Most people are at the afterparty right now but I wussed out. It was my first WNBR Chicago and I was impressed with the ride as a whole. I stayed back as one of the (fully clothed- sorry!) sweepers and went ahead as a lookout at the gallery area.
I think most bikers were very well behaved and I only had to deal with one hammer-head motorist. He got out of his car and was ready to start a fight because he "wanted to go home". All this as his wife/girlfriend was literally trying to drag him back in the car by his arm while screamingly pleading with him. Hey, sweetie, you seemed nice and rational and if you're looking for a real man, I'm available.
Anyway, I did not see any groping issues from onlookers. What was cool was when I arrived at the gallery area about 20 minutes before the mass to check the area out, there was so much anticipation and excitement. I was asked a million questions by the people waiting. They were definitely ready for a show and were excited to hear that the mass was large and on the way.
Kudos, by the way, to those who fully participated. You all looked great and helped send a great message. The only suggestion I would have for improvement would be to save the partying for after the mass. A lot of the stragglers we got at the back of the mass were wasted or otherwise chemically impaired. Nice job also to Gabe for running a tight security crew. Good job WNBR Chicago. I hope others had equally positive experiences.
Oh, and about the funniest thing for me was overhearing the biker in Oz Park who randomly ended up next to the guy guy he bought a scone from at Trader Joe's earlier in the day. It was hilarious how you proceeded to tell him how disappointed you were with it and he told you-you should have returned it. Maybe it was just made funnier by the fact that you were both naked. That was funny. You guys rock.
I was glad I was able to catch up and that the weather held out. After a little bit of phone tag, I caught up with the ride (with a few other stragglers) at Lincoln/Wells and from that point on, had a blast. for the most part, everyone was in great spirits and I'm glad I could finally make it this year. I even got run into someone who I haven't seen for about six years.
A for me highlight was hearing a woman who was loading her stroller in the back of her car say to her friend: "This is why I miss Chicago. I'm moving back!"
And special props to the dude who got a flat, but his clothes were with someone else, so he ran with his bike from Lincoln Park all the way to the end.
I saw him too. He was at the back of the ride by me after he got his flat. The guy was awesome! Needless to say, he became an instant hit with the crowd. I heard a bevy of "Run Forrest! Run!" comments from the crowds. Pff... I felt bad because there was nothing I could do for him, except give him my clothes, I guess, which would have solved one problem and created yet another. What was great is that he eventually caught up to his friend that had his clothes but instead of putting clothes on, he changed spots with his buddy. He was now riding his friend’s bike naked and his friend was running naked with the bike with the flat. Those two were the epitome of the spirit of the ride.
I was starting to feel a bit sick so I whimped out and went home. Aside from a few pervs, I had a GREAT time. Security was MUCH appreciated! Loved the lawyers on bikes too!
Some crazy lady threw a huge doggy bag of takeout containers screaming "are you hungry?!" at one of my girlfriends. More funny than annoying, really.
I had a blast even thought my nips were icecubes last night!