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Scenes from a cold morning; and the last sunrise of 2010

Posted by on December 31st, 2010 at 10:13 am

Shadow sunrise.
-More photos below-
(Photos © J. Maus)

I know I said I was signing off for the year, but as temps dropped into the 20s last night and a clear sky shone through, I was eager to wake up early this morning to ride in the brisk air and soak up the last sunrise of 2010.

I was also inspired to get up early to see off a few hearty souls embarking for a bike camping trip being organized by local non-profit Cycle Wild. Check out the photos below…

Four people met at Voodoo Doughnuts this morning en route to cabins at Stub Stewart State Park for a bike-camping trip.
Coffee and doughnuts; perfect fuel for a 50 mile ride.
Matt couldn’t get his trailer this morning, so he had to carry the LCD monitor on his back rack. He also has a hard drive with 250 movies, speakers, and a bunch of other fun stuff packed into those bags.
This is Matt Picio, founder of Cycle Wild and leader of the trip.
A group shot right before they headed off for the Hillsboro MAX station where they’ll meet up with about 20 other people for the ride out to Stub Stewart via the Banks-Vernonia Trail.

After seeing off my bike-camping pals, I headed for the river to take in the sunrise…

The floating portion of the Esplanade from the Burnside Bridge.
That’s one cold bike lane.
Sunrise!
The tail end of the bike campers.
This woman was one of only a few people out on bikes this morning.
Nice of them to warn us.
Sunrise on the Hawthorne Bridge.

And finally, Happy New Year from former Mayor Vera Katz!

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  • Kt December 31, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Beautiful pictures, JM.

    Stay warm, bike campers!! Some day, I’ll be joining you.

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  • Erinne December 31, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Lovely pictures! Thanks for sharing.

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  • That's not big pink. December 31, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for the inspirational post this morning. Life is better when there’s a Bikeportland post to read.

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  • fool December 31, 2010 at 11:45 am

    just as beautiful as it was when i rolled home at 4am. thanks for memorializing it. maybe for a new year’s resolution i should clean up the shed so Matt can get to his trailer (doh).

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    • matt picio January 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      Nah, the shed was fine, it was the key to the shed that was missing – and I understand that it’s since been found. It was an opportunity for ingenuity! (and actually, I think the site of the monitor box on the back of the bike encouraged the cars on the road to give me a wider berth)

      The trip turned out great, and the only flat tire didn’t happen until the return trip, while stopped at the Subway in Banks. One rider took a slide on slick snow/ice coming out of the park, but was unhurt and everyone else made the trip without incident.

      Thank you all for coming out – it was a great trip!

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  • jordan December 31, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Great Pictures but be careful out there. Yesterday I went down for the 1st time in 5 years of commuting on some black ice.

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  • Spiffy December 31, 2010 at 11:53 am

    beautiful!

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  • KJ December 31, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Nice post, good way to end the year. Wish I was on that camping trip, next time! Ride home last night from a show around 1am was all freezing fog sparkly wonderland too.

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  • pixie December 31, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Great pics and an inspiration before I head out for one more ride in 2010. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Zaphod December 31, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    nice way to wrap 2010

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  • adam January 1, 2011 at 8:44 am

    wow, great pics, thanks!

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  • Anne Hawley January 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Wonderful! Happy New Year.

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  • matt picio January 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks for the great pics, Jonathan! It was great to see you at Voodoo Donut on our way out.

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  • Ryan Good January 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    @ Matt- there were actually two flats, both the same rider. The second was quite eventful- it blew out (very loudly) while hanging in the rack on the MAX! Gave all the MAX riders quite a start!

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