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!
Did you get out and ride? Where did you end up?
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.
TONIGHT – It’s CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE night. Ride wherever you think tonight’s ride SHOULD have gone OR, if you’re not creative like that… stick a coin in your pocket and bike in one direction for 3 blocks, stop, flip the coin. Heads turn, right. Tails, left. If you hit a dead end, flip the coin again.
MOST IMPORTANTLY — Take 1-3 minutes of footage of your Midnight Mystery Ride tonight and email them to email@example.com. We’ll pass them on to Jef who has generously volunteered himself to edit a video short for us to share.
AT MIDNIGHT, WE RIDE!
Tonight we’re meeting at the Jolly Roger at John’s Landing (5627 SW Kelly Ave, Portland, OR 97239).
Be kind to your leader.
No unnecessary making out with each other.
(Jason) masks encouraged.
At midnight, we ride!
Happy Mini Bike Winter!
Tonight’s Midnight Mystery Ride departs from the Ranger Station (4260 SE Hawthorne Blvd.) and will be mini bike friendly. There is covered seating outside and great food and drink inside.
At midnight, we ride.
Well… we didn’t make the poster, but the next MMR isn’t just on VALENTINES DAY — it’s also on the first day of Mini Bike Winter! Get your sleep now, because it’s going to be a wild weekend…
See you all TONIGHT at Dot’s Cafe (2521 SE Clinton St.).
Interested in leading a 2020 MMR? We’ve got all months except for DECEMBER officially covered.
If you’d like to claim this month, please email us now! Until we get your message at midnightmysteryridePDX@gmail.com, December is “up for grabs” by anyone…
HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13th!
See you all at the Local Lounge (3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd) this evening, where we’ll be inside having a pint, waiting to roll at midnight.