Monday, November 18, 2013

Around Town: Sunday Pink Encounter with the Susan G Komen San Diego 3-Day

So, a few friends and I went on our usual Sunday morning casual bike ride yesterday to Cabrillo National Monument. It was quite neat! Three of us had our Cabrillo Park Annual Pass with us, and so all 9 riders got in for free (if you plan to visit Cabrillo National Park more than 3 times in the next year, you should consider getting the pass. It's only $15 and allows you to bring 3 other guests with you into the park as many times as you'd like for 12 months. Just ask the ranger at the park entrance kiosk).
Two of my riding buddies at the bottom of Cabrillo tidepool hill.
A few of us gluttons for punishment went down to the tidepool and then back up, while the rest went and hung out at the visitor center. It was quite a gorgeous day to be outside! Of course, Cabrillo Park is gorgeous in just about any sort of weather, but some days are more photography-friendly than others...
Cabrillo National Monument, with Coronado Isl and Mt San Miguel in background.
We were making our way back along Ocean Beach Bike Path to the uptown mesa where we started when we popped up from the W Mission Bay Dr/Midway Dr underpass to find ourselves staring at a pink wall.

It was the generous folks walking the San Diego 3-Day event to help the Susan G Komen Foundation raise fund to find the cure for breast cancer. We were rather trapped! We had taken OBBP on our way out and didn't notice any sign about the event, and there was no surface road nearby to easily detour to (we didn't realize that the group was so big, else I might have suggested turning back to take W Mission Bay Dr bridge to the north side of the river instead). Our group leader decided to try to pass through the crowd, though, so we started tapping our bells and calling to the walkers that we were passing on their left side.

It worked pretty well, and the walkers were very friendly and accommodating. A few even yelled out for the people ahead of them to scoot right to let the 'bikers' pass. Of course, some of us weren't as patient and got a bit snazzy with the 'ON YOUR LEFT!' yelling, but hopefully the rest of the group was gentle and patient enough that we didn't leave too bad an impression.

I'm telling ya. Pink is the new black!!!
Hey, there were even bicycle cops there riding with the crowd and docked up in the coolest shade of pink! I like cops... especially when they're on bicycles! Never mind the 'us vs them' mentality that like to paint cops against cyclists or anybody else. Cops are people just like us... and just as I don't like to get lumped in with the inconsiderate light/stop-sign running idiot bikers, I'm sure good cops also don't like always being lumped in with their worst minority in just about every conversation. I sure would love to see more cops on bike on the road... especially the ones with the 'We♥You' license plate on their bike!


Drew80 said...

Smorg, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Did you attend the Pizzetti opera earlier this year? You mentioned it, but you didn’t say whether you had attended a performance.

I’ve never heard “Murder In The Cathedral” and I would like to hear it one day. It must have merit, because Karajan conducted the opera in Vienna—and Karajan never touched something he disliked.

Did the Pizzetti go over well with San Diego audiences? It was hard to tell from the reviews.

I would be very keen to hear anything you have to say.

And, once again, Happy Thanksgiving!

Smorg said...

Hi Drew,

Thank you! And Happy Thanksgiving to you & Josh, too!

I did go to a performance of Murder in the Cathedral indeed. It was quite good. That Furlanetto was our Beckett sure didn't hurt either. :o) I don't know why it isn't performed more. The audience here loved it.