This is the third Team Red group ride of 2014, open to anyone. You don’t have to be registered with Tour de Cure and you don’t have to be a member of Team Red. This is not a Tour de Cure or American Diabetes Association sponsored event. Team Red is the team that supports the Red Riders, those who ride with diabetes, and having a group ride is a way to socialize and get to know each other. Anyone can ride with Team Red.
The route starts at Blue Lake Park. There is a five dollar day use fee to be paid via a machine at the toll booth. After the toll booth take the first left and park in the big parking lot you see right away. There is a nearby restroom available.
Here is the link to the route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4333329
The route goes left out of Blue Lake Park, then a left on Marine Drive. When we see the path on the right, we will take the bike path along the Columbia River. When the path crosses Marine Drive we will stay on the road as there is a wide shoulder for a bike lane and traffic isn’t very heavy on a Saturday. At Bridgeton Road we take a right and follow the road to the Channel’s Edge Coffee Shop at about mile 11.9 for a social stop. The Channel’s Edge is in a converted houseboat that was dragged up from the river in the 1940s. There is a room in the front and a deck with lots of seating that looks out over the houseboat community on the Columbia River. There is a lunch menu and a full range of coffee, tea and other drinks available.
After the social stop, we will pedal back on Marine Drive and stay on the road all the way back to Blue Lake Park.
The total distance is about 24 miles and the terrain is flat. The scenery is exceptional.
You must carry your own water and food, wear a helmet, fix your own flats, and bring whatever else you might need. Also bring cash for the social stop.
Everybody, please try to wear a Tour de Cure jersey so that we can brand our event to passing cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. You can wear a Red Rider, Team Red or Tour de Cure jersey.
If there are a lot of different speeds we will regroup at strategic points. No one is too slow. You can ride any type of bike. Bring a camera. This is a social ride.
There may be a headwind, and thus a tailwind.