Yes, friends, we are only two short weeks away from Portland’s annual bicycle extravaganza of bike fun, Pedalpalooza. Three weeks of bike rides and events? Almost 300 unique events? I must be in heaven!
And the Urban Adventure League has been a part of Pedalpalooza since Pedalpalooza’s inception in 2004, save for last year when I was out of town. In fact, the debut of the Urban Adventure League happened during the first Pedalpalooza!
And this year I will be leading or co-leading, seven, count ’em, SEVEN events! And what might those events be? Well feast your eyes, fancy person!
Monday 11 June
BICYCLE TOURING WORKSHOP
Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd (north of Sandy)
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Are you itching to hit the open road and explore nature in a way you haven’t yet? Are you a regular bicycle rider but have never taken a bicycle tour? Then join us to learn more about Self-Supported Bicycle Touring, We’ll be discussing equipment, planning, and cost as well as day-to-day life on the road. We’ll also have a loaded touring rig or two to check out. Touring can be easy as an overnight camping expedition close to home, and can be as complicated as a cross-country or around-the-world expedition! But it will be fun!
Wednesday 13 June
MIDWEEK RIDE TO THE COLUMBIA GORGE
Ruby Junction MAX station, 19750 SE Burnside, Gresham, OR (Meet near the eastbound MAX platform)
9:30am – 5:30pm, We depart at 10am sharp!
Riding to quiet country roads and spectacular scenery is easier than you think. The Columbia River Gorge is just a short bicycle ride away. And you can totally handle it if you are an everyday rider. Bring a snack, water, and Trimet fare. Geared bikes recommended. Approx 40 miles round trip.
Sunday 17 June
PORTLAND PERIMITER PERMANANT-POPULAIRE
Velo Cult bike shop, 1969 NE 42nd (north of Sandy)
9:30am, Ride starts at 10:00am exactly
Join the Oregon Randonneurs on a 100km ride around Portland! Bring a helmet, bike repair kit, pump, bike map, somewhere for a cue sheet, and a pencil to fill out your info card. There is no ride leader or SAG support but most of the area is well served by Tri-Met and food is available at mini-marts along the way.
Monday 18 June
S240 MIDWEEK BIKE CAMPING
Expo Center MAX Station, 2060 N Marine Dr
4:30pm, Return to Portland sometime in AM/early PM Tuesday, depending on group wants/needs
Let’s do a quick little bike camping overnight! Whether you’re “funemployed” or can get off work a little early, a weekday camping excursion is a lot of fun. The destination: Battle Ground Lake State Park in Washington, a 25 mile ride with moderate traffic/terrain. Campsites $12/night, divvied up appropriately. Bring all the things you would need for an overnight camping trip. (Grocery stop in Battle Ground.) You can probably make it to work on time Tuesday!
Sunday 24 June
THREE SPEED RIDE AND PICNIC
Gammans Park, N Buffalo St at N Wilbur Ave (Small park one block off of Sunday Parkways Route, near Arbor Lodge Park)
3:30pm – 6:30pm, leaving shortly after 4pm
What better way to finish Sunday Parkways than ramble around North and Northeast on your humble internally geared three speed bicycle? Bring your trusty three speed bicycle of British, American, Japanese, Dutch, etc vintage. (Three speeds preferred but come along if you don’t have one.) Casual paced ramble of approx. 8-10 miles, fairly flat. We’ll have a picnic and tea brew up towards the end, bring all the necessities like food, a teakettle and a camping stove. Check forum for more info.
Monday 25 June
DEAD FREEWAYS RIDE
South Park Blocks in front of Lincoln Hall (PSU), 900 SW Market St
5:00pm – 9:00pm, depart from Park Blocks at 5:30pm
What if…Portland built all the freeways it planned? This ride follows the routes of several highways that never made it off the drawing board, such as the fabled Mt. Hood Freeway, some that did but were later removed, like Harbor Drive, and also as a reference some freeways that currently exist. We’ll see the parallels of the past freeway fights with what’s going on with the current Columbia River Crossing project. Approx 13 miles of riding through moderate traffic.
Tuesday 26 June
PEDAL POTLUCK PICNIC
Peoples Coop, 3029 SE 21st Ave
6:30pm – 8:30pm, Last Tuesday in May – August
After a year off, the PPP returns for its SEVENTH season! A casual bicycle ride traversing approx. 3-5 miles (5-8km) with a different route/end each time. The end destination is a mystery “park” or park-like destination. (Expect the unexpected!) At the endpoint we’ll enjoy a picnic dinner. Eating will be potluck style, so please bring interesting food and drink to share (preferably vegetarian/vegan). Bring lights! Please bring your own silverware, plate, and cup. If it looks like it’ll rain we’ll end up at a COVERED destination.