Roughly 4 years ago I started riding bikes on rides as long as I could stand in training for the 2010 Great Divide Mountain Bike Race. I made a fairly successful crossing in 2010 and said I wouldn’t come back in 2011. Well 2011 rolled around and I still had the bug to get back out there, this time attempting the slightly longer Tour Divide. I rode it to nearly half way until a number of mental and physical setbacks took their toll and I withdrew.
Quitting something that you’d spent months planning for is never fun. While at times I may regret my decision mildly to pull the plug on that last bike race, mostly I’m glad and have used the past year and a half to focus on what I please. That focus has led me to the 325 mile day which I look to knock out some time in the upcoming months. Below is a map of that route, it’s an out and back starting in PDX. The route mostly consists of the 132 mile Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.
So I’m doing this mostly for myself, but also to raise funds to build an industrial bike trailer. Check out the WePay. Basically, if I can get the funds for the wheels, the frame materials will be pretty inexpensive.
I’ve spent a lot of time training for this ride, the route that I’m riding is relatively car free. However the cities it passes through can be very unsafe in certain conditions. There are lots of ways we can improve paths for cyclists here in Oregon. The video below from Bikes Belong gives some good insight on how our cities could be designed.
I feel that my hometown of Portland, OR has what it takes to make better bike infrastructure like in the video above. I hope that the construction of an a bike trailer makes it a little more evident to the vehicular traffic the necessity for bike specific space. A trailer isn’t going to be the “be all and end all” of bike infrustructure but it’s a path to a better vision of the future. If you are interested in helping fund this creation once again here’s the link to the WePay.
I will be doing delayed livestreaming of the big bike ride.
See you in the valley.