Your scribe failed roll call today. Arthur Gash and co-hare Eff Me said they were going to recruit new bashers, and they came through. In addition to the usual suspects … Wankers Aweigh, Subatomic Equipment, Loose Nut, Deep Dish, 3IY, Flying Booger & Pick’n'Flick, and Stella … five jHavelina hashers turned out, and the only name I remember is Just Bret. I’ll do better next time, no0bs, but in the meantime, welcome to the Pedalfiles Bicycle Hash House Harriers.
Gash and Eff Me took off at 10:15 on a warm morning from the west side of Children’s Memorial Park, near Oracle & River. The pack followed 20 minutes later. I got separated from the other bashers early and spent the next hour looping through the trailer parks and industrial zones of Flowing Wells, mostly on trail but quite often not. It wound up looking like this:
That’s 16 miles, most of it ridden in temperatures at or near 100°F, searching for minuscule traces of flour, and oh, yes, there was a strong southerly wind to boot, the kind that feels like riding into the open door of a blast furnace. I was the last one into the beer check, which was at Reilly’s Irish Pub on La Cholla (an old Pedalfiles hang but one we haven’t visited for a long time).
Trail from Reilly’s back to the start was mercifully short: a quick jaunt down the bike path alongside the Rillito River (for non-Arizonans, visualize a river of sand, not water) to Children’s Memorial Park. On-afters were at BJ’s Brew Pub on Oracle & Wetmore, not far from the start. Not everyone could stay for adult beverages and food, but most of us went, and we were joined by Eff Me’s sister and her son. Jury’s still out on what they think of this whole hashing thing.
When I compared my cell phone map of the trail with that of Eff Me’s, they were amazingly different. Actual trail was closer to ten miles and a hell of a lot simpler than the loopy thing I rode. That’ll teach me to get separated from the pack. Wait, I already learned that lesson. Like 28 years ago.
Next month’s Pedalfiles bash will be Sunday, June 19. Flying Booger is the hare, and the start will be in the parking lot of Hi Corbett Field, 700 S Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ 85711. Since summertime temperatures will be fully here by then, start time will be 9 AM. As always, there’s no fee to participate in a Pedalfiles bash … just bring a bike and some money for beer checks and on-afters. Here’s a map to next month’s start:
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