Yeah, yeah I know. Life's been busy. But here's the deal:
WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE RECENT PAST:
Well, we had two successful Pedal Potluck Picnics! The first one on Tuesday May 6th went from the Hawthorne Hostel to "Scott Triangle", a triangular plot of grass (and a tree) between SE 65th and Scott Drive on the north flank of Mt. Tabor (just north of Belmont). If you've been on PPPs in the past you know how much I love these triangle parklets. Unused greenspace! About 14 attended (we picked up Jackie and Ted and Jeff C. and Jill on the way and almost managed to abscond Kirsty) and the spread was great.
The second one on Tuesday May 20th went from Alberta Co-op to the "Roseway Parkway", a "park blocks" strip on NE 72nd between NE Sandy/Fremont and NE Prescott. If you've been on PPPs in the past you know how much I love these parkways. In the past few years I've done Firway (SE 72nd between Holgate and Foster) and Omaha (N Omaha Ave between Killingsworth and Rosa Parks). Yet another 14 people, this time including my friends Isy and Jaime all the way from Brighton, UK, plus 3 who showed up late. Afterwards a mini pub crawl to the Alameda Brewpub and then Laurelwood.
Ian and myself also conducted the Bike Touring Workshop at the Hostel on Saturday May 10th. It was a success! 25 people attended and it lasted 3 hours! Expect another one in July.
WHAT'S IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
PEDALPALOOZA, that's what! Our two-plus week celebration of bike fun! Over 200 events this year! Here are the rides/events I'm leading or involved with:
TUESDAY JUNE 17
DEAD FREEWAYS RIDE 9:00am - 12:00pm What if...Portland built all the freeways it planned? This ride will follow 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. Approx 12 miles of riding through moderate traffic. This ride is part of the Carfree Cities Conference.
and also on the same day:
PEDAL POTLUCK PICNIC 6:30pm - 9:00pm What's better than riding bikes on a summer evening and having a picnic afterwards? The ride will be a casual one traversing approx. 3-5 miles and end in a mystery public "park" setting. The catch is the "park" will be a lesser-known and/or out of the way spot. Picnic will be potluck style, so please bring food and drink to share (preferably vegetarian/vegan). Bringing your own cup, plate, and utensils also recommended. You can also sneak into the co-op for supplies.
- FRIDAY JUNE 20
- SOLSTICE RIDE (SHORTEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR)
- Peoples Coop, 3029 SE 21st Ave
- 9:00pm - 7:00am, leave Peoples around 10pm
- Traverse local cinder cones as we celebrate the shortest night of the year. Ride leaves Peoples around ten and doesn't stop until we see the sun rise. Ride your bike that you feel most comfortable riding on for hours. Bring something warm: it can get chilly at night. Bring food and drink as well. Lights (good lights with fresh batteries) and awareness of marked and unmarked hazards encouraged.
EPIC PIZZA RIDE
Woodlawn Park (under the bridge), NE Dekum St and Bellevue Ave (park is 1/4 mile east of MLK on Dekum)6:15pm - 11:15pm, caffiene and stamina recommended Not to be outdone by the donut ride, this year's pizza ride will be a haphazard yet precise expedition around the eastside of town to sample the "holiest" of foods. In the interest of "doing it better", there will be more pizza stops and we'll keep riding into the wee hours of the night. Hardcore pizza buffs and novices are all welcome to join us as we eat, ride, repeat over a course of many undisclosed miles. Who makes the best? Bring cash for pies, of course. No mooches. Those who endure the whole night will be rewarded. And call in sick the next day.
FRIDAY JUNE 27
BIKE-IN MOVIE AT THE HAWTHORNE HOSTEL 7:00pm - 10:00pm, food and movies at 7pm, movies at dark An annual tradition... see bicycle related movies under the stars in the Hawthorne Hostel's spacious side yard! Enjoy some pre-movie live music and food donated by local businesses! Volunteers needed, contact us to help out!
No Urban Adventure League calendars for June (since everything I do in June will be in the giant Pedalpalooza calendar), expect a print one in July. Email me your address if you'd like to get one sent: