Exploring Sellwood with Lunch at Cartlandia (about 25 miles)
About the Ride: Okay, I have finally reworked the plan for this ride and it's going to be fun! We will start in NW Portland at Western Bike Works and over coffee, we'll talk about how to read and follow a bike map (a great skill to have for meandering around this Great City!). Then, YOU will lead ME to Sellwood and out the Springwater Corridor to Cartlandia, the SE Portland Food Cart Pod that welcomes cyclists and offers endless choices of ethnic and Americana cuisine! After lunch, we will return to Sellwood (via the route of YOUR choosing) and check out several Sellwood points of interest, such as:
• Reed College
• Eastmoreland neighborhood
• Rhododendron Garden
• Share-it Square
• Garthwick neighborhood
Many of you have been riding with me all Spring & Summer. We've learned a lot and this ride will help us put many of our new skills to use: cycling on bike paths and roads via bikeways & bike paths, riding safely as a group, practicing good ergonomics, planning a route, and having fun!
The Route: Well, now, that will be up to YOU!
Lesson: How to read and follow a bike map
Parking: Come a bit early to find a parking spot. Consider carpooling to make it easier (and cheaper). If you drive north of Western about 4-5 blocks you'll find free street parking and options for up to 5-hour parking. I don't know how long the ride will be, but I don't think we'll exceed 5 hrs, estimating closer to 4, but that's a guess. Please expect the ride to be longer than our usual rides.
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
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: Available at the trailhead - just remember to bring your bottle.
Restrooms: Available at Western and along the Springwater Corridor.
Pace and Terrain: This is a beginner ride with an easy pace of 12-14 mph. This is a comfortable riding speed for new cyclists and beginners. It is mostly flat on both paved bike trails and roads. Using the scale below, I would rate as B2. For more information, contact Carolyn at [masked] or[masked]-3534.
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
· 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]
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]