Day 0, registration and orientation. After last year’s day 0I suggested that the group get to the Cow Palace early to be done with the event that is registration. Apparently everyone else had the same idea as lines were much longer than last year. I picked up Chris and we met Sal, Kevin, and Robert at Pixar to carpool over to San Francisco. When we arrived the parking was already very full and the line to wait for bike parking was wrapped around the corner of the building. We eventually got to park our bikes and then got in line for registration. We had missed the first safety video so we were going to have to wait at least an hour for the next screening. After getting through registration we were only a few minutes shy of seeing the 10:30 safety video screening, so we set in for the hour wait. This year safety was a much more emphasized for two reasons, there are more riders and the ride needs to make sure it’s doing all it can so that it won’t lose the permission of different municipalities to have the ride pass through. Once we finished with the safety video we had all we needed (both wristbands) to get our tent assignments. Thanks to the hard work of James Dashe we had a reserved block of tents so that we could all be together. After that we put our numbers on our bikes and said farewell to our mounts for the night. The registration process took longer than I think it should have. Maybe more staggered screenings of the safety video would have helped. Had a lot of us not needed to get things done for the Ratatouille wrap party that night we could have gone later and had a much more relaxed time of it all. Overall I was now starting to get really excited for the ride again. I kind of missed that build up from last year when the whole thing was totally unknown to me. I saw a few first time riders from training rides and I swear I could see the same wonder and question on their faces I had last year. “Will I be able to do this?” “What have I gotten myself into?” Questions like that.