I love Detroit. So many people came out and stood on their lawns and cheered us on. One woman yelled out to us, "come out back afterward and I'll make you lunch!!" The police officers blocking the roads for the race clapped and encouraged us - and everyone was in great spirits.
A bicycle group who call themselves the "East Side Riders" rode along with everyone, blaring rap music and helping out when someone got a flat tire. They all have super fun, crazy bikes, as seen below:
That night I saw a movie called "Detropia," a documentary focusing on the decline of the middle class in Detroit, especially as concerns the automobile industry. The movie was filmed a couple of years ago when things were particularly bad. Though the movie was well done, and I'd recommend it, it was sad too and made things look pretty bleak in Detroit. I was glad I'd spent the day loving and enjoying the city. Here are some pictures from the ride!
|Riding to the race from Sara's house|
|The start of the race - the abandoned train station|
|Biking through the Indian village|
|Sarah, on the bridge to Belle Isle (a park [island] in Detroit, larger than Central Park)|
|View of the city from Belle Isle|
|Nearing the end of the race!|
|Enjoying a post-race lunch of tamales, chili, and pizza! (Weird, I know.)|
It was a wonderful day in (and about) the D.