These are the Portland-area recumbent rides that I know of. If you want to join in the fun, just show up! The riders I know are pretty friendly- sometimes I get the feeling that they'd rather talk than ride. There's also impromptu rides. If you want to find out about them, join the OHPV Yahoo Group.

I lead recumbent oriented rides every month under the auspices of the Oregon Human Powered Vehicles. They're usually 20-35 miles in length, mostly flat, at a pretty casual pace. There’s a food/coffee stop in the middle, which allows the "more casual" riders to catch up with the speed demons. I’ve also designed the routes so riders wanting to extend themselves can go further and then rejoin the main group later on.

They’re held the third Saturday of every month, with the start point alternating between the Portland and Vancouver. "Odd" months (January, March, May, July, September and November) start in Portland at the Gateway TriMet Park and Ride. "Even" months (February, April, June, October, and December) start at the corner of SE 15th St. and SE 164th Ave. on the east side of Vancouver. See below for directions and maps. Note that there’s no ride in August- that’s the OHPV annual retreat.

The nominal start time is 9AM- nominal because there’s usually someone who shows up late, so we’re usually a few minutes late. No matter- we’re not out to beat the clock anyway. The exception is March, which is the annual Rites of Spring ride. That’s when the nominal start time is 10 AM, to allow longer distance travelers time to arrive and chat.



RAGS: Ride Around the General Store (aka Rites of Spring)

Java, Vancouver Lake and Lacamas Lake


The start point is at SE164th Ave. and SE15th St. on the east side of Vancouver. By freeway, you head east on SR-14 from Interstate 205 to the SE164th Ave. exit, go north on SE164th through 4 traffic lights. We meet behind the shops on the northeast corner of the intersection, in the parking lots behind the building. Here’s a close up map:

Dennis and Diane and some fall colors at the JaVaLaVa turnaround point: Vancouver Lake.


RAGS: Ride Around the General Store (aka Rites of Spring)


The Gateway TriMet Park and Ride is at NE 99th Ave. and NE Multnomah St. By freeway, you reach it by taking the Glisan exit from Interstate 205, heading east to NE 99th Ave., left, then north one block to the parking lot. We usually congregate at the southeast corner of the parking lot, so we should be easy to see. Here’s a close up map:


Our turnaround is in Troutdale. Good food!

(This piece of Troutdale suffered a fire in September of 2002. They've reopened as Lyn's Cafe, but we've been hanging out at the General Store across the street. This prompted the renaming of Ride Around Rainbow's End to Ride Around the General Store.)

This was taken on the Rites of Spring 2000- a cold and rainy day. What the heck- if we never rode in the rain, we'd never ride!



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