Worst Day of the Year

It’s a sleepy Sunday evening, the end of a semi-cloudy, 46-degree day. Supposedly, it’s the worst day of the year, weather-wise, so in true Portland style there’s a bike race to celebrate it. It’s one of those races friendly to amateur cyclists like us – a race with rest stops with donuts, chai tea and beer – so we thought we’d give it a go.

We love cycling!

We love cycling!

Lindsay and Daniel joined us in the 16-mile jaunt around the city. (We opted for the 16-mile route vs. the other option, a 45-mile “challenge.”) Four thousand people gathered outside Lucky Lab Brewery on Hawthorne, half dressed in oddball costumes, the other half in spandex. (We opted for spandex – too little time to pull together costumes.) Jamming to music from a drum brigade and a boombox strapped to a nearby biker’s back, we pedaled off across Southeast, Northeast and Northwest Portland.

Thankfully it was a flat course, with the Morrison and Broadway bridges providing the only real inclines. Besides taking advantage of just one of the three rest stops, we did make a quick pit stop at the very apropos Hopworks BikeBar for some brews. Otherwise, we kept truckin’ and finished the excursion with a soup lunch and Lucky Lab pint at the finish line.

Side note: You might also notice my sexy specs. You’ll be seeing more of those – I’m wearing those babies for the next few weeks leading up to my March 6 LASIK surgery. I was sure happy the “worst day of the year” did NOT include rain (aka, foggy, wet glasses for me).

Now I need to start my half-marathon training… (sigh)

Getting ready to ride...behind the guy with the boombox on his back

Getting ready to ride…behind the guy with the boombox on his back

Logjam at the bottom of the Morrison Bridge

Logjam at the bottom of the Morrison Bridge

A unicycle sighting, of course!

A unicycle sighting, of course!

Notice the dolls dragging behind her

Notice the dolls dragging behind her

A bride looking for his groom

A bride looking for his groom

The four of us on our Hopworks pit stop

The four of us on our Hopworks pit stop

Snagging a mid-race beer at Hopworks Bike Bar on Williams

Snagging a mid-race beer at Hopworks BikeBar on Williams

Pedaling over the Broadway Bridge

Pedaling over the Broadway Bridge

A great day for a ride! Daniel, Jeff and I heading over the Broadway Bridge

A great day for a ride! Daniel, Jeff and I heading over the Broadway Bridge

Yeah, not sure what that's about...

Yeah, not sure what that’s about…

Success! Lunch at the race finish line

Success! Lunch at the race finish line

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