(Portland, Oregon) – Imagine, if you will, driving home from a pleasant outing with your friends and family. You’re cruising down a city street, feeling good about the delightful dinner you’ve just shared with those closest to you. You and your loved ones are chatting it up without a care in the world. That’s when, seemingly out of nowhere, your car is surrounded by naked men on bicycles…
They begin yelling obscenities and spitting on your vehicle. One of the men lewdly gestures to his exposed genitalia. Your only avenue of escape is vehicular manslaughter, but you’re no murderer. Instead, you lock your car doors, grit your teeth, and continue driving; Hoping beyond all hope that the nude, intoxicated thugs will eventually pass you over.
As you become immersed in a growing sea of pasty white flesh and bike reflectors, you wonder if you’ve somehow stepped over into an episode of the Twilight Zone. Sadly, such is not the case. This is reality, my shell-shocked friend, and what you’ve just witnessed is Portland, Oregon’s annual event, the “World Naked Bike Ride“.