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bikejunkie
06-11-2006, 11:16 PM
The Buttes and Bonds ride was a fascinating morning where we learned all about the Springwater Corridor, the Damascas/Boring development, and bike path improvements through the eastern section of the metro area.
I joined the Buttes and Bonds ride along Johnson Creek after they had already traveled through the Oaks Bottom trail and explored the riverside wildlife. There were so many interesting people coming along.
Including Al who rode his trike (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60961560@N00/165496726/), and a European couple on a tandem (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60961560@N00/165495044/). Jim Labbe (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60961560@N00/165493323/?rotated=1&cb=1150092001931) and <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/60961560@N00/165493325/">Amy
Stork</a> led the ride out along the springwater to Boring. We were joined on the ride by an occasional red tailed hawk, several blue jays, and a bike-bat (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60961560@N00/165493329/). We also had BonB energy from Patrick and Holly (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60961560@N00/165493334/).
Jim talked to us about the history of the Springwater corridor and it's roots as a passenger/freight rail line. As we rode Jim also shared with us the implications of the current bond measure (http://bikeportland.org/2006/03/29/what-does-metros-bond-measure-mean-for-cyclists/) which would preserve and expand current natural areas along the springwater trail such as Powell Butte, and the Beggar's Tick Refuge (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60961560@N00/165472329/) as well as expand the trail itself. At the end of the paved portion of the springwater, we jogged onto Telford Road (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60961560@N00/165495047/) which is an excellent low traffic link to Boring.
When we arrived at the Boring Grange (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60961560@N00/165495050/) we met up with Jack Valberg and Dean Apastol (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60961560@N00/165495054/).
They told us about the current plans for the Damascus Boring area (http://www.metro-region.org/article.cfm?ArticleID=7491) and the efforts to fund new pavement for the Springwater Trail through to Boring (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60961560@N00/165495053/) and then to Estacada. Jack also told us about the Clackamas River Bluffs which border the southern part of Damascus.
This is an incredible wildlife area with little access for suburban travelers, boats, campers, etc. I will be in discussion with Jack about using this as the staging area for the July 4th campout (http://forums.bikeportland.org/viewtopic.php?p=892#892). After the fascinating discussion of better bike access in outer Southeast Portland, Jim led some members on an exploratory ride of the hill country south of the trail. However I wimped out and enjoyed a wonderful solitary ride (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60961560@N00/165496727/) down the springwater before heading over to Disjecta to help set up the Dance Party (http://bikeportland.org/2006/06/11/report-naked-ride-and-dance-party/).