Ride Report: Three Speed Ride, 20 March 2016

Alright, this report took a bit longer to get up than expected. Apologies are in order. So in brief, this is the low down of what happened on our first Three Speed Ride of 2016, Sunday March 20:

  • Despite the weather forecast being less-than-optimal (and a decent ride falling right before the start, always a participation killer) we had a total of 16 folks (myself included) show up on this ride! Good work, team!
  • From Rivelo, we headed westward across the still-newish Tilikum Crossing over the Willamette River. From there we rambled south on the Willamette Greenway Trail. This was “state of the art” in the 1970’s but a bit outdated now. Still, they are doing work to improve it. And there are some great views and hidden nooks on this often bumpy, windy, and confusing path.
  • We had a tea break in Willamette Park, since there is conveniently a covered picnic shelter here. (Side note: for a town as wet as Portland, there’s a scarcity of covered picnic shelters in our parks. Why is this?)
  • We got back over to the east side via the new-new Sellwood Bridge. Two new bridges on one ride!
  • From there we rode the Springwater Corridor trail eastward to Lents. Here is where the rain started, and came down good. This was a bit of a slog, and at one point I heard someone call out that it was “beer-thirty”.
  • Lents was the end point of the ride, a good 12 or so miles in. Here we enjoyed food and beverage at Zoiglhaus Brewing while attempting to dry ourselves off. (Great veggie sandwich!)
  • I had a rocking round of trivia here to get rid of some stuff cluttering my parts bins, er, redistribute some good stuff back into the world!
  • Honorable mentions: We had two Raleigh Twenties and the first Brompton in a while. Also, Vince’s Mongoose MTB conversion is sweet (even if his saddlebag didn’t last the ride.) Special kudos to Dana Matechik, as this was her first ride since becoming a mom!

Thank you to everyone who showed up! Hopefully next time we’ll have better weather. 😉 And special thanks to Rivelo for being the start point!

Ride route here.


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