Wow was this year’s Johnny Onion Ride incredible! The weather was perfect, the outfits were fantastic and the revelry was at an all time high! The ride got off to it’s usual lazy timing, as riders visited with one another, compared bikes (as well as a few baller time pieces) and posed for a few photos like the St. Germain Crew as we came to be known in our customary striped shirting. Another great touch was the decorating of the bicycles which including not only hanging onions, but also lovely bouquets, picnic setups and beverage carriers of every make and model.
As the ride got underway, it was truly a remarkable site to see a crew of 100 or so people riding along the waterfront, dressed in french outfits with onions hanging from their bikes with french music blaring from portable speakers. We experienced a slight delay along the path when one of the bridges were closed for a passing ship. After a few minutes of confusion, everyone was awed by the site of the bridge swinging open and connecting silently to road before us. The gates opened and we continued our adventure.
The ride came to close at the rose garden at Delaware Park and everyone helped themselves to wine, cheese and the eventual long-awaited French Onion Soup. The camaraderie of the ride is so infectious and it’s part of what makes it so fun. In the city of good neighbors, newcomers were welcomed with open arms and new friends are made while old ones reconnect from the previous ride. It is such a great time and I cannot emphasize enough how much you simply MUST attend one of these events. It’s easy to see why the Buffalo Lazy Randonneur Club hosts some of the best rides in the country.