Had a great Kidical Mass ride on Saturday! A good sized group met at RiverPlay and even picked up a family who was just playing at the park and thought the ride sounded fun. We rode through Washington/Jefferson Park, the Whiteaker neighborhood and to the Corner Market (who opened special for us) where we picked out and carved some jack-o-lanterns. More than 35 kids and adults, lot’s of smiles, and some fun pumpkin carving. A great fall day!
WeBikeEugene’s slow-down became a complete stop a little over a week ago when Kendra’s three week bike tour around the Great Lakes ended in near tragedy. Two weeks into the trip, her riding partner acquired an infection that made it impossible for them to continue. Disappointed, they cut the ride a week and a half short and headed back to Des Moines, IA. On the way back Kendra got an incredible headache that lasted for days, and was hospitalized in Des Moines July 11th (Sunday) with some version of tick-borne Meningitis. They aren’t sure if it is Lyme’s Disease or something viral, but either way it kicked her butt. I arrived in Iowa a few days later, a week earlier than planned, and stayed with Kendra until she was discharged last Saturday. She is slowly recovering, and should be okay in a few weeks.
WBE experienced a complete stop while this played out, but we are ready to return in a “slowed-down” fashion, and will return to full speed in late August or Early September.
The rest of our wrapup covers proposed Sprinfield bikeways, Kidical Mass, EugeneBicyclist.com, a car-free family, and drunk driving sentencing.
As you may have read in our Twitter update, WeBikeEugene is experiencing a summer slowdown, mainly due to my working more hours during the summer, performing every weekend with The GreyMatter Jugglers and Earth Descendance, practicing several times a week for those shows, and also riding my ass off since the weather it nice. WBE Contributor Shane MacRhodes also has his hands full, having recently had twins. This translates to less WBE stories, but that does not mean that things aren’t happening in Eugene.
One example is the PopLollies Women’s Crit Series (click the picture for a bigger flier) that is happening the last three Wednesdays in July. There will be a free clinic to introduce riders to the sport and then races for all levels. Yay!