Check out the page below to learn what to expect when you choose to go on an adventure with us.
2018 Trip Details
August 17th - 19th, 2018
Friday, August 17
10:00 am Meet at New Seasons Market
1954 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
10:30 am Ride out, includes lunch stop (bring your own lunch).
5:00 pm (approx) Arrive at basecamp
Sunday, August 19
11:00am Leave basecamp and bike to Hillsboro MAX
3:00pm Arrive at New Seasons Market
Location & Amenities
Basecamp is a private homestead that sits among the rolling hills and wineries of Cornelius, Oregon. Our host's name is Francine, and she is enthusiastic to share her space with our group.
The address is 8035 SW Iowa Hill Rd. Cornelius, OR.
- Private bathroom with sink and toilet
- Hot water for your own meal prep
- A shared outlet for phone charging (may be limited access due to number of participants)
- Pond for swimming, and shade for relaxing
- Are cute goats considered amenities?!
Link to Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28260547
There will be one guided group ride on Friday. We'll depart from NE Portland and ride 35 miles. The route takes us through the West Hills and into rolling farmland. We will prioritize rest breaks, water and snacks. No one will be left behind.
Starting location to Forest Park (Thurman Entrance) is ~5 miles.
Chapter 1: Forest Park
~10 miles, gradual climb on packed dirt and packed thick gravel. We will be riding over rocks that are stuck in the ground, and there are a few small areas with gravel that moves as you ride over it.
*Tip: When you're riding on gravel, keep steadily pedaling as best as you can. This helps to glide over the surface. Relax your handlebar grip as much as possible, and breathe.
Larger tires are recommended if you have the option.
Chapter 2: Downhill Springville Rd.
~4 miles, long descent on smooth, 2-lane pavement road.
*Tip: When going down hill, pulse your brakes rather than grabbing and holding them. Pulse both brakes at roughly the same time. Adjust your body positioning back on your bike. You can also sit up slightly to use your body to increase wind resistance.
Chapter 3: Through The Parks
~6 miles, protect paved bike path through connection of city parks.
*Tip: Keep an eye on the bike lane, and stay right for oncoming bike/pedestrian traffic. Signal/announce when group is slowing down to avoid a pile up.
Chapter 4: Main Street & Country Road Home Stretch
~10 miles, protected bike lane on Main St. and Country Roads. We will stop in Hillsboro (approx half way) for drinks and snacks prior to our last few miles to camp. If you are biking independently using the Ride with GPS cue sheet: take note that the route ends shortly before making it to base camp; keep the address handy for reference.
*Tip: Use hand signals and communicate verbally to group when needed.
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On the way home, we will be biking to the Hillsboro MAX station, landing downtown, and then biking over to our SE starting location.
You're welcome to "exit" the ride home at any point and go your own way.
Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday will consist of coffee, hard boiled eggs and fixins for oatmeal. If you would like to eat anything other than this, please bring it on your own.
Lunch is not provided. You will need lunch or snacks on Friday; we will stop in a park to eat. Lunch on Saturday is also on your own. There will be snack foods around camp (chips, blackberries etc).
Dinner on Friday is provided, and dinner Saturday is provided.
Drinks. Fresh, cold well water is provided from the spigot. We will have a few cases of bubbly water. You will have a chance to purchase drinks on Friday at Grocery Outlet or a Carniceria in Hillsboro; this will be our last store stop before riding to camp. Our support vehicles can drive items back to camp.
Ice chests will be available to store cold items.
Friday - Travel Day
Lunch - in a park, bring your own
Dinner- at camp, provided
Saturday At Camp
Breakfast - eggs and oatmeal provided, bring extra if needed
Lunch - bring your own, some snacks available
Dinner - provided
(summer salad theme)
Sunday - Travel Day
Breakfast - eggs and oatmeal provided, bring extra if needed
Lunch - back in Portland, on your own
Saturday Activity Options
Choose your own adventure
- Morning Yoga with Mercedes on the grass
Floating in the pond
Quiet relaxation - walk around, read, crafts etc.
Visit the goats
Campfire & S'mores
Here's a list of essentials for our 3-day event. Keep in mind that all of these items will need to be carried on your bike for the duration of the ride (a few hours, minimum). We suggest panniers over backpacks and getting creative with attaching stuff to your bike.
Rag for cleaning
Extra tube & patch kit
Toothbrush & paste
Headlamp or light
Portable phone charger
Plastic bags for shoe covers, wet clothes, etc.
A few extra zip-loc bags
Cash (including TriMet MAX fare)
Refillable container for water
Any medications or supplements
Your picnic lunch for Friday
Your breakfast & lunch for Saturday & Sunday
Bowl, utensil, cup for coffee or tea
Cycling outfit: whatever you prefer to bike in! (padded bike shorts are highly recommended)
At least 1 additional outfit for camp & lounging
Cold weather camp clothes (whatever you need for temps down to 40), e.g., hoodie, sweatshirt, long underwear, warm socks
Change of underwear
Camp shoes or flip flops
Swimsuit/clothes for pond fun
NICE TO HAVE/IF THERE’S ROOM
Tire levers, chain lube, mini pump
Folding chair or stool
Pen(s) & notebook
Bungee, extra line, carabiners, etc.
Stamps for postcards
Cards or other games to play
We can haul larger items (shared canopy, camp chairs etc). Let us know if this applies for you and we'll coordinate transport. If you've already mentioned your needs in the registration form we'll be in touch.
There are a few ways we can prepare individually and support each other during the warm weather:
Use some electrolyte tablets if you can.
Create your own air conditioner.
It can help to have sun coverage with a lightweight fabric (loose fitting long sleeves in a light color can do the trick). At the stops, you can pour some water on yourself and feel the a.c. effect when you start rolling again. Don't forget sunglasses, a visor, and sun protection.
Be mindful of how you feel. Please ask for help.
We hope that you feel a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment with this bike ride. If you find yourself beyond a safe space for your body and mind please let us know what we can do to help you. If needed, we can easily arrange to have someone in a vehicle pick you up and drive to camp.