Hello friends! Yeah, it’s been a bit since I’ve written something substantial here. What can I say, the last month has been extremely busy! June consisted of a bike tour, Pedalpalooza, and a bit of romance. As such, I didn’t have a lot of “free time” to blog about it all. I do want to write something about that tour, but it may be another week or two before that happens, sorry.
This is the part where I casually mention that I’m quite active over on flickr and Instagram. These are the best windows in my day-to-day life, so if you want to see things as they happen, I encourage you to check them out!
Anyways, even though Pedalpalooza is a fading memory, the bike fun hasn’t stopped. On Sunday evening, I led a Sunset/Moonrise Ride. About a couple dozen folks rode the five miles from the Woodlawn neighborhood to Broughton Beach on the Columbia River. The weather was perfect, if a bit windy. And the sunset and moonrise were great. It was good hanging out with fun folks.
And now more action: This Thursday, July 13, I’m leaving for another trip! I’ll be taking the train up to Bellingham where I’ll spend Friday. Then I head south to tiny La Conner, Washington for their Seersucker Social. And from there I head west through Anacortes to catch a ferry to Lopez Island (part of the San Juans) where I’ll camp Sunday night. Then I head east on Monday, get down to Seattle for the night, and head home Tuesday morning. It should be fun!
Just because Pedalpalooza is over, doesn’t mean that bike fun is over!
Come join me for one of my favorite semi-regular rides: The Sunset Moonrise Ride. Did you know that at the time of the full moon, the moonrise is just around the same time as sunset? That means if you find a good spot, you can see both! And I definitely know of a good spot.
Meet on Sunday July 9 at 7:30 PM at P’s and Q’s Market, NE Dekum St at NE 13th Ave. Get your supplies at P’s and Q’s*, we roll out at 8 PM. We’ll ride an easy five miles down to the Columbia to watch the sun set and then the moon rise! And of course enjoy food and drink down at the water.
Picnic blankets, lights, and layers encouraged.
FOR THOSE WHO CARE: Technically the date of the full moon is on Saturday. But Sunday will be better this time, as the moonrise on Saturday is shortly before sunset, which means a lackluster moonrise. On Sunday July 9, the sun set is 9:00 PM, moon rise at 9:20 PM.
*P’s and Q’s are not exactly known for their cheap beer, so plan accordingly!
With the coming of fall, GREAT bike weather will be upon us here in Portland! What better time for some fun bike rides?
FRIDAY 16 SEPT
P’s & Q’s Market, 1301 NE Dekum St
meet at 5:45, depart at 6:15
Did you know that on the day of the full moon, the moon rises right around the same time that the sun sets? We’ll ride about 5 mi to a good spot where we can see BOTH. Stock up on supplies and libations at P’s & Q’s and of course bring an extra layer and lights for the ride home. Yes, there should be time for you to go on other rides tonight, if you like to do some riding! Sunset 7:18 pm, moonrise 7:30 pm.
SUN 18 SEPT
BIKE CAMP COOKOUT
Rivelo, 401 SE Caruthers St
Meet at 4:30, depart at 5.
One of the best parts of bike camping and touring is making meals. Here’s a chance to do that without actually going camping! Ride 5 miles to a mystery park destination (grocery stop en route) 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. And no dehydrated/”instant” meals that you bought at REI. Get creative!
THURS 22 SEPT
SUNRISE COFFEE CLUB: AUTUMNAL EQUINOX EDITION
Mount Tabor Park, Picnic area on NE corner of park near 69/Yamhill entrance. NOT AT THE TOP OF THE HILL. Rain day alternate: Pavilion near basketball courts
What better way to start Autumn? Get up before the crack of dawn and ride up to Tabor to make coffee while watching the sun rise. Coffee and camaraderie guaranteed. BYO coffee, water, and way to make coffee. Think camping stoves and the like. Or bring pre-brewed coffee. Bringing some breakfast ain’t a bad idea, either. Sunrise at 6:58 am, equinox at 7:21 am.
It’s time to lead another one of my Sunset/Moonrise rides. We’ll meet this Thursday August 18 at Ps and Qs Market, 1301 NE Dekum St. Meet at 6:30 pm, depart at 7.
Did you know that on the day of the full moon, the moon rises right around the same time that the sun sets? We’ll ride about 5 mi to a good spot where we can see BOTH. Stock up on supplies and libations at P’s & Q’s (sorry, they are not known for cheap beer), and of course bring an extra layer and lights for the ride home.
Sunset is at 8:12 pm, moonrise 8:26 pm.
It’s going to be a HOT one on Thursday, with a high of 98F/37C. You don’t want to be inside at sunset, right?
You know how I love to go to a spot to watch the sun set and the moon rise on the day of the full moon, and the next one is on Saturday, August 29th. So why not join me this time?
Sat Aug 29
meet at 6 pm, leave at 6:30 sharp
P’s & Q’s Market, 1301 NE Dekum St
It’s the night of the full moon, which rises just around the time of sunset! We’ll ride an easy 5 miles to a great spot to see both, and to just hang out. Stock up on food and libations at the start. Sunset 8:00 pm, moonrise 7:54 pm
Please note: P’s and Q’s will be the only supply-up stop.