I haven't been on my bike lately, and I miss it. In fact, my bike is sitting here right now in the office with me, giving me a dirty look and beckoning for me to take it outside, rain or shine. I guess I am kind of a wimp. I see those hardy Portlanders who battle the elements each day for their bike commute, wearing rain pants and gloves, toiling over the bridges in the cold rain. They arrive at their destinations with red cheeks, teary eyes, and sniffling noses--yet smug in their superiority to those of us driving cars or riding the bus. They have earned their toned legs and expansive lungs, while I watch the scale slowly creep up with inevitable winter weight gain. Sigh. I always tell myself "maybe next year". Maybe next year I will bike commute year round instead of just during the nicer weather. Oh wait, it already IS next year. In fact, I just realized it is not too late to register for the Worst Day of The Year Ride
, here in Portland on February 15th. What is the Worst Day of the Year Ride, you might ask? Well, let me tell you...
SO VERY PORTLAND
Cold, Windy, and Raining...a perfect day for a ride. Last year over 2,100 people braved the elements to tour the Rose City. Unfortunately(??), the weather did not cooperate - it was beautiful for the seventh year in a row! This year we are keeping our fingers crossed for sideways rain, or maybe even a little sleet. Afterward, enjoy a finish line party of soul-warming, handmade soup, VEGETARIAN CHILI, AND FOCACCIA. There are two route options, an 18-miles Urban Tour and a 40-mile Challenge Loop to Hillsboro.
Historically, February 9 is both the coldest and wettest day in Oregon history; -54 degrees in 1933 [Ukiah], and 28 inches of rain in 4 days in 1996.
Hmm, given the amount of sustenance offered on this do-able 18 mile urban Portland tour, this just might be my kind of event.
You start at one of my favorite Portland hangouts, the Lucky Lab Brewpub (SE Hawthorne), where you'll start your day with doughnuts and coffee. Fueled by high blood sugar, you'll head over the bridge to REI, where you can have some chai and fresh fruit. Sustained for a little longer, you can head back over the bridge to the Community Cycling Center (CCC), or if you are less lazy than I am, you can joing the Challenge Loop and head from Downtown REI to the Hillsboro REI instead. By now you must be hungry and thirsty, so have some cocoa and cookies. Ride back to the Bike Gallery East for some hot cider and more snacks. Laden down with ten extra pounds of carbohydrates, you'll need to pedal really hard to make it back to the finish line at Lucky Lab, for the finish line party! Woo hoo! Toast yourself with a Lucky Lab brewski. Enjoy some free soup, vegetarian chili, and focaccia bread.
If this sounds like fun, perhaps you will join me and register for the Worst Day of The Year Ride. Go to
If you register at REI, Lucky Lab, Bike Gallery, or CCC, you can save $5. Also, if you become a member of ORBike.com you can also save $5 plus get a free beer or beverage at the finish line.
The Details from ORBike.com:
This ride is a benefit for the Community Cycling Center's bicycle programs for low-income youth and adults. Helmets are required, even if that gets in the way of your costume!
There is a 3,000 rider limit, so REGISTER NOW!
Event Date: Sunday, Feb 15
Event Time: Start 10-11am, 40-mile Challengers at 9am
Location: Lucky Lab Restaurant
915 SE Hawthorne
Fees: 18-mile urban tour - advance: $35.00
40-mile challenge route - advance: $35.00
Child (10 y.o. and under): $10.00
Online Registration Closes: Thu, Feb 12, 2009 11:59 PM PST
Want to join me for the fun as we laugh and brave the Portland elements for the Worst Day of the Year Ride? Reply to this posting, and maybe we can get a group going!