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Hacker bike ride

  • 2nd Aug, 2006 at 1:58 PM


Tall bike
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

What do you do with a sunny, summery Sunday in Ottawa? Biking and barbequing, of course.

It's traditional to hold the Hacker Bike Ride right after the Ottawa Linux Symposium. The local cycling enthusiasts are, by and large, also pretty geeky so many of them join in on this event. We gathered in the park across from the conference centre. People were milling about, so I had time to rent a bicycle, and soon we were off.

This year, I chose to take the long route with everyone else. Richard, on his tall bike, led the way through the streets of Ottawa and on to the bike paths. We went over some very scenic hills, had two people fall off their bikes, and enjoyed ourselves immensely.


OCLUG
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

I spent a lot of time riding quite dangerously, with camera in hand. The most challenging pictures were those taken over the shoulder, as I had to do that blind. A couple of them seemed to turn out. In the process of photographing things, I managed to get my wheels stuck in a rut. It sounded like someone falling over, which caused a few people to look around, but I managed to stay in control. This surprised me, as I haven't ridden a bike in about a year.

We finished one leg of our ride in Vincent Massey Park, where the local LUG was holding their annual picnic. I grabbed a hamburger, sat down on a blanket, and inhaled it. There's nothing like hot food after a good bike ride.

After lunch, we did a bit of exploring. That's how we found a cicada hiding under a picnic table. Then ostraya did nothing to prevent the penguin from viciously attacking me.


Terri blows bubbles
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

There were more silly antics, including penguins on heads and bubble-blowing. But then it was time to pack up and leave. We helped the organizers stow the picnic things away before riding off to Hogs Back Falls. I climbed around on the slick rocks while other people ate their ice cream. We crossed the bridge and then we rode alongside the canal on our way back.

This allowed me to see the canoe innovation of brilliance. A canoe with a hitch up front and bicycle wheels mounted on back. I waved to these people and told them they were geniuses. I think they might have thought me a tad weird.

By the time we reached the park, it was starting to get late. I returned my bike and said goodbye to people, which was good because I had postcards to send. There's nothing like sending postcards hours before you leave a city.


Comments

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scjody
2nd Aug, 2006 18:43 (UTC)
bah, this is how it's done:

Also (Fitzroy Harbour to Trailhead Ottawa)

scjody
2nd Aug, 2006 18:45 (UTC)
Re: bah, this is how it's done:
wow, I've had those shorts for 3 years? No wonder they're worn out.
sfllaw
2nd Aug, 2006 18:45 (UTC)
Re: bah, this is how it's done:
If I could afford a Greenspeed Tandem, I'd totally do that. And you'd be welcome to come along.

Until then, I'll be saving pennies for a GT5.
scjody
2nd Aug, 2006 19:01 (UTC)
Re: bah, this is how it's done:
Yeah, there's the rub.

You're seriously saving for a GT5? Excellent if so.. lack of a towing vehicle is our main impediment to having an organ trailer in Montreal (lack of a welder and lack of yard space for welding being minor inconveniences :)
sfllaw
2nd Aug, 2006 19:03 (UTC)
Re: bah, this is how it's done:
Yes. We'll see if I can afford one next summer.
mynatt
2nd Aug, 2006 19:46 (UTC)
That is an impressive canoe. I really liked this guy's approach, too. (He loaned me the couch bike once. Really nice guy.)
sfllaw
2nd Aug, 2006 19:49 (UTC)
Man, I want to ride the couch bike someday. You'll have to introduce me.
scjody
2nd Aug, 2006 21:06 (UTC)
Yeah, the couch bike is seriously comfortable.

The couch bike guy (sorry, his name escapes me - Glenn?) lives in Waterloo, but came up to Ottawa once for a parade. We were mutually impressed with each others' creations :)
mynatt
2nd Aug, 2006 21:07 (UTC)
He lives in Waterloo, and his vast collection of eccentric bicycles is almost all available for rent. You could organize a party with your friends there :)
sfllaw
2nd Aug, 2006 21:52 (UTC)
That sounds like a wicked idea.
makemyway
2nd Aug, 2006 20:12 (UTC)
Simon never stops moving :) Good for you, I am reassured I will see you in Japan.
sfllaw
2nd Aug, 2006 22:25 (UTC)
Sometimes, you're just pulled along by the current in life.
princessleia2
3rd Aug, 2006 16:19 (UTC)
What a great turnout for a LUG picnic! Our LUG in Philadelphia used to have picnics each summer, the last one coincided with Debian's 10 year anniversary and was a total flop %\
sfllaw
3rd Aug, 2006 17:53 (UTC)
Ottawans seem to be a participatory bunch. They've got a lot of groups with a lot of attendees.

Whereas Montréal is a bit disappointing. But perhaps we shall revive some user group, somehow.
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