This turned out to be a great day. Mark and I took off early from work and traveled north to the sleepy surf town known as Encinitas where "Klunkerz" was showing at noon, at La Paloma Theater. Now coincidentally enough, Mark and I met each other while standing on the balcony inside that theater, on Valentine's Day 27 years ago. So everything about our experience there today was magical.
When we pulled into the parking lot, we spotted Charles "CK" Kelly and Gary Fisher getting out of their car, and we indulged in a major hug fest. The last time we saw these guys was in 1994 when we were producing "Full Cycle: A World Odyssey," and videotaped interviews and a ride with them at Mt. Tamalpais, where mountain biking first began. These are the guys who played a major role in pioneering the sport.
CK and Gary introduced us to Billy Savage, the man who produced "Klunkerz." We all hung out in front of the theater for a while, and then filed in to view the show. It really was a nicely made piece all about how the sport of mountain biking started, and the evolution of the mountain bike itself. It was cool to be sitting next to Gary Fisher as we all watched; his interviews pretty much dominate the show, as he has some pithy points to make.
Afterward, we all headed next door into a conveniently located saloon featuring some tasty beers on tap (including CK's choice, "Fat Tire Ale.") And you know, that is what mountain biking is all about... You ride your heart and soul out on those amazing trails that lead up, down and around the luscious thighs of Mother Nature, and afterward, it's time to share an ice cold beer with some excellent friends. Makes life worth living!