Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tour Delight

For the most part, I maintain a quiet love for Knoxville, but every so often that love grows more exuberant. Last night was one of those times; I attended the "Tour de Lights" neighborhood bike ride hosted by Knoxville Regional Bicycle Program.

I'm not positive how many cyclists showed up, but it had to have been at least 200. Man, woman, child were decked out in Christmas attire, their bikes adorned in lights and tinsel.

The route started in Krutch Park, weaved through downtown to North Knoxville, and back again. Police stopped all vehicular traffic as we rode though intersections. People came out of their homes or stopped on sidewalks to wave and shout, "Merry Christmas!" which we gladly shouted back. It's probably the closest I'll ever feel to being like George Bailey running through the streets of Bedford Falls.

To top off the experience, there, waiting for us at the finish line, was hot chocolate and cookies. All of it made me quite happy to be a Knoxvillian, to be a part of what's going on downtown, and to know that there are many (crazy) people who feel the same way.

If you're interested in knowing when the next ride is, might I suggest befriending the Knoxville Regional Bicycle Program on Facebook. Otherwise, check out their website.


max said...

i saw you guys last night! looks like it was fun. there were a ton of you for sure.

The Modern Gal said...

Once I figure out how to adorn my bike in lights, I'm going to keep it adorned in lights year-round.

Katie Ries said...

The costumes and decorations were stepped up a notch from last year. Witness this clever man:

Anonymous said...

I was going to do this with my friend but we were both under the weather. I am kind of glad I did not do it...because my bike decorations would have been pathetic compared to what was there. Looked so awesome!

B said...

that is a clever, clever man!