Since daughter Stephanie moved to Portland, Oregon in 2009, I've been coming up with creative reasons why I need to go there. Randonneuring is the perfect excuse.
Randonneurs USA offers awards for accomplishing various feats of randonneuring including the popular P-12 and R-12 awards. The P-12 award is for riding an approved 100-199 kilometer event in 12 consecutive months, and the R-12 award is for riding an approved 200 kilometer or longer event in 12 consecutive months.
Getting the December and January events done in Montana is very difficult given our wintery weather. Last year I went for the P-12 and got my December and January events done by riding two different 100+ kilometer rides out of Portland.
For this season, I've decided to go for both the P-12 and the R-12. I got my December P-12 ride done on the 1st of December here at home one day before a big blizzard hit that has left the local roads icy for the duration. So my son Jackson and I, (wife Brenda had to stay home for work) loaded up the bike again and headed for Portland.
The goal this time was to at least get my December 200K done.
I contacted fellow Randonneur extraordinaire Lynne Fitzsimmons about doing one of her rides on the last weekend of 2013. Lynne was available so we planned to meet up in Beaverton to ride the Beaverton-Hagg Lake-Carlton 200K Permanent. Lynne wrote a nice detailed report on her blog so please go there and check it out. The following is a photo story of my Oregon riding:
Little People, Big World. Jackson is a big fan of the show, so the next day we drove out to get this picture.
Steel Bridge one of the most multi-modal bridges in the world. After Stephanie and I did a nice 11 miles, I was feeling so good I went and rode another 20 or so on the Springwater Corridor and I-205 bike path.
Oregon Randonneurs facebook page was alight with the organization of a 200K permanent on that day. I quickly calculated that I could survive the Monday work day after a travel day, and Jackson was up for getting his homework done and getting to spend an extra day with his sister-so I decided to go for it and ride the Mill City Coffee Run 202K with 8 Oregon Randonneurs, including Lynne and Jeff. It was just too great an opportunity to pass up.
And riding around Portland with Stephanie on New Years Day...well that was just a whole 'nother level of special.