Yes, friends. It’s time for Pedalpalooza, Portland’s annual three-week festival of all things bike fun, all events prepared by folks like you and me. Right now we’re getting close to 300 events in that 24 day span, an average of 12 rides a day. A day!
Like every Pedalpalooza, I do my fair share of rides, whether as a leader or as a participant. This year I decided to lighten my load and only do 5 events. (Yes, only 5.) These rides are pretty much the type of rides I always do, so if you’re looking for costumed, naked, pop culture theme rides, look elsewhere. In any case, I hope you can join me for one, some, or all!
SAT 7 JUNE
ROUGH STUFF/COUNTRY BIKE (IN THE CITY) RAMBLE
Woodlawn Park (under the bridge), NE Dekum St and Bellevue Ave (Meet under the bridge)
10:30am – 4:30pm, Meet at 10:30am, depart at 11am.
A 20-30 mile ramble exploring the “country” aspects in the city while riding “Country” bikes. Expect a good deal of gravel/dirt action, climbs (you can walk it if you have to), and places you didn’t think existed. We’ll have food/picnic breaks along the way. Ride a bike geared towards comfort, not speed, and one that can handle off-road elements. Moderate pace, no one left behind, not a loop. If you show up in lycra, you buy everyone else adult beverages.
THURS 12 JUNE
MIDWEEK RIDE TO THE COLUMBIA GORGE
9:30am – 5:30pm
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 30 miles round trip. REGISTRATION REQUIRED! (Get full details of meetup after registration.) http://ualgorgeride2014.eventbrite.com
TUES 17 JUNE
MIDWEEK BIKE CAMPING TO OXBOW
5:00pm, Depart MAX at 5:30pm, return to PDX late morning
Whether you’re “funemployed” or can get off work a little early, a quick little weekday camping excursion is a lot of fun. A 10 mile ride (approx.) from the MAX in Gresham to Oxbow on the Sandy. Moderate traffic/terrain. We should get there before dark, but remember bike lights. You can probably make it to work on time Wednesday! Campsites $22/night, divvied up appropriately. Bring all the things you would need for an overnight camping trip. Previous bike camping experience recommended. Grocery stop in Gresham. (Get full details of meetup after registration.) Limited to 15 people, register here: http://oxbowjune2014s24o.eventbrite.com/
WED 18 JUNE
BIKE CAMPING COOKOUT
Green Zebra Grocery, 8621 N Lombard St
6:30pm – 9:00pm, We depart from the market at 7 pm sharp!
One of the best parts of bike camping and touring is making meals. Here’s a chance to do that without actually going camping! We’ll meet up at a market and ride about 5 miles to a mystery park where we’ll make dinner. Nerd out over camping stove setups and impress everyone with the feast you’ll craft! Please note: camping stove required, not a grill/hibachi. (There’s another ride for that.) No dehydrated/”instant” meals that you bought at REI. And if it’s wet, we’ll end up somewhere covered.
SUN 22 JUNE
THREE SPEED RIDE
Omaha Parkway, N Omaha Ave and N Ainsworth St (meet on the south side of Ainsworth, in the parkway)
4:00pm – 7:00pm, meet at 4, ride at 4:30
What better way to finish Sunday Parkways than ramble around the northern reaches of Portland on your humble internally geared three speed bicycle? Bring your trusty three speed bicycle from any nation. Three speeds preferred but any bike welcome if you don’t have one. Casual paced ramble of approx. 8-10 miles, fairly flat, with a little unpaved “rough stuff” action thrown in. We’ll have a picnic and tea brew up towards the end, bring all the necessities like food, a teakettle and a camping stove.