The event was VERY artfully done,
and at many different points, hilarious! These guys are crazy!
A lot of really cool kinetic sculptures.
And I had a blast trying out their menagerie of freak bikes in the 'bike pit'. I think I managed to fall off of each and every one of them! (not hard at all to do!)
|If one doesn't work out for, just grab another.|
|It won't be long...|
|till you fall for another!|
|At long last, my nemesis, the golden and green cow, I'd been burning to get my clutches on..|
Mine, all MINE!!!..
|Gettin' Down and Dirty In Ye Old 'Bike Pit'|
|Outta My Way Sucka's!|
The climax of my day however, was the band "He's My Brother, She's My Sister"(somewhat improbably, but forgiveably (in this case) from LA)
I don't want to sound like any more a dip shit than usual, but these guys totally, utterly rocked my Durham heart and soul. It was like getting soul a bath in rose water or something.
|Even this dog seemed totally blissed out on the music and the scene.|
OK, and maybe a little drunk too, looking at what he is carrying
I'm not sure how they did it, but they really hit our sweet spot. And we did our best to reciprocate.
(Chauncy being a natural ring leader in this effort to share back some Durham Love!:)
The climax for me, was when they summoned us to climb up on the stage to dance in front of them, in front of thousands of people.
|OK, hundreds of people|
Before I knew it, Chauncy
had climbed up on my shoulders, from which wobbling, swaying tower she sang the last aria of her set! All right! Fat Tire, here I come!
At around this point Chauncy proceeded to totally break it down for us.
The event, of course, is put on by the good folks of New Belgium Brewing Company, who raised around $20,000 at the event today, for great local bike advocacy groups, such as Durham's own Durham Bicycle Co-op, and the Recyclery in Chapel Hill! Jack from the Durham Bike Coop told me that the $4,000 that the Tour D'Fat raised for them last year was enough to almost see them through the whole year!
I will most deffinately plan to hit Tour D'Fat next year (and am almost tempted to follow them to Nashville, I enjoyed it so much!)