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Erowid: 'Tales of an SF Bike Messenger/Acid Addict'

Erowid recently published a deliciously gonzo experience report by a self-proclaimed "trip-cycler", someone who regularly loads up on strips of acid and hits the streets of San Francisco to deliver packages:

To describe the experience of putting my life in the hands of the San Fransisco Traffic God's while the sky melds together in an amalgous orgasm of blue and magenta and while cars leave such profoundly solid tracers behind them that I can't tell whether they're limousines or not is, essentially, impossible. The experience is just fucking ludicrous. I've been bombing hills at 35 miles an hour before only to have taxi cars open their doors in front of me with only ten feet to brake. I've been within inches of been piledrived by several ton cars in direct oncoming traffic. On one occasion, the quick release on my primary brakes snapped while I hauled ass down one of the steepest streets in the city (which is really saying something, if you've ever been to San Fransisco before), forcing me to simultaneously wedge my foot between my front wheel and my front forks to slow myself down while navigating my bike through two massive four way intersections. I was a half second away from getting anally raped between a bright silver Hummer and a half lime-green/half hot-pink sedan. I suspect that this was not the actual colour of the vehicle.

To do what I do, I have to be paying attention 100% of the time. My peripheral vision and reflexes are my best friends. Acid is not a drug that lends itself to fast reflexes, however; it feels like I have ADHD on higher doses of psychedelics. 'Oh boy, look at that beautiful tree! Gee, don't you just love nature? Holy fuck, the sky! Goddamn, that cloud just turned into two ninjas fighting each other! I love you sky, you're so blue and beautiful.' On my early days of trip-cycling, I would occasionally find myself zoning out for short periods of time, too interested in the patterns on the asphalt below me or the height of the skyscrapers above me to remember that I was in a life or death situation. These sorts of distractions usually ended like this: 'Jesus, look at the floral designs on the pavement, doesn't that just look HOOOOOONK SQUEEEEEEAL FUCK FUCK SHIT FUCK A CAR!!'

Of course, this is not to glamorize such an approach to the profession. In fact, the trip-cycler, Muksi, notes:

Now, it's clear to most people that doing a job like mine while being righteously skull-fucked on a ten strip of acid is a goddamn terrible idea. Yes, you are absolutely right. Without a doubt, I would NEVER recommend to anybody doing what I do on a daily basis. It hasn't ever stopped me, but it's still a goddamn terrible idea. Like the good doctor said, 'I wouldn't recommend... drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me.'

Meanwhile Erowid sums this up more succinctly:

[Erowid Note: bicycling while intoxicated or tripping is dangerous and irresponsible because it endangers other people. Don't do it!]


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cartoon. : 2013-06-15 23:42:22
I was a san Francisco bike messenger from 91 to 94 I my name is cartoon and I was truly a san Francisco messenger legend I rode the streets with fresh irisis in my helmet bcuz on the side I would deliver for flower shops I would surf my bike standing up down oak street hills down fell st hills never once fell on the dangerous hills then every last Friday "Friday" I would fry on acidon my trusty souped up colnago road bike with campy record components custom built rims fresh beautiful irisis in my helmet 110 psi. in my tires music in my ears and those acid Friday were the most perfect in tha zone reading traffic hauling with a godlike intensity didn't smoke cigs was already among the top 5 of the quickest I was probably number 3 but on acid Friday I was a god a sf bike messenger god cartoon that is my name acid does give you visions of godhood grander whatever your bike swag was b4 u took acid it triples good times xcept when u frying with a flat but I was loved other messengers would help me on that day if needed but mostly I was a acid flower wearing god
Ash. : 2011-05-15 16:19:40
This obviously makes it clear as a bell what he is takes...Street Acid, not LSD...on real doses of LSD doing that just wouldn't be possible, even if a bike ride is.
miguel. : 2010-08-24 16:59:10
i sense a lot of neurotic-ness and delusions of grandeur.
Tiswas. : 2010-08-21 05:21:39
"towelhead taxi drivers"

Is racism part of the acid experience?

Anonymous. : 2010-08-20 07:53:26
The "better, wiser" myth can be firmly put to bed. Could have been put to bed a few decades ago, really.

They're good tools, but it matters what you build with them.

soma_junkie. : 2010-08-19 22:34:23
That guy has to be one of the most obnoxious and reckless acid enthusiast ever. Just goes to show that psychedelics do not necessarily make one a better or wiser person. Yeesh.
Brandon : 2010-08-19 21:47:12
Dear Dose Nation,

Your pulp fiction side makes me laugh.



Jem. : 2010-08-19 19:19:35
are u trippin' every day or just occasionly,Must be some buzz all the same,A dearth of acid in Ireland or maybe my finger just isn't on the pulse anymore ?. Anyway take care and shine on u crazy diamond.

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