this is a nice ride 56 miles from my house. loud on hwy 30 on the way in sections, but otherwise a pretty nice, pleasant, flat route.
The pace is going to be vigorous at times. Several regrouping opportunities we will take advantage of:
1.) we will ride together to get to Marine Drive together (strung out, but together).
2.) fast on Marine Drive regrouping at 33rd, and ride together on Bridgton Road, and on to the other side of Hwy 5 on Marine Drive via bikeway.
3.) regroup at bathroom at Kelly Point Park
4.) ride together to Hwy 30
5.) regroup at store on Sauvie
6.) regroup at store again on Sauvie
7.) regroup at St. Helens Road and Hwy 30 (or at Western Bike Works)
8.) ride together through town, over the Steel Bridge and all the way back.
Take it easy, have some fun. Dress for super cold weather.
Sign up sheet will be in effect.
I'll heat the house so we can warm up and snack on something when we get back.
If the ride gets "wildly popular" as I could hear Eric say, then I prefer to have separate smaller groups go out (like the Portland Velo does). We will play it by ear.
Also, I want to take this opportunity to talk to anyone interested in signing up a new sponsor to our group that I've been working on.