It was with some nervousness that I headed off on to Hyde Park to go on the World Naked Bike Ride. I rode along my usual route now, with the detour at Redfern where they are redoing the park. When I arrived there was a small collection of riders. More showed up over time and at half past 12 we rode off though town. I will include that ride when I have processed it.
Unlike last year, when the police had behaved very badly and heavy-handedly, there were no police to be seen this year. So we rode via the main roads down to the Vanishing Point art gallery, on King Street in Newtown. Here we got ready to go on the ride. There were a few photographers from Getty Images. But they had to leave before we left. It took quite a while to get ready and we had quite a crowd of locals waiting for us to leave.
After preparing we headed out. We rode up King Street, through the Sydney University, then up Glebe Point Road. We then headed back, but road down City Road instead of through the university. I’d have to say it was singularly the most enjoyable bike ride I have ever done. We were cheered from one end of the ride to the other. On the way out people were a little in shock, but on the way back we had crowed cheering, photographers at the ready, some running down the street to get a good shot and very many words of encouragement. The only off things was I was called a faggot, as were two of the girls. They pointed out the lack of anatomical understanding of those making the messages.
After returning we washed off the body paint as best we could. Though I did not do so good a job and headed up to Buzzzbar for some food. We were celebrities and all the waiting staff had gone out to cheer us on when we had ridden past. I had quite a nice, it a bit pricey meal of Beef Merlot and Chocolate Mouse cake.
And for those who think I dislike chocolate, well, while I will eat any chocolate, I do like good chocolate, I am quite fussy. The darker the better.