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Speaking of Bikes, join the Portland Ride to Trek for Trees

We're in the early stages of organizing a Portland ride to join with Cascadia Forest Defense on their benefit ride Trek for Trees. Soliciting bike mechanics and food supples. I'll be flyering at Critical Mass this evening and working on a more comprehensive announcement on Indymedia.
Trek for Trees is a benefit ride out of Eugene. Eugene is about 110 miles away. The benefit ride is about 40 miles each way. Do you like to ride bikes a lot? Join us on a ride down to Eugene, out to the cancelled Winberry Creek timber sale where we'd camp out with Eugene forest activists and supporters, ride back to Eugene, and back up to Portland. We'd also camp somewhere halfway between Portland and Eugene. A novel experiment in connecting activist communities by bike, staying close to the Willamette River which connects these two cites. The ride should average 50 miles a day, which most people should be able to handle.

Trek for Trees is a fundraiser for Eugene forest defense, and it works through the pledge system. Get a pledge form, find some sponsors, and do the ride. Cascadia Forest Defense then asks the pledgee for the donation to support their awesome forest defense campaign. If enough Portlanders go on this ride, they could probably patch some proceeds back to the local Cascadia Forest Alliance office. I'll put pledge forms in the CFA office at 16th and Clinton, or get them from me in North Portland. With such a long trip, we want plenty of bike repairing skill, and food donations would be welcome. Please contact me if you're interested or want to help. Anyone who lives between should feel free to join us partway.

Much thanks and live brightly!

homepage: homepage: http://www.cascadiasummer.org
phone: phone: (503) 493-9049

Dates? 31.Aug.2003 18:17

White Lilac

sounds like fun, what are the dates? i think the trek for trees will be sept. 13 & 14 ... so this would be the 11th and 12th?

Oh yeah, the dates 31.Aug.2003 19:49

Thimble mesa@riseup.net

To get down there and back up, the full ride, I'm allotting 6 days. Two days to get down, two days for the Trek, and two to come back up, which would take from September 11th-16th. There are numerous options for getting to Eugene or coming back more quickly, such as Amtrack, Greyhound, and a free commuter bus from Salem to Wilsonville. I'm planning that we should meet at 8 in the morning of September 11th, talk the ride over amongst ourselves, and leave by 9. If we met at the Cascadia Forest Alliance office at SE 16th and Clinton, we could take either of the two initial routes that look most promising.

There will be at least a modicum of bicycle technical repair ability on hand, and a couple light-weight bike carts for extra gear that can't be fitted on a bike (but we'll have to take turns pulling it). But everyone should bring an extra bike tube at least, so we can changeover quickly if there is a puncture, and then fix the popped tube when we camp at night. Also, be aware that if the weather isn't still bright and sunny by then, we'll need raingear, tarps, etc, which might be beyond most people's means for this kind of trip.

I'm also still a little confused as to what we should do for food. Not being sure of what kind of camping sites we'll be able to find, I'm reluctant to count on being able to have open fires, nor am I looking forward to hauling cook-ware. Perhaps some of us could meet the night before and prepare a couple days worth of trail food, to get us to Eugene, and we could make some more food for the return trip after the Trek ends.

Since Indymedia was kind enough to feature this announcement, complete with one of the old Trek t-shirt designs, I won't be making another announcement after-all, I'll just post updates here and on the email list I'm collecting. Thanks for the good feedback, it's great to see people interested in this bike trip.

(503) 493-9049

Update on ride 06.Sep.2003 10:19

Thimble

I'll be out of town until Tuesday night, I'll try to answer email while I'm away. Wednesday I need to finish switching out my old shredded bike tires, and I'm thinking of making a kinda of chocolatey-energy-bar thingy to help keep us moving on the trip Wednesday night. If anyone wants to help, or has a kitchen in SE where we can cook, that would be neat.

Then meeting at 8 am Thursday morning at 16th and Clinton, going over our preparations and route and leaving by nine. I just got a message from Corey, who left on this same trip a week early, and he has route and camping suggestions (attached below). It sounds like it took a little over two days to make the trip.

Some suggestions on things to bring:

Per person:
extra tube
quart to half gallon of water
Light clothing (recently I've noticed how important air cooling can be)
Rain stuff (if it looks like rain)
Minimal camping gear (sleeping bag, tarp)
Food (plus we'll be making some energy food Wednesday night)
panniers (if available - we're planning on bringing a mountain-bike cart for stuff that won't fit)
A few dollars for camping site fees
Check seat height for proper leg extension b4 we leave

In the group:
hex wrenches/other tools
air pump
patch kit/tools
Sunscreen
Map

--- Email from Corey ---
phew! just made it to eugene ten minutes ago. not a
bad trip though, as long as you follow the river, its
flat. i took the bus (#12) to sherwood, then took 99w
to 219s, around salem, everything got screwy, so i
don't remmember what i did from there, but take 51s to
independence, from there is a little country road that
will take you near corvalis, go through corvalis then
took 34e to peoria ave, south to junction city, then
take river road south to eugene. my advice about
camping: between portland and corvalis there are
several campsites, so plan to stop at one for the
night. i've heard they only are supposed to charge $2
for bike camping, if they charge at all. but betweem
corvalis and eugene, there ain't SHIT. it sucks.
good luck finding a spot. i ended up sleeping in a
mosquito filled ditch under a bridge outside of
harrisburg. it sucked. but, you can probably make
about 40-50 miles a day comfortably. just plan try
and plan your campspots better than i did.
good luck, and have fun,

Bike Ride Update... 06.Sep.2003 10:56

Thimble mesa@riseup.net

I'll be out of town until Tuesday night, I'll try to answer email while I'm away. Wednesday I need to finish switching out my old shredded bike tires, and I'm thinking of making a kinda of chocolatey-energy-bar thingy to help keep us moving on the trip Wednesday night. If anyone wants to help, or has a kitchen in SE where we can cook, that would be neat.

Then meeting at 8 am Thursday morning at Se 16th & Clinton, going over our preparations and route and leaving by nine. I just got a message from Corey, who left on this same trip a week early, and he has route and camping suggestions (attached below). It sounds like it took a little over two days to make the trip.

Some suggestions on things to bring:

Per person:
extra tire tube
quart to half gallon of water
Light clothing (recently I've noticed how important air cooling can be)
Rain stuff (if it looks like rain)
Minimal camping gear (sleeping bag, tarp)
Food (plus we'll be making some energy food Wednesday night)
panniers (if available - we're planning on bringing a mountain-bike cart for stuff that won't fit)
A few dollars for camping site fees
Check seat height for proper leg extension b4 we leave

In the group:
hex wrenches/other tools
air pump
patch kit/tools
Sunscreen
Map

--- Email from Corey ---
phew! just made it to eugene ten minutes ago. not a
bad trip though, as long as you follow the river, its
flat. i took the bus (#12) to sherwood, then took 99w
to 219s, around salem, everything got screwy, so i
don't remmember what i did from there, but take 51s to
independence, from there is a little country road that
will take you near corvalis, go through corvalis then
took 34e to peoria ave, south to junction city, then
take river road south to eugene. my advice about
camping: between portland and corvalis there are
several campsites, so plan to stop at one for the
night. i've heard they only are supposed to charge $2
for bike camping, if they charge at all. but betweem
corvalis and eugene, there ain't SHIT. it sucks.
good luck finding a spot. i ended up sleeping in a
mosquito filled ditch under a bridge outside of
harrisburg. it sucked. but, you can probably make
about 40-50 miles a day comfortably. just plan try
and plan your campspots better than i did.
good luck, and have fun,

(503) 493-9049