Sunday, April 3, 2011
Portlandia is alive and well!!
These pictures tell an amazing story. First off, the dash of our sweet ass VW wagon is quite clean. That is not the main story here though. We loaded up yesterday and rolled out of the driveway, headed east to Target. As we got a few blocks down the road, I saw the specimen in the pics sitting at a light. I immediately turned around, headed southwest, and began a 10 minute chase of the "bike" above, which is more difficult than you would imagine. My family wasn't quite as into this adventure as I was- the bride was eager to get to Target to get new socks, and the boy was anticipating dropping $20 from a gift card in the toy section. Only Lui seemed to be on board. Two hippies facing opposite direction and pedaling while laying down is not the most efficient means of travel. I knew they would be headed south/southwest, as this would return them to their hippy hive in Portland. A tandem recumbent is range-bound by its inherent inefficiency and lack of reason for existence, so I knew they would be slowing down.
After finally catching them, I attempted to snap a few photos discretely. This turned into a more brazen frontal attack when I couldn't get the angle I was seeking. Now for the description. What you are seeing is a modified tandem recumbent bike with a trailer behind it. You can tell it is full of dirty hippies because any other recumbent would have a fifty year old cat lover with a beard and helmet mirrors strapped into the cockpit. So, you have rider #1 laying feet forward, rider #2 facing the rear, and some serious pedaling going on. And what else could possibly be in the basket except another bike? Maybe a little patchouli and a wizard bong, but otherwise it has to be a bike being towed by a bike. For those of you that have seen "Portlandia" on IFC, it isn't even really that satirical. These characters all exist.