But how about... sausages?
This past weekend Kasia and I drove down to Portland, OR so that I could ride in the 9th Annual Verboort Sausage Populaire, a beautiful ride that finishes at the Verboort Sausage Festival. Bikes and sausages -- what's not to like?
The ride started at 9:00am at Lincoln Park in the sleepy town of Forest Grove, OR. The ride mostly consisted of quiet backroads and the fantastic Banks Vernonia Trail. About 20 people pre-registered, and at least that many started. The weather was cool and foggy, and surprisingly stayed that way throughout the day.
|Foggy start for a mostly foggy day|
|Beautiful ride on Timber Road|
|Banks Vernonia Trail|
|More fall color along the trail|
|I missed all of this scenery when I rode the trail a night a few months ago|
About 100K later we arrived at the Visitation Catholic Church, site of the sausage dinner.
|Sausages al fresco|
|Gary and his bucket o' sauerkraut|
The route finish was, conveniently, about 2.8 miles from the start. While discussing coffeeneuring strategy for the ride back to the start, Susan had a brilliant idea: get coffee with our sausages, then just ride back. Thus was born "opportunistic coffeeneuring".
Our coffeeneuring ride was a whopping 2.8 miles at a leisurely pace. Good food, good coffee, great company, and a beautiful ride -- not a bad way to spend a Saturday.