Amerivespa happened over the weekend. The weather in Lake Geneva, Wisc. looked great, there were 660 scooters in the parade (the Guinness World Record remains unbroken at 860), and Amerivespa 2013 will take place in San Diego, date TBA.
Closer to home, Bellingham’s 2UP SC held its first rally.
The Radioactive Raid kicked off Friday with bowling, though the start time ended up being pushed back due to a private party that was still in progress at the scheduled start time. We had pizza and brews at the Up & Up while we were waiting.
Saturday began with breakfast at Avenue Bread, or wherever. The group left for a ride to Mount Baker at 11:00 am.
The group couldn’t have asked for better weather for the trip to Mount Baker. The plan was go up the highway until they reached snow (the very end of WA 542, the Artist Point parking area, hasn’t been clear of snow for two years).
They got as far as Heather Meadows. Which, as it turned out, offered a great view of an approaching storm front. Hail, sleet, wind, tree branches falling on the road (a tree fell, too), it was an eventful journey back to town and the Lightcatcher at the Whatcom Museum.
It was too rainy for the scheduled show & shine, so we availed ourselves of food and drink at Cheese Meat(s) Beer, the museum’s café. The Stinky Cheese Plate is pictured above. From there, it was a short ride to Casa de Dan the Sailor Man for eats and libations into the wee hours.
Sunday morning saw the group meetup at downtown Bellingham’s Rocket Donuts. I don’t think anyone went for the monster donut pictured above. They do a rather good bacon maple bar.
The weather that morning was much better than had been forecast. As many as 20 bikes were in the group during the weekend; some came from Canada, some from Seattle.
The group left Rocket Donuts on a last ride, which for some concluded at the Bellingham United FC match at Civic Stadium.
The Hammers were playing the Vancouver Thunderbirds, the top team in the Pacific Coast Soccer League. The T-Birds went into the match undefeated.
It was a hard-fought contest, the Hammers taking a 1-0 victory in front of one of the larger crowds at Civic Stadium this season. Not sure if it was the stakes involved or the free foam hammers for the first 150 through the gate.
All told, it was a successful first effort for the 2UP SC; they even made a $50 profit! The return trip from Mount Baker was dubbed the “Donner Party” after the stormy crossing through the Sierra Nevada, though no cannibalism took place. They’re going to do it again next year. See you there!