When the aliens landed with their bicycles outside a local Starbuck’s, startled onlookers began snapping pictures. I was fortunate enough to snap this one with my phone just minutes before they rode off toward Lake Michigan, claiming they would ride across the lake to the Cook nuclear power facility in Bridgman, Michigan to “recharge our life forces.”
It was roughly 10° (F) Sunday morning, and these intrepid aliens seemed undaunted by the cold. They were also puzzled by questions from the assembled throng inquiring how they intended to ride across water on their bicycles.
The one on the left who asked to be called “Mike” said, “Surely, riding on water with a bike is not an issue on your planet, is it?”
When told that bikes on our planet would sink to the bottom of the lake, the three creatures guffawed. The alien on the right who went by the moniker, “Tom,” informed us that not only could their bikes ride on water, they could also fly when fully powered.
A few small children immediately began clamoring for the aliens to make their bikes fly, and the one in the middle who went by “Pat,” said, brusquely, “What the hell do you think this is? ‘Close Encounters?’”
With that, the three mounted their alien two-wheelers and pedaled off toward Lake Michigan. They were last seen off the coast of Evanston, Illinois, riding off to the horizon in a peloton of three.