I have to admit, I’m a little spoiled here in the Bay Area. I live geographically in the middle, between two social bike clubs. Western Wheelers, usually starts rides in the Palo Alto/Los Altos area, while Almaden Cycle Touring Club (ACTC), usually starts rides in the San Jose/Milpitas area. However, there are times where rides are cross-listed.
Last week, I did a ride on Saturday with Western Wheelers, a ride we do almost every week .. Old La Honda, to West Alpine. It’s a nice ride, with good amount of climbing. However, there is one thing I notice about this particular group .. no picture taking. It’s not like it’s a rule, but I noticed no one took the initiative to try to take any pictures at all.
On Sunday, I did a ride with ACTC, and it was a good ride, with some climbing, that led from Lexington School (South of Los Gatos), then down to Corallitos, then up Eureka Canyon. Immediately, at the start, the picture taking begins. Every stop we made, there was some pictures to be taken. So immediately, I felt I had more fun on the ACTC ride.
This is not to say that Western Wheelers is anti-social … they are very social. But doing the whole picture taking thing, kicks up the fun meter to another level. It could be just the group of people I’m with, but it does make a bit of difference.