Beginner Bike Ride - Foothills Trail, Orting!

 

Hello one and all! Join us Saturday afternoon, April 4 for our ride on the eastern half of the Foothills Trail, downtown Orting to South Prairie and back. This ride is focused on beginners, so if you’ve never gone on an organized bike ride but would like to try one - this one’s for you!


Overall ride description: we’ll ride a very gently climbing 8 miles on the car-free, paved bike trail from Orting to South Prairie, where we’ll stop for coffee, snacks and conversation before cruising back. Estimated ride time each direction 30-60 minutes; about 30 minutes-plus stopped at Trailside Coffee (if you feel like sitting around and chatting for a while I won't be in any rush). No-drop aka no-one-gets-left-behind policy; ride leader will ride sweep ie last both directions.


Who may participate: any TMS member, or friend of same, with a bike and helmet. For liability reasons no minors or pets allowed.


Date and time: Saturday, April 6; be unloaded at the Orting Park Bandstand, ready to ride at 2:00pm sharp. Suggested you show up by 1:45pm so you have time to sign in, then unload and get ready. We won’t wait if you’re late, so please be on time! It’s nice to arrive early, get ready, sign in with the ride leader, chat with your new friends.


The ride: Starting from Orting City Park Bandstand (across the street from front door of Orting Bakery) we'll ride a pretty flat 3 miles past spectacular Carbon River views. A very gentle climb for the last 5 miles takes us to the tiny burg of South Prairie, where we'll stop for refreshments at Trailside Coffee (literally "trailside", their very nice gazebo is about 10 feet off the trail, on the left). After sitting and chatting for a while we'll enjoy a gentle downhill cruise back to the Carbon River, three more flat miles to ride's end at the city park.


Optional post-ride extra mileage: If our ride wasn't enough for you - after you get back to Orting City Park, and ride's end, you can go off-ride (on your own, no support etc), keep riding NW on the Foothills Trail, another 3 miles to Meeker or 7 miles to the western trailhead at East Puyallup. Our ride is about 16 miles; you can get a total of 22 (Meeker) or 30 (E. Puyallup), or just cruise back and forth for a few days...

 

What you’ll need: A bicycle that works; a helmet (mandatory!); weather appropriate clothing; money for snacks, a desire to have fun! Highly recommended: a spare tube that fits your tire, a small bike-mounted bag to carry things. Strongly suggested you buy a +/- $20 floor pump, with a pressure gauge, from Fred Meyers or such. This will allow you to inflate your tires at home when necessary; check tire pressures and inflate before rides.

 

Want to learn more? We're having a Beginning Bike Rider's Class at the ride start location, 1:00pm. If you haven't done a lot of biking you can learn some useful things. Please sign up on the separate TMS listing, above.

 

Pre-Ride Prep: Please please PLEASE take your bike for a couple hundred yards' “test ride” at least a few days before the bike ride. If you discover your tires are flat, your gears or brakes don’t work, etc etc you can get these problems solved, either by yourself or at a bike shop. Ride leader will not have time to repair bikes on ride morning. Showing up for a ride with a bike that “suddenly” doesn’t work is no fun.

 

Rain: Heavy rain cancels ride. Light rain – fog – mist – “just another Northwest Spring Day” does not cancel. If conditions are questionable ride leader will, by 8:00am ride morning, post an appropriate Go-No Go note on this page.

 

Ride start: Ride starts and finishes at the Orting City Park Bandstand. If you Google Map "Orting Bakery" (212 Washington Avenue North, Orting) and "Trailside Cyclery (207 Van Scoyoc Ave SW, Orting) zoom in real close so you see both on the map - the bandstand is the square building in the park, between these two. There's a gravel parking road near the bandstand, along Van Scoyoc and next to the park. Ride leader's silver 1992 Subaru wagon will be parked there, with a black stick holding up the tailgate, unless it's super crowded and we need to park elsewhere.


Bathrooms and water: NO bathrooms or water fountains along the entire ride. Bottled water for sale at Trailside Coffee.There's a brick bathroom building in Orting Park, about 1 block NE of ride start. Be prepared before the ride begins; after drinking coffee in South Prairie you'll have just enough time to zip back to Orting...

 

Ride leader: Jim Harvey, email [masked]; phone[masked]-6758. There’s no such thing as a stupid question if you don’t know the answer; if you have any questions, any at all, please contact Jim - the sooner the better.


We hope to see you out there – you’ll have fun!

 

 

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  • Jim H.

    I had a great time! Threats of rain scared most people off this lovely trail; we pretty much had it to ourselves. And we saw a beaver pond! A little sprinkle the last couple miles, nothing special. Thanks to all who came!

    April 11, 2013

  • Sue

    This was a really fun ride along a beautiful trail. Enjoyable group! Whatever anti-rain dance that Jim danced beforehand really worked...despite the forecasts, the only rain was the last mile and a half on the return.

    April 6, 2013

  • Tom B

    Sorry but I pulled a leg muscle yesterday and its not getting better

    April 6, 2013

  • Mark O

    I am not going to make this after all. Got carried away with house cleaning & time slipped by.

    April 6, 2013

  • Mara

    This sounds like fun. I need to get a bike & helmet!

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry change of plans this weekend. I thought it was a morning ride....blonde me.

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ann..just fell on my bike, left cheek puffing up, will take it easy. Will join you all next time, have fun

    April 4, 2013

    • Jim H.

      Ow! Sorry to hear it, no fun there. Rest up and we'll see you next time - Jim

      April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope u have good weather

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it after all - so sorry!

    April 3, 2013

  • Frank Y.

    did it today from mcmillin to buckley awsome trailand the day was nice!

    April 3, 2013

  • Sue

    I'm a weather wimp.

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    some medical probs deter me from pariticpating, but i will eventually join this season!!

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait!

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Jim, do you mind to re confirm the address again? According to my iMap, 205 Washington Ave N (near Safeway gas station) seems to be 3 blocks away from the Orting Bakery.

    March 29, 2013

    • Jim H.

      Addresses? We don't need any stinking addresses!! The ride starts in the city park across the street from the Orting Bakery's front door. We'll probably meet near the bandstand in this park block. Parking is on the gravel street/lot "behind" the park. Safeway is 2 blocks west (two blocks toward the start of our first ride, two weeks ago). Between Safeway and the bandstand is another park block with a brick bathroom building. Parking may be very limited if this is a sunny afternoon. So - if you can find the Bakery, we're across the street. Get there EARLY, we roll at 2pm; if you're late you're on your own - Jim

      1 · March 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I know the rules. Be nice

      March 31, 2013

  • Frank Y.

    Im excited

    March 29, 2013

  • Sharon

    Was looking forward to the ride but do to toenail surgery doctor said ins't a good idea, so I will plan for the next ride.

    March 29, 2013

  • sharon kay b.

    I really enjoyed the ride on sat. 23rd. Especially the bakery!!

    March 25, 2013

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