Monthly Archives: June 2007

Linneman Station on Springwater Corridor

The Springwater Corridor is a wonderful bike path. The fact that is it built on an old railroad line insures that the ride is going to be flat. So, for those days when we are looking for an easy spin with no long slow climbs,Linneman1a.jpg we can use this trail to get us to the outer east Portland area.

There are many cool things about this area. On our last ride, what I thought about was the restored Linneman Station. Named after Gresham Pioneers John and Catherine Linneman who followed the Oregon trail here with their oxen, in 1852. It is kind of halfway between the current western trail head at 42nd and Johnson Creek, and the eastern end of the paved trail, at Rugg Road. What is provides is a place to stop and look around, some tables, some shade and some nice restrooms. In its day, the station was an important link to the town.

It haslinnemann_junction.jpg recently been restored after a fire destroyed the original building.
Its a nice little building with a room full of benches that can be used for small presentations I suppose.

The Linneman station area is also significant because of the new trail connection under construction. Gresham will receive more than $2 million in federal funds to build two more sections of the Gresham-Fairview Trail, a 5.2-mile pedestrian and bike path linking the Springwater Corridor and the Columbia River. This trail would be a crucial piece to the 40-Mile Loop, a series of trails throughout the metro area. The Gresham-Fairview Trail will consist of a 12-foot-wide asphalt swatch extending from the Linneman Station trail head north through Rockwood to Marine Drive, just west of Blue Lake Park. The first section, 1.24 miles accessible from Halsey St. at 201st Avenue to Burnside Road, is scheduled for completion later this month, with a dedication ceremony planned for National Trails Day on June 2.Linneman2a.jpg

To me, perhaps the greatest thing about this building is the cool train ticket guy statue standing in the window of the ticket booth.

BTA’s Vulnerable Roadway User bill needs support

I just got this from the BTA:

We need your help: please take 30 seconds right now to call your State Senator and ask them to support House Bill 3314!

The BTA’s Vulnerable Roadway Users bill will help protect bicyclists and pedestrians on roads by increasing penalties for drivers who cause their death – but only if it passes the Oregon Senate!

The bill would require drivers who seriously injure or kill cyclists or other vulnerable users of the roadway to pay $12,500 and have their license suspended for one year, or to complete 100 to 200 hours of community service and pass a special driver education course.

Please contact your State Senator (contact info here)! Tell her or him:”As your constituent, I’m asking you to support House Bill 3314 to increase protection for vulnerable users of our Oregon roadways!”

We need your help!


Scott and the BTA

PS – If you want more details, you can check out a draft letter about this bill, or the BTA at (503) 226-0676 x14.

Pioneer Century ride is done


Our Seventh Pioneer (Spring) ride is in the books. For various reasons our mileage choice for this years was the 45 mile loop. Here’s some thoughts on this years ride:

  • Nice that they kept the same starting spot of the Fairgrounds. Though the route change meant leaving via the opposite side, which required a guy to stand guard at the old exit to turn people around. One old guy was quite insistent he knew the way to go and it took a lot of persuasions to turn him around.
  • Love registering for this ride, they always seem to give ya stuff. I still use the thin wallet they gave us back in 2003. This years gift: Patch kits. Hey, they do come in handy, though while I do always carry a kit, I prefer to carry a couple of good tubes and use them first. Why sit in a ditch to patch a tube if you don’t have to?
  • New this year was the figure 8 loop route. Because of that, also new this year was a lunch, served at the starting point, for the riders as they came in from one of the loops. They served a really great fajita lunch. A beer garden would have been popular, but Honey notes that it wouldn’t be a good idea for either those driving home, or those heading off for another loop on the bike, so then Gatorade it is.
  • Great that the loop provided the opportunity to match the mileage & climbing exertion to your goal for the day.
  • Loops are good for thinning out the crowd. Theoretically, half the riders will take each loop, therefore reducing the congestion that can sometimes make rides a little more stressful.
  • Loops are not so good, since it thins out the crowd. Since you don’t see the other half, the opportunities to see our friends can be limited to the start/finish area. And, empirically, I think that more than half riders left for the 55 mile loop. I am thinking that the 100 milers would choose the longer/hillier loop to do first.
  • Like most rides these days, they are no longer giving out the pin on numbers. Evidently the cost was too high. Thats too bad since I have been collecting them in one big stack on my wall. For this ride, they gave us rubber “Livestrong” type wristbands, which we would need for the great lunch. One other thing I like about the numbers is that you can easily identify those bikers that are on your ride, as opposed to the rogue bikers that are just out for a nice ride somewhere. Truthfully, I kind of liked them since they are much easier to deal with than pinning on the numbers, or using temporary paper wristbands, but still…….
  • The food at the rest stop was first class. Bagels, goldfish, pretzels, blueberries, bananas, grapes, melons, V8, Oreos, Costco cookies, crackers, and, one the coolest ride foods ever, little boiled baby red potatoes in a zip lock bag that you can put it on your pocket and just pop in your mouth a little farther down the road. Moist, cool, tasty, easy to digest, pure energy. Very nice.they provided very nice maps, with street turns, and elevations. The roads were marked with the usual Dan Henrys. It would have been much nicer if the maps would have had the mileages for the road turns as well. Honey really likes to know how far to the next stop, and I like to be able to coordinate mileage with turns, to ensure that we remain on course, since it is possible to miss a marking, especially with fewer bikes on the road.
  • They provided emergency contact phone numbers on the map as well! We have talked about that on several occasions as it seems nobody bothers to include this one very helpful piece of support. Well done PWTC!
  • Always good to go by Champoeg Park, we include that as an extra stop. The shade, cool water and clean restrooms are very welcome.
  • Perfect day for a ride, with temps in the low 80s and really no wind. The roads of the farmlands surrounding Champoeg and Donald are fairly low traffic, and the farmlands were lush with growth as is typical of Oregon at this time of the year.
  • Ended up being 48 miles of quiet, mostly peaceful bike ride with only a few short pitches to raise your heartrate.

The tracking of money

So, I get home from a trip to the dry cleaners, and I’m looking at the change I received and there is this dollar bill that is marked with a yellow hi-liter and a red stamp. “Track this bill at” and “See where I’ve been. Track where I go next at” Now I’m curious, so I follow the link, register an account and look up my peripatetic bill. This site is a “just for fun” type tracking site, ran by some guy, and supported by the ads he sells. It’s funny I hadn’t seen one of these before, because if the numbers from their logs can be believed, there are like a million of these marked bills out there. Turns out, my little piece of paper has just started on its journey, and I am the first reported possessor of this nice one dollar bill. The log states:
This bill has travelled 43 Miles in 47 Days, 20 Hrs, 26 Mins at an average of 0.89 Miles per day.
It is now 43 miles from its starting location.
User’s Note: Got it in change, from dry cleaner.
Bill is clean, stamped and yellow highlighted.
Apr-17-07 12:15 PM Stayton, OR
Not a very long journey yet. I will have to check back in and see where it has gone too. And for that, I will have to spend it. Think I will go buy a lottery ticket.

June 2nd, Grand Opening of Phase I of the Gresham-Fairview Trail

On Saturday, June 2 the City of Gresham Parks & Recreation Division, will kick off the event with a formal dedication at 10 a.m. to celebrate the grand opening of Phase I of the Gresham-Fairview Trail, held in conjunction with the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day.
The formal dedication will be followed by festivities along the trail at Northeast Holladay Street and Northeast 201st Avenue in
Gresham. Visitors are asked to park nearby the trail at Reynolds Middle School. Activities include exercising on the trail, free
trail mix, and bottled water.

The newest trail in Gresham has something for everyone, whether walking, running, biking, skateboarding or taking dogs for a
leashed walk. The first completed section of trail is 1.24 miles long and features a whole lot of green, from drought resistant
trees and native shrubs from Northeast Halsey Street to Northwest Burnside Road, to the trail’s permeable pavement – a low impact
development technique that allows rainwater to drain through the pavement back into the ground, helping prevent muddy runoff to
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