This past July was the second annual Polish Moon Bike Ride in Milwaukee. There was also a blue moon! [Maybe they should have had some blue moon ice cream at the event...or we should have gone to Denny's afterwards for some Moons of My Hammy.]
Got sidetracked by moons there for a second. Back to the bike ride.
Last year was the first event and since it was so great, I had to go back again. Unfortunately my friend Amber and I must have gotten there a bit later than last year and we missed the band. We still got there in plenty of time to grab a bite to eat though. I had amazing tacos from Wayward Kitchen Co. and a Weekend @ Louie's beer, while Amber had a Klement's sausage. Yum.
Soon after we ate, everyone started to line up. It was such a difference from last year since last year it was SO. FOGGY. It was humid, gross and you could barely see anything.
The ride started out a bit slow since there were so many people. But once everyone spread out, everything went smoothly. Our only goal this year was to actually hear the accordions. Oh, did I forget to tell you? There were a few guys playing accordions on the route!
We caught up with two of them and it was everything we expected it to be. Traditional polka songs. TV theme songs. Songs we could all sing along with.
Since it was a clear evening, we could actually see the Polish Moon [aka Rockwell Clock Tower or Allen-Bradley Clock Tower]!
Another highlight of the event was riding by people walking down the street, sitting on their steps or looking out their windows. Most had no clue what was going on, but seeing a big group of cyclists put a smile on their face and they would wave. All of us riding would either wave back or ring our bells.
Not only because of the great weather did we see the Polish Moon, but also the blue moon. Bonus!
After the ride we walked down to Purple Door Ice Cream and got some ice cream to bring back and eat while listening to some more polka music at Anodyne. A bunch of people stayed after the ride and most were up front polkaing along with the music. [Fun fact, polkaing is actually a word, even though it sounds made up.]
It was another successful event. Thanks Bike Fed and all other sponsors! And thanks MKE police for helping keep us safe on the streets!