Pedalpalooza update: Kissin', fashion', and splashin'

Splash Dance Ride

Worth a thousand words.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Once again, Pedalpalooza is entering its final few days, and once again, I’m thinking not only about all the great rides I did, but about all the great rides I missed.

One of these years I just might pack up my bike with a sleeping bag and a few necessities and do a 17-day, Pedalpalooza marathon, going on as many of the 200+ rides and events as possible.

That’s not to say I haven’t been to my share of rides this year. In case you haven’t noticed the headlines over in the sidebar, I’ve been posting daily ride/event menus as well as reports and photos from as many rides as I can.

Some of the latest coverage includes photos from the Bike Kiss-in. Imagine 10 or so couples sitting on a downtown sculpture/fountain and making out while evening rush-hour traffic zooms by and holding up signs like “Less parking space, more sucking face!” and the one below…

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Or how about the Vegan Baked Goods Ride? Dozens of hungry, biking vegans, rampaging neighborhoods in search of baked goods.

I happened upon them at Black Sheep Bakery (SE 8th and Main), where a nice employee was so “overwhelmed” by the visit she gave up on the cash register and just put out an entire plate of free muffins, scones, and other treats.

And then there were those fashionable folks on the Sexy Cyclists Ride, which led to the Karaoke Ride, which turned into the 300+ strong David Bowie vs. Prince Mobile Dance Party Ride. Check out my Sexy Cyclists slideshow here.

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At the start of the Sexy Cyclists Ride
(they’re holding my “Cycling is Sexy” stickers).

I’ve had plenty of good times this month, but the Splash Dance Ride was definitely a highlight. My family and I joined about 60 other people on a parade that started at the Salmon Street fountain, where we danced and splashed like we owned the place.

Splash Dance Ride

Gettin’ wet in Skidmore Fountain.

Other stops on the ride included Skidmore Fountain, Jamison Square, and then the granddaddy of them all — Keller Fountain.

Check out my Splash Dance Ride photo gallery.

For more Pedalpalooza recaps and coverage, check out the 2008 Pedalpalooza special coverage page or browse the over 300 images in my Pedalpalooza Photo Gallery.

And if this gets you all fired-up for bike fun, there are still three days of Pedalpalooza action left! And of course, it all comes to a massive climax this Saturday at the Multnomah County Bike Fair (Colonel Summers Park) and later at the Sprockettes Bicycle Bash.

Go to Pedalpalooza.org to check the remaining schedule.

Long live bike fun.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Founder of BikePortland (in 2005). Father of three. North Portlander. Basketball lover. Car owner and driver. If you have questions or feedback about this site or my work, feel free to contact me at @jonathan_maus on Twitter, via email at maus.jonathan@gmail.com, or phone/text at 503-706-8804. Also, if you read and appreciate this site, please become a supporter.

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RyNO Dan
RyNO Dan
15 years ago

It\’s gonna be real hot on Saturday.
Water and sunscreen, and a hat !

Jeff TB
Jeff TB
15 years ago

Wow, sure wouldn\’t want to miss the Cowboy Ride Friday night.

Yippie kai yeah!

Gonna be the best ho-down, throw-down, raw ride, rodeo, ride-up, hootenanee this side of Tombstone!

peejay
peejay
15 years ago

The Dude Ride just finished up and that was awesome! Well, for anybody who has seen the Big Lebowski a dozen or so times, it was awesome. Scenes from the movie were acted out at appropriate locations, caucasians were drunk, and rocks were bowled. Powell Bowl stepped up big time by accommodating indoor parking for all our bikes, and discounts on show rentals and games.

The Dude abides!

peejay
peejay
15 years ago

That would be \”shoe rentals\”!

El Duderino
El Duderino
15 years ago

The f\’in Dude ride was fan-fuckin\’-tastic. The caucasians were drunk, indeed.
Fuck yes!

Craig Giffen
Craig Giffen
15 years ago

Yeah, thanks for coming out to the Dude ride! It was a lot of fun to plan and to ride. Kevin had his Excel spreadsheet open all of last week planning for the ride. Kudos to him.

I have about an hours worth of footage shot from two cameras so I have the basis for a good video. If you have any videos or photos you would like to share, please get in contact with me at the lunky.com or humanclock.com websites.

I specifically need photos or video of the toy Hummer H2 that we smashed with the crowbar. I bought that Hummer from Value Village (since they were out of toy corvettes), but neglected to take a photo of the Hummer beforehand. I also need more video of the first part of the Landlord performance in front of the Clinton St. Theater.

-Craig

DaFino
DaFino
15 years ago

I was out shamusing for the Knutson\’s and missed the ride.

Next year!

peejay
peejay
15 years ago

Now we got a nice, quiet little beach community here, and I aim to keep it nice and quiet. So let me make something plain. I don\’t like you sucking around, bothering our citizens, Lebowski. I don\’t like your jerk-off name. I don\’t like your jerk-off face. I don\’t like your jerk-off behavior, and I don\’t like you, jerk-off. Do I make myself clear?

BURR
BURR
15 years ago

um, howdy pardner!

Laura
Laura
15 years ago

What would (the) Jesus ride?

Patrick
Patrick
15 years ago

The PARK-ing Brown Bag was a lot of fun, with over a dozen of us socializing in a mini-park we created on Taylor between Broadway and Park. And the police who checked in were pretty cool with it (Steph had paid for the space). Next time she suggested we should bring some orange cones to help keep us safe.
But Sam\’s Ride with Mayor-elect Sam Adams has to be one of the highlights of my PedalPalooza/Carfree visit from Portland. A LOT of folks (didn\’t get a count but I\’m guessing it was 75+) rode most of the way to Kenton with Sam. We went across the Hawthorne Bridge, up the Esplanade and then up Williams to Skidmore before doubling back down Interstate to end the ride at the Organic Brewer\’s fest in Overlook Park.
Truly an amazing thing, riding along with the Mayor-to-be and talking with him about his ride, his neighborhood, etc. What a city.