It was Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 14, 2015. It’s the time of the year to ditch your car, take your bike, and ride into work. Actually, it’s more of a routine for me, since I bike to work nearly every day.
This year, there was forecast of rain, and a possibility that it would dampen the morning commute. However, that did not materialize, and it was still a pleasant ride into work (although a bit cloudy). That did deter a bunch of people from riding in, as some of the volunteers did mention that the turnout was lower than in previous years, due to the threat of rain.
I decided I wanted to get as many free swag as I can possibly get. I planned it the night before, and my goal was 8 Energizer Stations. I made it to 6 of them. I followed the Energizer Station Map to determine my route, but two of them were not out there, nVidia and Marvell. Either they couldn’t make it, or I was looking on the wrong side of their building. I should have stopped by Oracle, as they had a big gourmet spread, but I had to be in the office by 8 am.
My first stop was Kaiser on Homestead, and I arrived there around 6:10 am, and much to my surprise, they were there, ready to serve me and greet me. Kudos for them to be out there that early, and they had a pretty nice spread too.
One of the stops was along the San Tomas Aquino Multi-Use Trail, which in previous years served smoothies. It was pretty funny, because they had a bike, on a trainer, and the drivetrain would also drive the blender. This year, the guy couldn’t find his pitcher, so no smoothies this year.
We actually had two stations that were very close to work. One was by Bloom Energy, who had a spot right outside of the Sheraton Hotel. The other was Yahoo, and the guy there recognized me from previous years. That was cool.
Hope you all had a great Bike to Work day. It didn’t rain on the ride home either (although I was in the office late enough, where I couldn’t attend the Ride Away From Work bash in San Jose).