Millie Tour in Progress
- Greetings roots:
Here's an update from the road as we approach the midpoint of the second
ever Millie Tour.
We're at our second major tour stop: Boulder Colorado. We currently
occupy the couch, floor, futon, and backyard of Brendan Kiernan, an early
Xtracycle owner and leader of the interactive marketing firm Texture
Media. We've been riding our Sport Utility Bikes around Boulder for a day
and half now, and the response has been fantastic. Random strangers are
surfing, test-riding, and enjoying our presence. Our party with Texture
tonight will draw 50 bike-savvy people and Kipchoge's performance will
warm their hearts and open their wallets to Xtra.
Our group ride last night suffered on account of rain, but a local
reporter from Boulder Camera showed up and loved the Bike. I hopped on
the back as she rode through the grass and after a couple wobbles she
righted our steed and took me up a hill! With any luck her report will
appear in tomorrow's paper in time for Demo Day in the park.
Salt Lake City, our first tour stop, was a rock-star experience. We piggy
backed on Teva's booth at the National Outdoor Retailer conference, and
rode our bikes around the huge convention floor, turning heads and drawing
the ire of the security guards. Kipchoge, and guest percusionist Isaac
James lit it up on the stage of the Teva Big Guns party, held at a nearby
club. Ross spun rope tricks (it was a western-themed) party, and all of
our costumes were hot-diggity-dawg-diggity, thanks to a spontaneous thrift
store visit in Elko Nevada.
At 2AM the party spilled out on to the sidewalk, where we surfed our new
friends from the OR conference. Kipchoge rocked the scores of drunk
kayakers, one of whom surfed naked past a cafe of innocent bystanders. A
case of Heineken appeared on the sidewalk, fueling the sing-along and
general Xtracycle frenzy. Ross roped me lasso style as I rode by on the
back of a bike, and Isaac entertained the devoted throngs with sick beats
on his Jimbe (spelling?). The cops gave us plenty of respect, and our ty
continued unhiundered to a local club, where we kicked the subwoofer of
our salsa cycle into Shaquille O'Neal territory, and got our followers
dancing merengue in a parking lot. (Hats off to the lead engineer of the
Salsa Cycle, Xtracycle's own Chad). Two-hundred pound innebriated kayakers
were surfing by as we Salsa'd, lasso'd, and xtracycled our way to local
stardom, and as I looked on the scene we'd created there on the streets of
Salt Lake, that's when I knew: Thank God I'm an Outdoor Retailer.
So, we're having a great time, generating tons of buzz, and stuffing
ourselves on chips. Don't worry about our nutrition though, we've got
plenty of each of the four food groups: vegetable medley, tamari, hot, and
pico de gallo.
See you all in your town soon!
Millie Crew -- Paul, Isaac, Vange, Ross, and Kipchoge.