We tried this ride on May 4, 2014 but were rained out. I stopped by the park last weekend and the facilities are all open (bathrooms, water). The flower gardens are still in lovely shape, with many rhododendrons and azaleas still in their prime. The weather forecast for the weekend is perfect. I'd encourage everyone to bring some walking shoes and spend some time before or after the ride taking a stroll in the park. How about some casual riding and a breakfast with conversation on a Sunday morning? It's nice to relax on a Sunday, so this route is about as casual as it gets. We'll toodle for 12.85 miles from Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro to the South Store Café at the crossroads of Scholls then toodle back. That's 25.7 miles with only 770 feet of climbing. Nothing special about the route, just quiet rural scenery. We might see a peacock, some horses and an alpaca or three. Oh, and by "toodle" I mean riding at a purely conversational pace. If you can't sing while riding you're going to fast. I'd have us regrouping at the top of hills but there are none. Ride a hybrid bike. Pull down the dusty mountain bike. Do it on a cruiser. Put weights on your shoes. This ride is for anybody. It's mostly on roads with little/no traffic, so a good ride for those just getting used to group rides.
Here's the route:
And here's the menu:
This will be an absolutely fabulous, fantastic, A1 ride!
A = 12 & Under
1 = Flat
Mandatory for all riders. Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement and not a request. Obey traffic laws and remember you’re a representative of the greater cycling community and should conduct yourself that way on the road, represent us well. All riders are responsible to have their gear in good working order and bring a flat kit & spare tube on all rides.
Sx4 is a weekly Sunday morning social ride. Advanced riders will be expected to hold back and maintain the group pace. The pace will be social. Yes, these are social rides, not maniac hammerfests! The rides will explore the SW Pdx suburbs and surrounding rural areas (focusing on the Scholls/Chehalem Mountains area, from Newberg to Forest Grove).