Ride Report: Sunrise Coffee at Ricky Point, 12 March 2014

I don’t participate in the Sunrise Coffee Club as much as I should. Don’t get me wrong, I love the concept. It’s just I’m not a morning person. I’ve tried to become one, but at this point in my life I realize that my body is set a certain way. I still wish I was one of those perky people who naturally wake up at/before sunrise, and I do appreciate the times I do get up early and “see the world wake up”, but I do it grudgingly.

And I woke up grudgingly at 6 am on Wednesday morning for this Sunrise Coffee Club adventure. I fought the urge to turn off my alarm and turn over in bed, but I was leading this ride so there wouldn’t be any getting out of it. And yeah it hurt to wake up (probably not enough sleep.) But I got out the door, hopped on the Raleigh Wayfarer, and headed towards the Expo Center MAX station.

Cruising through North Portland in pre-dawn I realized how perfect the weather was for a Sunrise Coffee Club in March. It was cold, but not arctic cold: around 35F/2C, some frost on cars and grass. And there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I was hoping for this. Before I went to bed the forecast warned of a chance of patchy fog and/or maybe some wind out of the east, but the air was still.

The only person waiting for me at Expo Center was Josh. We waited around until 6:50 am and then head out for Ricky Point. While I-5 was bustling, the roads on Hayden/Tomahawk Island were mellow. We got to Ricky Point just after 7 am. I set up my Trangia to boil water for coffee, then cooked some Irish oatmeal, while watching the sky grow brighter in the east. Josh brought a thermos of coffee.

Sunrise was just a little after 7:30 am. It’s been awhile since I’ve had such a great sunrise experience. Ricky Point gives a great view of Mount Hood to the east, and the rising sun reflected over the mighty Columbia. Ricky Point was bathed in golden light.

We hung out until 8 am, packed up our things, and headed home. It was a good morning. I don’t do Sunrise Coffee that often, but when I do, it’s a good thing.

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