December 2, 2017

Parade Route

A short ride with a holiday theme was the ticket today. And of course there were hills to climb.

pep's bike in the sunshine, viewed from above, El Sereno Open Space Preserve, near Los Gatos, California
The rider who joined me assured me that a particular “short-cut” was legit, and after completing our final climb we passed through an open-space gate to clamber up some rocks, enjoying our snacks with a view.

Los Gatos Recreation Department balloon with marchers, W. Main Street, Los Gatos, California
Our holiday reward was the 61st annual Los Gatos Children's Christmas Parade. The Recreation Department even had a balloon!

Cucuzza Squash Drill Team, S. Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, California
A crowd (and personal) favorite is the irreverent Cucuzza Squash Drill Team. Tottering out-of-step down the street, wielding their vegetables with Italian music blaring, they are nothing short of hilarious.

Los Gatos Rowing Club float, S. Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, California
There were marching bands and dance troups, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and Indian Princesses. Rowers rowed (on machines) under the canopy of a racing shell.

Service Dogs of America group, S. Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, California
Canine Companions for Independence walked alongside their humans. Crowds filled the sidewalks to view more than 200 floats and groups parade through downtown.

Airborne BMX rider executing a twist above the Jiffy Market ramp, S. Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, California
The perennial highlight is Jiffy Market's float, which features a pair of daredevil ramps (along with a crew of certified daredevils). The first rider raced down the street, launched into the air, landed and pedaled on. [Child's play, comparatively speaking.] His compatriots launched higher, one spinning a twist and the other flipping a full 360ยบ in the air before touching down.

As for me, I strive to keep both wheels, upright, in contact with the pavement. I was more than content to cover 17 miles and climb 1,825 feet.

But who doesn't love a parade?

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