Here's a link to a few photos and mostly thoughts about riding in Bellingham's Naked Bike Ride for another year, 2018.
Below is text from one of the images that I set to "adult" in Flickr just to be on the safe side. You can see the text here if you haven't set your Flickr for adult. Other photos, in that tag, are safe and on open web, including one of me partially clothed. Even the "adult" one is taken from a distance, so not that risque. This year's display, on my gallery, is more about the commentary.
Dance party after 2018 ride
Taking part in the ride and the dance was wonderful. The feel of the energy, music and the friendliness of the people.
The staging area has been in photo zones during recent years so I keep my camera in my pannier not being one who rocks the boat. Along the South Bay Trail was a different matter. This is the one photo I got as I also didn't fumble with my camera while riding. Hard to capture the energy in just images anyway.
It's always sort of like a Shangri la aside from mainstream society. A bit like drinking from a fountain of youth tho folks from all ages, including my own, nearing retirement, were there. Most of the crowd was skewed toward the 20 somethings, but it seemed like people were mingling beyond those arbitrary boundaries. Soon after I arrived at the painting party before the ride, a young woman offered to paint me.
Weather was a bit cooler than last year so the gathering of riders and onlookers was slightly smaller. I think they counted 315 riders this year and more like 385 last year. Still enough.
The cool breeze added to my Shangri la feeling of the dance. Dancing generates heat and the breeze was refreshing. Air was flowing up from a wooded area across the South Bay Trail from the HUB Bike Shop where folks were gathered.
Some of the dancers were on top of a metal shipping container, up above the rest of the party.