photo. We quickly got the feeling that the 2 young gals keeping the bar were not into staying anywhere past closing; they must have been anxious to head home to shovel snow. A few riders bid us a farewell for the evening, while the bulk of us decided to head out to Popsicle Bridge and do a long loop back to town to A&Ps. The conditions were even better as we left Mitzy's. We did a stroll through the CX course on Boyer and stopped at Popsicle Bridge. There a family of beavers put on a show, slapping their tails and doing laps along the bridge. There was a little snowball fight. Finally, we said goodbye to the beavers and made our way back to town.

A&Ps was a lot less hot. The drinks were just as good. We told more stories and wrapped up the evening. It was an amazing double full moon ride, and set the bar high for the rest of the year.

For visuals, click HERE.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 87

Here we come 2019...

When: Tue, Jan 22nd @ 7pm
Where: Eichardt's
Theme: Celebration of Life (or Bike)

Well, we made it another year. This winter has been rather mild down here in town compared to last year. Hence, our rides have been much less challenging.

Our next ride happens to fall on 2 major holidays: National Answer Your Cat's Question Day and National Celebration of Life Day. Now, cats are evil. Even if they were able to pose you a question, they would have little interest in your answer. While they're sitting there with their little fuzzy head half cocked and looking intently at you blabbing at them, they are secretly thinking of ways to torment you in the wee hours. We are not going to play into their fantasies.

So, on to the Nation Holiday, "Celebration of Life." This holiday is much like you think, and probably a little of what you don't. You can read about it HERE. Or I can summarize. First, make a list of good things in your life worth celebrating (ie: cool bikes, good friends, beer, living in Sandpoint, health, the fact you don't have a cat, etc.). Make it your ideal day, and well,  since your part of this bike club I'm guessing that means you like riding bikes, full moons, friends. Lastly, do things you enjoyed as a kid. Now from what I've seen before, this will not be hard for some of you, myself included. But, you know, cut loose a bit.

If you wanna dress up, wear something that makes you happy. Otherwise, just show up with the above in mind. See ya there!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Full Moon Fiasco 86 in Review

We wrapped up this year with our annual Festivus ride. Some 50+ riders rolled into Eich's, many donning holiday attire. There were many ugly holiday sweaters, some Santa garb, some elves and some outfits I really don't know what they were. Jeff must have been feeling all sentimental cause he bought all us full moon riders a round at Eich's before we headed out.

A few words on Eich's -- we have started all our rides there since the very beginning. I really cannot imagine doing it anywhere else. The location is great, it usually has enough room to accommodate our group, and well, Eich's really is a pub with personality and uniquely Sandpoint. So, it is a lot like this little bike club. And Jeff and the staff do an amazing job of accommodating us once a month, which is not always an easy task when it means a large group of riders compounding an already busy venue. Lastly, there is a fair amount of red tape, paperwork, logistics, planning, fees and organizing that goes into making these rides happen. Jeff shoulders a fair amount of those responsibilities. So, continue to frequent Eich's and maybe tell them you appreciate all their support.

Back to the last ride, it was a beautiful evening as we made a stroll through West Sand. We eventually landed at Connie's for the evening. There we found out FBC Sandpoint festivus tree sitting by the fireplace. Everyone placed their finely wrapped presents around the pole for our gift exchange. We drank holiday cheer, played tunes on the jute box, made some new friends and eventually opened gifts. It was a spirited night. Many thanks to the staff at Connie's: Lindsay, Kim and Candy. And thanks to the FBC Sandpoint elves who helped pass out gifts: Jane, Bryn and Melissa.

As far as I remember, no one had to much cheer and made a fool of themselves...again as far as I remember...

For visuals, click HERE.