|Start Time:||November 10, 2012 @ 10:30 am|
|Ride Leader:||Maria Schur|
|Pace:||14 to 16 MPH - Moderate pace|
When this route is used as the New French Toast route, it starts at Maria's house at 5734 SE Flavel Street in Portland and heads east to the Sandy River. Please note: Flavel Drive is NOT the starting point.
If you’re riding it by yourself or for another purpose, you could start at the intersection of the I-205 bike path and the Springwater Corridor or the Grass Triangle on the I-205path. That loop would be about 34 - 35 miles.
From Maria’s the route will head east from her house along the Springwater Corridor, then north on the (new!) Gresham-Fairview Trail. From there, we head east on Stark Street through Troutdale and over the Sandy River, where riders can elect to add a mile and a hill climb to their day by turning right. Other riders will head straight to the rest stop at Glenn Otto Park where we can use the restroom, refill water bottles and regroup. Then, we pedal through the quaint part of Troutdale, out past the airport to hook up with a couple of pretty bike path miles, and Marine Drive to home.
If you haven’t ridden many paved trails in Portland, you’ll get to know parts of 3 of them on this route: Springwater Corridor, Gresham Fairview Trail, and 40-Mile Loop Trail. Want to see the entire Trail System Proposal including the portions you’ll be riding? Check out this slightly outdated, but inspiring map link: http://www.40mileloop.org/maps/40MileLoop_map.pdf
Optional start is from River Maiden, 602 N Devine in Vancouver.
Total mileage for the ride starting from Vancouver is 55 miles, if you are including the distance to and from Maria’s house.
If you are starting at Maria's as the map and cue describe, the distance is 45 miles.
GPS Users: For an online version you can use with a GPS, see this route at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/912014.
NOTE: The Ride With GPS site is very useful to find existing rides or create your own, especially for those who don't actually ride with a GPS. You can see the distance, grade, and elevation gain and send links to others.However, the cue sheet generated by the RWGPS website software on their sidebar is NOT the cue sheet our club uses; their cues are NOT reliable, e.g. telling you to turn left when you should go right. Please use the Cue Doc link on this page for the accurate cue sheet and easy-to-read-on-the-bike map.