On the plus side, I didn't cramp up. Last year, my downfall was doing a 10 mile bike ride before the main event. While I went full frontal last year, I opted for having silk boxers and a floppy hat. While there was reports of people getting offended when some of the bikers shouted out "join us and go naked" but the only thing I saw was some girl covering her eyes and looking downward on her bike as everybody passed on by. Like last year, the meeting place was the UW parking lot and the staging place the co operate house near the hotel that I stayed at. Elijan, who was one of the folks living there said that anybody can live there for 515 dollars a month. You get room and board, all things paid, and it's like living in a commute. If I was younger I would considered moving there.
Once again plenty of road construction everywhere and the road that had The Graduate Hotel was tore up. For 183 dollars a night, I decided to park the car there. There's not too many parking spots down in the basement and I didn't care about parking a block away. I think I stayed at the same room last year, room 202. But any hotel in downtown Madison is going to pricey, but The Graduate is two blocks from the staging area. Perfect place to hang out.
I have to say that giving up TV has been the best thing for me. I tried my best to watch something but ended up watching old Gomer Pyle reruns and Turner Classic Movies. The Big Pharma monopoly of drug commercials is epidemic, 8 out of 10 spots were drug related, for your pets and for your limp dick. I never thought I've seen TV go this far down the shitter. You get tired of it, I know I do, thank the Cialis and Viagra stiff necks for forever keeping the TV off over here. Don't need it anymore.
Once the bike ride was done, I stayed around looking bored for about 15 minutes and then made my way back to the hotel, took a nap, then tried a Five Guys Cheeseburger (overrated), then rented a bike to do another 15 miles ride. The change chasers all over the place. I don't think I ever seen so many beggers on State Street shaking their cups and asking for spare change. Plenty of people sleeping on the side walks and in front of closed businesses And there was a few musicians playing for change as well, one woman was playing her violin for a good eight hours Saturday. That's dedication. But there was a great Chinese place upstairs across the street from a convenience store, and they were real Chinese food all the way down to the chopsticks at hand. For Saturday, I managed to do plenty of walking up and down State Street all the way to the hotel by Lake Monona to which a massive sinkhole started after all the heavy rain Friday Night. Of course on the Terrance, plenty of people getting married and taking plenty of photos, even had a couple dancing on M L King Street in front of the capitol and then somebody rented the Orpheum Theater for their own wedding reception. Good luck to them.
The way it goes.
Gas prices averaged 2.17 a gallon. Most of Verona road going out of Madison still had road construction but over all it wasn't that bad getting through it. On the west side of Madison, Copps closed their grocery store, so the only thing around was Big Lots and they didn't have shit either. They're becoming a disappointment.
So that's the WNBR Madison 2017 story in a nutshell. People riding nude and not much came from it. Nothing to see.
The Video. I appear at the 1:23 mark. I'm wearing the silk boxes as promised. ;)
Too bad you can't see it, it's been removed due to decency rules here :(
But I'm sure it's out on You Tube if you look hard enough.