Hurdfurd the Absurd and AQDIB's rider returned to Beaverton this month to keep Critical Mass alive in this rather car accursed part of the Tri-Country Metropolitan area.
Highlights from the December ride:
Going faster than the cars on 26 east bound, due to some construction or something somewhere. It's terribly satisfying going faster than cars on a normally high speed freeway. And the shoulder of 26 is comfortably wide enough for two riders abreast. The enthusiasm for the ride was high, with much shrieking, whistling, ringing of bells, and joyous cries of "We are the traffic!".
After a bit of representing, we turned tires east for a ride over the hills back to P-town proper. A beautiful and fortunate window in the rain, exquisite riding conditions. Coming up from Beaverton leaves one without decent shoulders in places, but nothing CM can't beat.
And from January's fine ride:
Despite interest from others, Hurdfurd the Absurd and AQDIB's rider were still the only two riders. Not a problem though, fun can be had on any scale. This time, it was democratically decided that a mall and sprawl tour was in order. So we just rolled around through parking lot after partking lot, claiming a lane on the road, and waving to the happy consumers (surely they're happy?). Beaverton has a lot of parking lots...I'm not sure if this poor community even has a real center. The finest of moments was riding around the Beaverton Transit Center maybe five times, then going under the waiting building for a triumphant bike lift. Judging by the lookds we received, I think we earned the respect of those awestruck public transit riders. We did run into a few of Beaverton's true transportation cyclists. They're out there, braving those miserable conditions, navigating between Starbucks, 24hr fitnesses, Walgreens, Rite Aids, through the endless parking lots. After our unguided tour, we worked our way back to dear old Sunset Transit Center and headed east, in pursuit of bicycle freedom and cold beer.
So what up yo? ...get yer peddling arses over to Sunset Transit Center for some roots Critical Mass fun. The lovely MAX makes getting to the other side of the hills a fluorescent-illuminated dream. Don't know Beaverton? Don't worry, we just ride around in circles until we figure out how to get back where we started. By reports, any cops that do show up are bike enthusiasts, and so make for pretty good company, as far as cops go. Compared to the crazed intensity, shrieking of expletives, and cop harrassment of the much bigger sister Mass to the east., it's a wonderful, relaxing tonic for your bike-loving soul.
Again, 1st Friday of every month at Sunset Transit Center. Meet at the top of the stairs in front of "Sharif's". Ride leaves at 6:30PM, because there's only so long you can wait around hoping more people will show.
...Beaverton has a lot of parking lots....let's try to fill them up with some bikes!