For some reason, although I've been able to comment on another blog, Blogger is blocking me from responding to comments on this one. This post is in lieu of those responses.
Laura - yes, that was Al L, and he's been on other rides since. And now that his picture is up, the NSA will be able to track him.
Sean - I have every expectation you'll be invited; you were one of the first people Laura thought of when she had the idea of the no-paces, heavy-and-hobby-bike ride.