Saturday, June 12, 2010

Star Wars vs. Star Trek Ride

It is Pedalpalooza time here in Portland, which means two weeks of a variety of bikey fun. Saturday evening I got in touch with my inner geek and took part in the Star War vs. Star Trek Ride. Costumes ranged all over the Star Trek/Star Wars universe, from Captain Kirk's green skinned love interest to Darth Vader.

One of the most popular character was Princess Leia, with multiple variations of Carrie Fisher's character present.

We also had several expendable Star Trek redshirts present.

Interestingly enough, Jar-Jar Brinks and Jabba the Hut did not make an appearance for this bike ride.

I kept my costume simple by attaching two Tie Fighter wings to my bicycle helmet. I was a little nervous about the wind blowing my wings off, but even as we encountered light wind crossing the Burnside Bridge my costume stayed intact.

The atmosphere was festive as we assembled and then biked around town. A couple of people had sound systems rigged up that and were playing music from both Star Trek and Star Wars. As we biked through town people cheered. With the warm weather it was a stellar evening, so much excitement and celebration. Stops included Movie Madness and the Hawthorne Food Carts. The ride ended at Portland Rock Gym to watch the showing of Pee-wee's Big Adventure.

In addition to my photos, photos are posted at the Tiny Heros and Just One New Thing blogs. Noteterminal had some good photos on his photostream as well. And be sure to check out the video on YouTube, you might recognize yours truly pushing his bike around.

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