It’s Memorial Day Weekend! What do you do for fun?

During the week, I ride serious. To and from work, errands, and around town as needed. I’m generally hauling some kind of cargo, and in the case of my work-bound commutes, I leave a bit early and take it easy so I’m not a mess when I show up for my shift. When the weekend hits, though, it’s time for some fun rides. I link to my personal blog a lot here, but you’ll get to see lots of photos and get a feel for what I like to do with my days off.

Very few things are as fun for me as heading out on an S24O Bicycle camping trip, either alone, or in a large group.

A few years ago, I gave Randonneuring a shot. Imagine a cross between a century ride and a self-supported bicycle tour, but with a clock ticking while you make your way to various checkpoints.  It’s actually pretty fun, but can make for a long day (or days) on the bicycle. My first experience was a 13 hour day where I covered 137 miles on a mountain bike with slicks. These rides start at 200km (125 miles or so) and can go to 1200 kilometers (about 750 miles) or even longer.

Another thing that seems to be popular among a few bicycle commuting bloggers I know: Night rides. When the weather’s nice (and sometimes even when it’s not), some of my Kansas City area friends participate in what we call the Dark-Side Rides: 30-50 mile suburban and rural road rides that start after sundown.

I have one of these Dark-Side Rides coming up this weekend. What are you doing for fun? Does it involve bikes?


  1. Ghost Rider May 28, 2010 5:04 am 

    I’d like to try some overnight bike camping…that looks fun. Also try to organize a night ride — we’ve had a couple of really short night rides (July 4th fireworks excursion, etc.), but nothing really extensive. Gotta get off my butt and organize something BIG, in Midnight Ridazz style.

    No, when I embark on a “fun” ride, I don the outfit of my lycra-clad alter ego and go for spirited training rides either by myself or with some bike club friends. Hopefully, we’ll be able to ride together on Sunday; it’s lonely without them!

  2. Geoff May 28, 2010 8:47 am 

    we often take the opportunity of a long weekend to head out to the NJ shore to visit family. this weekend i decided to try the trip out by bike. it is less than 20mi of riding, but will be my first interstate, multi-modal (bike/ferry/bike) trip. if all goes well i hope to make it a family ride next time with my wife and 2 kids (2.5 and 7).
    wish me luck!

  3. Iron_Man May 28, 2010 11:28 am 

    I’m hitting the dirt trails. I get enough time with the pavement throughout the week; I need some roots, rocks, boulders, trees, and good old fashioned mud.

  4. RL Policar May 28, 2010 1:57 pm 

    I’m mountain biking all weekend long.

  5. Raiyn May 29, 2010 2:27 am 

    Apparently this weekend I’m staying home sick with the local bug and drinking insane quantities of Powerade. :(

  6. Roger May 29, 2010 3:40 pm 

    Well, for one, you could actually remember soldiers who died for your freedom, and somehow incorporate your bicyling into that. maybe ride to a cemetary and lay a wreath or flowers, I am.
    Iraq War Vet.

  7. Raiyn May 30, 2010 3:30 pm 

    Yup I was right, only I’m not the only one down. My better half caught it worse than I did.

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