well, i went to the big kickoff party tonight at the local restaurant. after much hemming and hawing, we took the bikes. of course we ended up getting rained on. it rained last year for this event as well. i guess it's gonna be tradition now. but you're not a real biker if you don't ride in the rain once in a while, i guess. it was fun, but thank god better weather is in the forecast for this weekend.