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"Ride Like A Girl" Sadie Hawkins Day! (Beginners 15-mi) Penn Trail to Kelly Pt.

It's A Couple's Ride - but Singles are Welcome!

Ride Like A Girl is putting her own spin on "Sadie Hawkin's Day"!
This fun American folk tradition encourages girls to chase the boys. So in the spirit of extending a friendly welcome to our gentlemen friends, we have declared this to be
a special ride where a woman invite one man to be her guest and join us on a lovely bike ride through North Portland! The ride includes stopping for a picnic lunch at Kelly Point Park, so be sure to pack some sandwiches and goodies.



  • Please include "1 guest" when you RSVP to this event. Yes, this is intended to be a "couples" ride.  Limit: one man guest per cyclist!
  • Couples will have priority over singles. If we have space single riders are welcome. If we run short of space I will be prioritizing couples above singles in the spirit of the "Sadie Hawkins" theme.
  • Be aware that this same ride is available for women only on 6/7.

Gentlemen - here is what you need to know:

  1. You must be invited by a woman who is participating in this group ride in order to join us. She will submit an RSVP on your behalf. Do not RSVP to this ride yourself!!!
  2. If you are a stronger cyclist (you enjoy climbing hills, descending at death-grip speeds, and think Skyline is your playground), you may want to participate in the pre-ride for men only which will be hosted by Carolyn's husband, Michael. He has agreed to take all you energetic men on a pre-ride to tire you out a bit so you will be agreeable to slow your pace a bit when you join us (10-13 mph). This pre-ride is not required, you may elect to join us gals at the starting point: Peninsula Crossing Trailhead (see above).
  3. Tell your hostess ("girlfriend") you want to participate in the pre-ride. She will need to supply your email address with her RSPV so Michael can contact you with pre-ride instructions.

What is Sadie Hawkin's Day? Click here to learn more about how a hillbilly comic trip inspired this pop culture phenomenon known as "Sadie Hawkin's Day".

About the Ride: This is a flat and easy 15-mile ride on paved bike paths and wide sidewalk trails. We will start at the Princeton Street trailhead in North Portland, follow it across Columbia Blvd (at Portsmouth) and take Marine Drive Trail to Kelly Point Park. We'll find a good spot for a picnic lunch and then reverse our route to return to the starting point. Details here:

Meeting Point: North Princeton Street and Carey Boulevard. The well-marked Peninsula Crossing trailhead is at this L-shaped intersection with lots of free street parking.


  • Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement for all NW Butts on Bikes rides. This is one of the basic (and simple) ways we protect ourselves from injury. Please don't forget your helmet!
  • Bring a right-size spare tube. If you get a flat, we can probably help, but you need to supply the tube!
  • Your bike must be in in good working order. If you're not sure, stop by a local bike shop and ask a mechanic to look it over for safety and basic ridability. Western Bikeworks on NW 17th and NW Lovejoy is one of many friendly shops that are happy to do this.Anything more technical than a flat and you may need to walk the route or call someone for help. Let's do our best to avoid those scenarios by having your bike in good shape!
  • Cell phone Never go on a ride without one!
  • No ear buds please!

Strongly recommended:

  • riding/cycling gloves helps keep a good grip in spite of perspiration; protects your hands from blistering, and protects your skin in the unlikely event of a fall.
  • sun/riding glasses (protection yourself from the sun and little flying bugs that can wreck your vision in an instant!)
  • Water: none at the trailhead (bring water bottle)

Restrooms: None at the trailhead (starting point) but restrooms are available at Kelly Point Park.

Pace and Terrain: This is a beginner ride with an easy pace of 10-13 mph. This is a comfortable riding speed for new cyclists and beginners. It is mostly flat on paved bike trails and extra wide sidewalks. We will cross two busy streets (Columbia Blvd and Marine Drive). Using the scale below, I would rate as B1. For more information, contact Carolyn at [masked].

Ride Difficulty Scale For Road Rides

Flatland Windless Cruising Pace

· A 12 & Under

· B 13-14 MPH

· C 15-16 MPH

· D 17-18 MPH

· E 19-20 MPH

· F 21-23 MPH

Terrain/Climbing Rating

· 1 = Flat

· 2 = Flat/Rolling

· 3 = Rolling

· 4 = Rolling / Hilly

· 5 = Hilly

· 6 = Hilly Mountainous

· 7= Mountainous

Weather Policy: This ride will only cancel for heavy rain. Light showers are no big deal, especially for such a short ride. Consider wearing a light wind breaker type jacket if showers are in the forecast. (I can't tell you how many times that days with showers in the forecast turned out to be dry and beautiful.)

Ride Leaders: Carolyn [masked]) & Janet. Michael will lead the optional pre-ride for the men who would like to get in some miles and hills before joining us gals.

Ride Like A Girl is a subgroup of Northwest Butts on Bikes Meetup group. It is a beginner cycling group for women who want to improve their cycling and bike safety skills. For more information contact [masked]

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  • Ryan C.


    June 22, 2013

  • Linda G.

    This was very fun and we enjoyed meeting other couples who are getting into cycling! Hopefully another Sadie Hawkins Day ride can be arranged! Thanks Carolyn and Michael!

    June 22, 2013

  • Carol H.

    Awesome ride and great group!

    June 22, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    Singles welcome!

    June 21, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    Remember to pack a lunch. We'll be stopping at Kelley Point Park for lunch

    June 21, 2013

  • Marty L.

    so sorry to have to pass!

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I could be there with my feller but we are traveling for month of June. Darn!

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    don't have a partner... next time!

    May 23, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    Hey Ladies, just a friendly reminder that this is a couples ride. Would really like to make this open for the guys to join us. If you're bringing a date, please add 1 guest to your RSVP. If we run short of space I will be prioritizing couples above singles in the spirit of the "Sadie Hawkins" theme. Be aware that this ride is available for women only on 6/7. -Carolyn

    May 13, 2013

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