Banks-Vernonia Bicycle Ride

Where:  Banks- Vernonia Trailhead, Banks, OR

When:  Saturday, October 5, 2013

Time:  10 am

Distance:  42 miles

Pace:  10-12 mph

Duration: [masked] hrs

Lowest Elevation:  202 ft

Highest Elevation:  964 ft

Cumulative Elevation Gain:  1541 ft

Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3376573

“The Banks-Vernonia Trail, a multi-use trail paved over a decades-old train bed, allows the walker, jogger, biker or mounted rider the chance to catch a whiff of Oregon history while delighting in the forest’s renewed splendor. 21 miles of tree-lined, easy-grade pathway conducts you through sun-dappled glades and across swift, clear streams, filling your nose with wildflower scents and your ears with the songs of birds. 13 old bridges, wooden trestles rise up to acquaint you with days of the past. And at a mere 26 miles west of Portland, all this peaceful, quiet, natural beauty awaits you right down the road.” 

http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=104

Come join me on this beautiful ride!  If you've never been here before I'm sure you'll be as pleasantly surprised as I was.  I've always thought our own Springwater Corridor and  Marine Drive Bike Paths were nice but this is the most enjoyable bike path I've ever ridden and I'm really looking forward to experiencing it a second time.

The estimated duration is only that, an estimate.  We may finish quicker and we may finish slower but we never leave anybody behind.  Being October in Portland I'd suggest bringing rain gear.  Please bring a spare tube or patch kit.  I'm no expert at tire changing but I'll still try to help.  Usually there is someone along on a ride who is good at it but we can't count on that.  Since this Meetup is so new we will probably be a small group.  Bring a lunch and/or snack and plenty of fluids.  We will take a short break in Vernonia.

Directions:  Take US-26 W to Banks, take slight left on NW Banks Rd.  Can't get much simpler or easier than that!

I am not a professional hiking/cycling guide and my personal fitness trainer certification expired a long time ago so I must insist that all participants be responsible for their own safety and well-being.

Hope to see you on the trails and bike paths!





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  • Nandor

    Hello All,
    First of all I’d like to thank you for the wonderful ride, for your friendliness, help and empathy. Special thanks to Mike, who helped us to fix my daughter bike and got me some Advil. Except for my misfortune, or maybe I should say recklessness, it was a wonderful ride. I regret that I could not finish it. Yes, my collar bone is broken. The emergency room doctor said that it usually takes six weeks to heal and they cannot do much about it. In the near future, I will see a “bone” doctor and then I will probably know more.
    Thanks everybody for the ride and I hope I will be able to ride with you again.
    Nandor

    October 6, 2013

    • Jill M

      What a pleasure to meet you and your daughter, Nandor - you are a superhero!

      October 7, 2013

    • Jean

      And a tough one. A broken collar bone and you still managed to smile. Heal well and quickly.

      October 7, 2013

  • Bill B.

    Great ride and beautiful scenery! Enjoyed meeting everyone on the ride.

    October 5, 2013

    • Jill M

      Bill, what a pleasure to meet you - thanks for sweeping!

      1 · October 7, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Jill, I also was happy to meet you

      1 · October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Two avid cyclist-friends of mine have been telling me how beautiful this ride is.....now, I BELIEVE!!! Thank you Severt for organizing such a scenic ride. Thank you to all who rode yesterday; to those that I was able to chat with I did enjoy your company (how's the knee Linda??) This was my first ride with a large group, and was a bit apprehensive at first, you are a wonderful group of people. Keep on Pedaling!!! See you soon.

    1 · October 6, 2013

    • pdxlinder

      Hi Carrie. It was great to meet you. The knee is fine, thanks! What a great ride. I look forward to more.

      1 · October 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Glad to hear that; it was a pretty nasty spill. I look forward to more rides like this too (while the weather cooperates, that is.) Have a great day!

      October 7, 2013

  • Jill M

    Lived it. Thanks so much severt!

    October 5, 2013

    • Jill M

      Ooops, of course I meant that i LOVED it - guess I was tired when I wrote that...

      October 7, 2013

  • Cindy

    I only had one fall and rode over one snake, but I survived!!!

    October 5, 2013

    • Jill M

      Geez, what an adventure! Hoping you made it home for your fun dinner!

      October 7, 2013

  • Kinga

    Thank you all for being so nice and for all the help with the flat and my dad...
    He broke his collar bone and now he is resting - hopefully there will be no complications.
    Thank you again.

    October 5, 2013

    • Cindy

      Wow, I hope he feels better soon

      October 6, 2013

    • Jill M

      Pleasure to meet you Kinga - so sad for the mishap.

      October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone. I have done this ride twice and have eaten at the Blue House Cafe for lunch. It is the best Mediterranian food.
    You order at the counter and you can take your bikes into the restaurant and there are bike stands to put your bikes on.
    They have great gyros, soups, coffee.
    The first time I rode this trail the leader took us there
    The second time I rode this trail I suggested it to the group and got rave reviews.
    Anyone else interested in stopping for lunch there?
    Sara

    1 · September 29, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Sara, The Blue House Cafe sounds good to me. I always enjoy having a meal with the rest of the group after a ride

      September 29, 2013

    • Severt L.

      I had never had a lamb burger before now! :)

      October 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love this trail! Thanks for organising seevert:-)

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Len V.

    Great Ride on a Wonderful Day with Gutsy Bikers.

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Christophe C.

    Great ride Severt! Thanks again for a fun time. The group was nice to hang with. Hope Nandor heals well.

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Barb

    I am so sorry to email late, my daughter is sick and I cannot make it

    October 5, 2013

    • Severt L.

      I hope your daughter gets well soon!

      October 5, 2013

  • Mike H

    Fun ride, great day. Hope Nandor is okay, though.

    October 5, 2013

    • Severt L.

      I sent him an email so if I find out how he is doing I will let everybody know.

      1 · October 5, 2013

  • Severt L.

    9am and parking lot close to full,[masked] if 10am and still looking for parking

    October 5, 2013

    • Severt L.

      But lots of street parking half block away

      October 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Severt, thanks for organizing this wonderful bike adventure.

      October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic...a mighty good workout for me.

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Jean

    Long ride. Great bunch of people.

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • pdxlinder

    What a beautiful day! And what a great group!

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Bill B.

    I was able to find parking across the street in the gravel parking area

    October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Severt. Trying to become official hike leader.

    September 30, 2013

    • Severt L.

      Yep, I know, and if it wasn't for this ride I'd have been on your hike! Good luck!

      October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Wendy, It is at the end of the trail in Vernonia then you cycle back to Banks. Sara

    1 · September 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Sara...

      September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you know if we'll be near the cafe near the middle of our ride or at the end of it? Just wondering how much to bring to snack on if it's not till the end. I, too heard this place is very good. This ride has been on my bucket list for awhile! See you soon!

    September 30, 2013

  • Cindy

    Is it a mountain bike trail or ok for road bikes too?

    September 29, 2013

    • Severt L.

      Hey Cindy, the entire trail is paved and ideal for road bikes.

      1 · September 29, 2013

  • Nandor

    I have done this ride in May. It is a beautiful trail. I'm looking forward to doing it again.
    Nandor

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Bill B.

    I am looking forward to riding this trail again.

    September 29, 2013

  • Barb

    I have wanted go on this ride for a very long time!

    September 23, 2013

  • Mark A

    Wish I could join you, but I'm hosting the stairclimbing hike that day.

    September 20, 2013

    • Severt L.

      The 4,000 step hike?

      September 20, 2013

    • Severt L.

      Never mind, I just went and looked at your hike details for that day and my fears you were starting without me vanished instantly! :)

      September 20, 2013

  • Jill M

    This will be incentive to me to get some air in my tires LOL and the darn petals switched out too.

    1 · September 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      go girl...you can do it!

      2 · September 20, 2013

    • Severt L.

      I'm really glad you will be there, Jill, and that was a very nice thing to say in your intro, thanks!

      1 · September 20, 2013

  • Bill B.

    I did this ride for the first time on Labor Day and enjoyed the scenery very much! This is a link to pictures that I took: https://picasaweb.google.com/112631192995735150360/BanksVernoniaTrailBikeRide?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCPWAq4OVpfmEDw&feat=directlink

    September 19, 2013

    • Severt L.

      Thanks for posting the link to the pics, very nice! The one time I rode it was part of the 100-mile Beaverton Banks and Beyond Bicycle Tour and I was mostly just focused on surviving so didn't take many pictures!

      1 · September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a fantastic ride. Did it as a bike camping trip. Unfortunately I will be on the coast Oct 5:-( next time!

    September 19, 2013

    • Severt L.

      I've done it once before and thought it was incredible. Maybe next time!

      September 19, 2013

  • Jodi

    I've always wanted to do this ride!

    September 19, 2013

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