I stopped off at Hiawatha Cyclery World HQ last night for their big Second Anniversary celebration. The boys at HC pulled out all the stops and made a great event. I got to ride Karl's new Big Dummy and saw maybe the only Big Dummy being built up with a Rohloff hub. I ended up staying for nearly 3 hours because every time I would think about leaving somebody else I knew walked through the door. Folks I hadn't seen for months, and folks I see nearly every time I go to HC. I'm not a very outgoing person by nature, and I don't normally put myself into situations where I don't know anybody. I usually feel uncomfortable making conversation with strangers. I had second thoughts about going on my first Hiawatha Ride two years ago for those very reasons. But two years and several friends later, I'm glad I did.
I threw a couple of pictures up on my flickr page, but this video was my favorite from the evening.
Here's to the continued success of Hiawatha. Thanks for everything, gentlemen.
Date: February 22
Ride type/Bike: Commute/Triumph
February mileage: 179
Year to date mileage: 488