In the last few years the Dec. MMR has had 12-25 people. Expecting low turnout due to it raining all day, and COVID-19 raging.
An adventure in December always, tonight we meet under the east side of the Hawthorne bridge near the drinking fountains and fire department facility. Bring lots of lights and music for this utterly moist outside ride. Overdress or shiver!
If you’ve had contagious illness symptoms of any kind whatsoever in the last 48 hrs, please respectfully skip this ride. COVID-19 is a serious threat in Portland, especially tonight. All riders need to acknowledge this and assume that every other rider around them does NOT want to be exposed to any form of germ transmission FROM you.
To do this:
* Give plenty of space on the road in all directions to other riders, especially in front of you.
* Bring a mask or get one from the ride leader, there will be plenty available.
* Keep your mask on while you’re riding, while you’re talking, and while you have anyone in your 6′ bubble
* Never cough or sneeze or blow snot into the air that other people will be riding through. Cover that shit up, and then don’t touch anybody.
* BYOB and CUP, snacks.
The rain should stop just in time for the ride. Thank you for accepting these insane circumstances, and for looking after the health of your community members.
Meet at the fountain at the Peninsula Park Rose Garden (700 N Rosa Parks Way).
Wear a mask. Keep at least 6 feet from fellow lovers of midnight. Respect each other. If you see someone wearing a mask, don your mask before approaching. If you must take your mask off at the start and end locations to sip your beverages, keep your distance from your friends.
Last month we had new riders join us explicitly because they heard we were going to require masks. Don’t disappoint the newbies. Make MMR a safe space for all.
At midnight, we ride.
MMR has entered Phase One of reopening with precautions in place to protect the community from Covid-19.
Meet at the west end of Laurelhurst Park by the hammock-friendly birch trees. Bring your hammock, masks and whatever layers you need.
Our ride leader respectfully requests that you wear your mask and keep your distance while socializing. There will not be a store stop or centralized bonfire at the end, but this birthday leader promises to make this a fun night!
Bring your binoculars if you want to see a Pre Birthday Omen Comet.
Man. We missed posting on the blog this month because we’ve been so disoriented, which is funny, if you consider that the theme for yesterday was DAZED AND CONFUSED.
Shout out to Tink and the Civil Unrest Bicycle Club for carrying the torch and coming up with an idea for people to get out and ride, separately, but together. Here’s what she posted:
The theme this JUNE for MMR is Dazed and Confused. Since a group ride is being discouraged, we are still able to ride as individuals. Start point is a bar close to you, and we roll dice to see how many minutes we ride, and which direction we travel. (Example: Odd numbers are left, even numbers are right, if both the dice are the same number like 4 and 4, we go forward. Rolling 8 would be go right and ride for 8 minutes. Roll the dice again, 11 would be go left for 11 minutes. Our goal is to be within 1 mile of a water tower for the end spot, or a water fountain, or the river. If you get close to a park, in between make sure to stop for a few minutes. Have a drink, stop for a smoke, or howl at the moon. At midnight, we blast 70’s rock. Dress in 70’s clothes as to keep with the theme of the movie, or streak in the street to protest big oil (City of Portland only). This is a night of fun, and watch out for the Fuzz because they will surely kill your buzz!
7 instructions given every 7 minutes from 11:53pm on. Instructions will direct riders to ride or do a task “Simon says” style. RSVP on Facebook or reply to the email Maria sent to the Shift List to receive instructions. #midnightmysteryride
The Midnight Mystery Ride has ridden every 2nd Friday of the month for 18 years in Portland, Oregon. We rode the night we found out a dear friend of the community passed away, during Snowpocolypse one year, when the city was covered in a sheet of ice another, and even when our leader had a concussion… This month we made the decision for the first time ever not to gather and ride en masse, due to our concerns around Covid-19. It was important for us that our community stay safe and keep a distance from each other, and we couldn’t imagine a group ride that would be able to maintain an appropriate degree of precaution this month.
But, we lovers of midnight know the power of riding at night, and realize that the streets are the BEST for biking when the cars are sleeping… so we decided to head off on individual bike rides, filming our experience, and collecting the videos to piece together to share.
We found a way to come together even when we had to keep distance.
Please enjoy this video showing several rides across the metro region, overlaid with a song made by Mark when he got home at dawn, and edited together by Jef.
Thank you all for finding ways to celebrate bike fun all year long, no matter what.