November 1 in Mexican culture is the day to celebrate Day of the Dead, on which to commemorate those who have passed in the prior year. Today, "412 Flock", the unifying group for Pittsburgh cycling community, at the urging of Lucia, who was born in Mexico, held a Dio de Muertos Ride.
Sadly or ironically, all our rides now start directly across Forbes
Avenue from the new memorial ghost bike for Susan Hicks, Ph.D., who lost
her life just over a week ago through no fault of her own while waiting
for a light to change at Forbes and Bellefield, mere feet away from
Dippy the dinosaur.
I rode the 11 miles, almost identically to last Saturday's ride. This
ride started on the west side of the same building Ms. Hicks's vigil was
held at, only that was on its north side.
Our ride was fairly small, maybe 20 riders, but only 17 bikes. Ben
brought all three daughters on his family train bike: a tandem plus a
whateveryoucallit plus a trailer. His eldest now has enough size to her
to be able to actually help.
The ride would have been seven miles but I peeled off before the end to
stop for coffee. I splurged, getting a big piece of Black Widow cake,
which seemed appropriate, plus a pumpkin latté. I like pumpkin
everything, not just in autumn. The place was another Crazy Mocha, same
chain as my first coffeeneuring adventure, but a different shop. This
one is in the Bloomfield neighborhood, at Liberty Ave and Taylor Street.
My total miles today will likely be a bit over 20: 11 to get there,
about five on the ride, three to get Downtown, then a mile and a half
from the bus I will catch.
Being also now November, I am again going to try to write a blog post
daily, for NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month. I have plenty I
could write about, if I could just park my butt in a chair, write it and
post it. That said, this is now mainly written -- in Notes on an
iPhone, no less -- so I need to follow through and get it published.