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Weekday Banks-Vernonia Bicycle Ride

Where:  Banks- Vernonia Trailhead, Banks, OR

When:  Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Time:  11 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 scheduled on a weekday will probably be a small group.  Bring a lunch and/or snack and plenty of fluids.  We will take a short break in Vernonia.

This is a fairly easy ride as far as rides go but it IS 42 miles long so please take your personal level of conditioning into consideration when deciding whether or not to RSVP for this ride.

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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  • Maury

    Severt led an awesome ride on an absolutely spectacular Autumn day. It was sunny and warm (72 degrees mind you!) as we rode along in our shorts and t-shirts. We basked outside in the sun during a tasty lunch knowing we were enjoying one of the very last delightful days of the season. The Fall colors were vibrant as were the strong riders that made this trip so much fun!

    October 23, 2013

  • Randy R.

    Tuesday & Thursday are for rock climbing, but I plan to ride this trail soon. I know it will be a beautiful and fun ride - enjoy!

    October 20, 2013

  • Severt L.

    Kellye, just to let you know, there are 5 riders from MOAB that will be joining us on the ride so it won't be just the 2 of us.

    October 16, 2013

  • Judy S.

    I'm going to have to pass on this ride. I am scheduled to work that day. Sure wish I could go, I may have to do this solo another day! have fun

    October 15, 2013

    • Severt L.

      Hey Judy, if you ever have a day off that you know of far enough in advance let me know and I'll see if I can get something scheduled.

      October 16, 2013

  • Judy S.

    i signed up yes, but it is actually a maybe, It will depend on my work schedule which I won't know for a few more days! I rode this many years ago, long before it was all paved. Looking forward to doing it again. Thanks for a mid week ride, as I always work weekends!

    October 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    thanks Severt!

    October 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope you can do this again on a Th., Fri., or Sat. when I'm not working....looking forward to the brilliant foliage...I don't think we could tire of this beautiful bike trail!

    October 7, 2013

    • Severt L.

      As long as there are people willing to go, I'll be scheduling at least 1 of these a month. I'll continue to vary between weekdays and weekends so that everybody gets an opportunity to go.

      October 7, 2013

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