Status: Success


Smiling in Salem

SCUL received a transmission from Soniya Tejwani, the Museum Educator at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, inviting us to participate in event called B.Y.O.B. or Bring Your Own Bike night, on May 15th from 6-9 p.m. While typically we ride on Saturnights, we were excited to travel to a system we had never chopped, and to be involved with something as grand as this event was an offer we couldn’t pass up.

Cloudbuster had returned to active status and was ready for it’s seasonal maiden voyage, following a Disco-Deth-Stah meltdown, as well as a complete electrical systems and warpcore failure: the fuse-switches we were using as a master switch had fused open, draining the battery to zero. Threespeed engineered a radiation-proof low-voltage cutoff switch to make sure it never happens again. So while we were at it, we pulled all the wires and redid everything, replacing the two amplifiers with a more efficient three-channel D Class. We even gave Cloudbuster a b.a.t.h., since it had gotten dusty sitting idle since October. All this work took a while, but it worked out fine since I had been recovering from a crime-fighting injury which I have yet to write about.

It is 18.7 light years from our home base in the Somerville System to our destination. Riding choppers means going slow and leaving room for mechanicals. We launched at 1500 to arrive by 1800. With the exception of a little navigation troubles, and Cloudbuster’s warp core not being as recovered as we had hoped, and everyone’s butt being a little sore, we enjoyed the trip up immensely. It seemed like the closer we got to Salem, the more we were the recipient of friendly cheers, waves, and pictures taken.

Upon arrival we were greeted by Soniya Tejwani, Adult Programs Facilitator, and Michelle Moon, Assistant Director for Adult Programs. After badging in I was given a quick tour of the museum, by Soniya. I was most impressed by the new atrium, a curved geodesic ribbon of triangular windows framed in aluminum tube. The space was huge, but narrow enough to not feel like you didn’t know where to go.

There were wooden bikes, cruisers, tallbikes, adult big-wheels with PVC tire covers for maximum spin – I counted 3 full revolutions! Everyone was talking to one another, laughing, trying out each other’s bikes, and really having fun. Seemed like everyone I saw at the event had an infectious smile on their face.

After the event we were given a quick tour of the finer riding through Salem by the local and loosely affiliated bicycle chopper builders. It was a beautiful night to ride, and they knew how to cruise in style. A light-year loop brought us back to the PEM by 9:30 or so. We said our farewells and exchanged our schwag, setting course for the nearest late night donut shop.

By the time we set course, things were getting quiet in Salem. We managed to get a little lost, a little radiation , and more than a little sleep deprived. All in all, one of the most ambitions and glorious missions of the SCUL 2014 season.


  • 9.0 mph average speed when moving
  • moving 4:25, stopped 1:06
  • 39.8 LY logged
Pilot Ship Points Promotion
BaneThunderwolf Bieber Fever 1127.8   Lieutenant Junior Grade
Buntjigger Sprits'l 898.619   Aviator First Class
Dead Bride Lust 0  
DrClaw Rhinoceros 860.888   Lieutenant Commander
Epoxy Yer Mom 425.94   Aviator First Class
eXceSs Chutes & Ladders 725.707   Petty Officer Second Class
Red Squirrel Doctor Love 774.275   Senior Chief Petty Officer
Skunk Cloudbuster 1212.89   Commander
Snow Mad Rabbit 0  
Threespeed Schadenfreude 875.781   Lieutenant Commander
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Taskforce Pilot
Mission Leader Skunk
Deck Officer Red Squirrel
Navigator Threespeed
Tailgunner Buntjigger
Com-Sat 1 BaneThunderwolf
Medi Bag Red Squirrel
Wookiee Bag Buntjigger
Ambassador Snow
Still Cam Red Squirrel
Airlock BaneThunderwolf
Life Support 1 Skunk
Life Support 2 eXceSs
Damage Control DrClaw
Minister of Zoobs Skunk
Mission Reporter Skunk
Compressor Wrangler Threespeed

Mission Parameters

Mission LeaderSkunk
Mission Size 10 pilots
OriginFort Tyler
DestinationPeabody Essex Museum
Light Years39.800
G-Well Activity2.314
Technical Rating3.274