I’m still recovering from last weekend. From August 7th to the 11th the Mosquito Fleet hosted out-of-towners from all over and as far away as New York and Cincinnati for the 6th annual Blood Drive Moped Rally. I was on the planning committee and doing a lot of the logistical stuff but even so, it was quite a fun (and exhausting) weekend.
Thursday night started out with a fire at Laurelhurst Fire Pit. I had never been to this firepit before, even though the Mosquito Fleet frequents it, and I was impressed. A city park with a fire pit that’s open to 11pm? You don’t find them everywhere.
After 11 we headed to what everyone referred to as “secret bar” in Wallingford. Anticipating the busy day ahead, we didn’t stay that late.
Friday morning a group of us woke up early and made a logistical run for Saturday morning. The logistical run took us most of the day and upon our return most everyone had made it to town. From 4-6pm we met at Seattle Mopeds.
From there a long ride highlighting Seattle took place ending at the Marco Polo Bar in Georgetown. I didn’t have the opportunity to go on the ride (but really, I live here, I can go anytime) but I did get the opportunity to spend a little extra time at the MArco Polo. I have to say its on of my favorite bars in Seattle. Its a very humble bar, with good food and good service and such an eclectic mix of people. I think it was only 8pm when the first drunk redneck was thrown out all while screaming, “whooo hooo, I’m getting thrown out of the Marco Polo.”
From the Marco Polo the ride headed over to a warehouse party at the Cretin’s Warehouse. Again, running logistics, I got stopped behind a train along with about 20 mopeders for what seemed like forever. We did our best to make the side of the road a party.
The warehouse party was great. Everyone seemed to have a good time. There was a DJ and dancing. Surprisingly, the party wore down quite early as I think the day ahead played in the back of everyone’s mind.
So Saturday morning was an early morning. We all had a busy day ahead. We all met at Linda’s Tavern in Capital Hill for breakfast at around 10am.
After a delicious breakfast, it was time for the big ride – 85 miles- from Seattle to Camano Island. Sadly, I was not on the ride although I was able to go on the ride previously in a car while planning for the event. I was at Costco buying hamburgers instead. But pictures from the ride speak for themselves….
About halfway through the ride we had a planned stop at Harborview Park near Everett. This park is gorgeous perched over the sound. When the mopeds arrived they were greeted with ice cold Vitamin Water or Vitamin Energy and a variety of treats all marked “Mosquito Bite.” I heard this was a big hit.
Arriving at the campsite about 5 hours later the mopeders were hungry and greeted with a full BBQ. We had a private campsite with a giant circus tent. The night carried on with karaoke, DJ Danny White, a fire and other campsite shenanigans.
In the morning we had a breakfast burrito bar to feed everyone before the long ride back.
Upon arrival back in Seattle we purposely scheduled some down-time for people to freshen up and nap. I had the Creatures from San Francisco staying at my house. I am very fond of the Creatures and they are amazing house guests.
After some down time we headed to King’s Hardware in Ballard to end the night. Since it was Sunday evening some people with long drives had to head out early. At King’s we voted on who had the best crash of the weekend, who was the most snuggly, etc. King’s was nice enough to give us happy hour prices and I noticed quite a few people tried their bloody mary’s.
Monday, the official last day of Blood Drive lead to breakfast at Salmon Bay Cafe in Ballard (as always, DISGUSTING) followed by a pool party at Joel’s house.
The day concluded with the same thing we do every Monday: Moped Monday. If you have a moped (of the pedal variety) you should join us at the Mars Bar around 8pm on Mondays. We usually meet then ride someplace. This week we rode to a spot under a bridge.
Some of my favorite parts of making the weekend happen included stenciling Matt’s truck which served as the support vehicle for the weekend picking up broken mopeds and making rally packs that were full of all kinds of goodies.
We were also mentioned in two of my favorite local blogs! MyBallard.com and Phinneywood.com!
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