Well, I'm now in week 5 of post-rotator cuff surgery rehab, and my weekend routine has changed quite a bit. No 50 mile bike rides or 2 hour kayak outings for some time to come, though I'm hoping that in early June I'll be cleared to at least get back on a stationary bike.
I can still walk and hike, so I'm doing lots of that. This past Saturday Carole and I decided to go up to Baltimore and walk around and see the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race put on by the American Visionary Art Museum, one of our favorite places to go in Baltimore.
The event doesn't really start until about 0930, but we got up early, drove up to Federal Hill , parked and went to a really nice place for coffee and breakfast:
After a great breakfast at this eclectic place (where else is there snow in Baltimore in May??), we headed down to the Museum area where the Race entrants were staging for the start. As we walked over from Federal Hill we could hear a very strong drum beat.
That turned out to be a women's group out of Washington DC, Batala. Very cool - must have been a great work out, as they played for over an hour non-stop. This was followed by a guy dressed as a nun, who got up and did the ritual "blessing of the feet."
Then, the race began - well, it is more like a parade of art objects that are built around bicycles, Clorox bottles, old coolers, lots of crepe paper and a variety of tchotckes. They "race" aound Baltimore along a 14 mile course that includes (for some) a brief try at floating in the Inner Harbor, and getting though an obstacle course in Patterson Park.
The first challenge is getting up Federal Hill in the first half mile - a third of them don't get past that. Carole and I climbed up the hill t watch, pictures below. This is one of the most fun events in Baltimore.
This guy didin't get the memo - I think there was supposed to be some form of propulsion, other than FFP - Fred Foot Power. But they let him join in.
During the "race" this elephant kept "mooing" and I'm not sure what the green women represented, either.
The hookah caterpillar could book - there were something like 6 people pedaling bicycles under there.
Mutually Assured Destruction - kinetic sculpture style.
A worrisome sight in your rearview mirror.