This post was written by 14-year-old Sellwood resident Abby Koonce.
My name is Abby Koonce and I am sharing my story of the 2017 Joyride as a way to encourage other people to join us for next year’s edition. I am 14 years old and I am going to Benson High school this year. My parents are cycling fanatics so I suppose it kind of rubs off.
This was my second year doing Joyride with my mom. The ride is organized by Cycle Oregon, the organization mostly known for their big week-long ride.
This year’s Joyride was really fun because it was more familiar and didn’t seem as busy. My mom and I did it again, but this time we met a group of people and rode with them. Two of the people in our group were the same age as me, and I really enjoyed getting to know them. Cycle Oregon organized the same route as last year, but this year they reversed it. I saw a lot of things that I recognized, including the large grassy area that this year was being used for a wedding.
Once again, we did the 60-mile route and survived. Our average speed was about 12 miles per hour, and 5 minutes in we had a flat tire. One of the girls in our group had a very worn out tire, to the point of it needing a tire boot. Luckily Bike Gallery was at the first stop and they were happy to help us.
The first rest stop was the most memorable, because it had the most people and lots of bikes. The volunteers were friendly and offered second and third helpings of everything. There was even a cat. The site was an old open air barn with even older farming equipment. The lands around the barn had no animals, and there was no house that I remember. We leaned our bikes against the old equipment, and there was a massive line for the toilets. The rest stop had no music, sadly, but lots of food. After the rest stop, we had about 20 miles to the next one.
The next stop was just a water stop, so we weren’t there long. After that there was another rest stop, but we didn’t stay at that one very long either. When we finally reached the end there was a sausage-chicken dish, salad, some sort of salmon thing, and dessert. The dessert was a shortcake biscuit with berries, jam, honey and whipped cream. The music was by a band called Corner and I thought they were really good, and there was one large group of ladies who were dancing.
I have to say that this is a great ride for women of all levels of experience as there are different lengths of the ride. I would definitely recommend it for everyone even though few of my friends actually ride bikes often. Cycle Oregon’s Joyride is a great way to get on your bike with a group of friends, and it’s also a good way to make friends.
— Abby Koonce
Cycle Oregon is a BikePortland advertising partner. Stay tuned for more coverage and photos from their Weekender ride July 7-9th.