It's baaaack! Century Cycles is once again putting the old-fashioned slumber party on two wheels for its 4th Annual Pajama Party Night Ride on the Towpath Trail on Saturday, August 10, at 7 p.m. at the Century Cycles store in Peninsula (1621 Main Street/Route 303).
This nighttime bicycle ride in bedtime clothes is free with no pre-registration necessary, but riders are asked to bring a new children's book, stuffed animal or small flannel blanket for Project Night Night (www.projectnightnight.org), a children's charity that provides nighttime comfort packages to homeless children. For more information, visit www.centurycycles.com/for/NightRides or call 330-657-2209.
7 p.m.: The festivities start in the parking lot of Century Cycles’ Peninsula store with cycle-your-own-smoothies on the blender bicycle, glow-in-the-dark goodies and bike accessory giveaways, a few rounds of "Spin the Water Bottle for Cycling Truth or Dare,” and the mutual admiration of everyone's excellent sartorial taste in pajamas.
8 p.m.: The rolling slumber party heads to the Towpath Trail for a 14-mile bike ride. At the turnaround point, Night Riders will savor delightfully unhealthy slumber party snacks. After the ride, the party will continue at the Winking Lizard in Peninsula, where an old-fashioned monster movie will play on the TVs in the south room. (Riders are responsible for their own tab at the restaurant.)
Pajamas are not required but HIGHLY encouraged. (Seriously. We all wear them. And no jokes about how you wear nothing to bed -- nobody wants to hear that.) No matter what pajamas or bedtime attire you wear, be sure it doesn't hang or get caught in your bicycle’s spokes or chain. That would be a drag. (Yeah, you can't say lame jokes, but we can.)
Also required: A bicycle to carry you, a bike helmet to protect your noggin, a bike headlight to light your way (the Towpath is completely unlit and very dark at night), and – if under 16 years of age – an accompanying adult. Riders should park in the Lock 29 Trailhead lot, just north of the store. This event is free, open to the public, and suitable for all levels of pajama-clad bicyclists.
Never biked a Night Ride, or need additional information? Visit www.centurycycles.com/goto/nightrides for more details, videos from past rides, and tips for first-time Night Riders.