2009-05-28
No, this isn't about GNU/Linux, or code. This is about physical community and a bit of digital community, more specifically this is a slice of Petaluma ( or at least a taste of a slice ). Today was the second of thirteen "slow ride" bicycle rides organized by Sonoma Bicycle Company with support from New Belgium Brewing. OK, that's enough of me being a shill.

The ride consisted of about 20 people aged 5 to 55, starting from the bike shop, meandering for 4.21 miles through the west side of Petaluma and finally ending at a local sports bar/restaurant(not my favorite thing, so I just went home afterwords.) All in all, it was a nice ride and great way to meet new people with similar interests to my own; there was quite a bit of homebrewing talk during the ride.

My only regret was not taking my GPS tracker with me to help map Petaluma for the Open Streetmap project. Having ridden through various parts of Petaluma with an active GPS tracker, I know just how much the Petaluma map data needs to be updated. Luckily, there are 11 more rides yet to come and I hope to take part in as many as possible; and it is quite a bit more fun than the cow-chip tossing competition that I entered during the Butter and Eggs day parade.
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