Monday, August 10, 2009

Providence Bridge Pedal


Sunday I woke up with a sore throat and was worried that I wouldn't be able to make the ride but, after a hot shower, I was ready for another busy day.

The Providence Bridge Pedal has a bike ride for every skill level. There is a 38, 24, and 14 mile bike ride option.

We signed up for the easiest of the three. And it helps that it's a party atmosphere here in Portland on the bridges, with live bands, balloons and families riding tandems. I always have a lot of respect for Moms and Dads but I have even more respect for the parents riding with baby buggies attached to the back of their bikes. Of course they had to be in super shape, which I'm not.


I was wishing I would have pulled my bike out earlier than the morning of the ride - if not to get in shape, then at least to check the tires, which were flat.

But 14 miles later we stopped at Starbucks and had an iced coffee - Yummy reward. Then we rode the six miles back home. It was tiring but a lot of fun.


The Providence Bridge Pedal
supports the Heart and Vascular Institute at Providence Medical Center. It's a good cause and a fun ride over a lot of the bridges in the city. Plus, if you aren't a bike enthusiast, you can walk a five mile Bridge Stride for the cause.

Did you know that Portland is the number one city for biking in the country? If you're planning a trip to Portland in the next year, you should plan it around the Bridge Pedal/Bridge Stride, you'll end up getting the best views of the city and be heart healthy too.

11 comments:

Rena said...

I saw your pics on FB and it looked like a great time. I'm so glad you had fun!

Stephanie Faris said...

I think our city must be the WORST for biking in the country. Barely any bike trails at all and you can't bike in most areas unless you're in the road.

How exciting that you were able to participate in something like this. I've always wanted to do something like that but I fear I don't have the stamina!

MG Higgins said...

What a fun event. I LOVE Portland.

Kelly said...

Yay, Kim! Good for you to bike that 14 miles plus six! I'm tired just thinking of it. Looks like a fun time!

Kim Kasch said...

Thanks gals.

Stephanie: It's a super easy ride - only a couple of hills and those are when you're going up the bridges, other than that, they keep it EZ so the most people can do it.

Next year we want to try the middle level - but it's a big jump from 14 to 28 - we'll have to have the bikes out a bit for that to happen.

Susan Sandmore said...

It sounds like a blast! I've always thought Portland looked absolutely wonderful, too.

Jen on the Edge said...

That's so great! What a nice way to spend the day.

Strange Fiction said...

That looks like a lot of fun, great way to see the city and for a good cause too.

I haven't been on a bike for a very long time...

Shadow said...

wow, good for you. i have been on a bicycle for yeeeeeeears.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

How cool--congrats to you for pedaling all that!

Christina Farley said...

Oh I'm so impressed you did this! Way to go! I'm getting all caught up on my blogging now that I have internet again. You've been busy!