Plan A

This ride was scheduled for Sunday of the weekend just before the 2017 solar eclipse. Portland Oregon itself was not going to be in the path of totality but at 99.1% was pretty close. The weather forecast for that day was for nice but warm conditions. All in all it looked like a good weekend for riding! It was not to be however. Just over a week before the event it was cancelled. The reasons given were twofold, smoky conditions due to wildfires in the state and a fear that eclipse mania would impact the ride negatively with traffic congestion etc. I was already in Portland so I would have to look for an alternative ride to do.

Plan B

The day before the scheduled day for the PC I jumped on my mountain bike. There is virtually no mountain biking near Portland but there is a dirt road in Forest Park that is open to MTB’s. It is a 29 mile out and back from our place and makes a nice fast cruise on the bike. There were as many people (on foot) as I have ever seen in the park but once you got away from the trail head it was better. It was a good two hour jaunt!

Plan C

Two days after the eclipse I rode another one of my favorite local rides, the Forest Grove – Vernonia 110 km perm, offered by RBA Susan France. It was another beautiful day for a ride and a great day to be on the bike. I finished the ride in just over 5 hours with virtually no traffic or issues.

The bottom line is that it was a beautiful weekend for a ride and it is a shame that the organizers decided to cancel the PC based on fears of smoke and traffic, neither one of which were present on ride day.

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