5/14/08 – Pedal GR Inaugural Ride!

I’ve finished the route for the very first PedalGR Ride meeting at 6:15pm on Wednesday, 5/14/08 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. I hope people actually show up.

Here is the route:

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Need to Know:

  • There are three decent uphill sections
  • There will be brick roads, so be prepared if you’re riding your skinny tire bike
  • There is one ~.5 mile section of gravel road along Reed’s Lake
  • Ride is 19 miles and should take approximately 2 hours
  • Water and portable snack food are recommended
  • Kalamazoo at Alger Rd is under construction, but passable by bicycle

A few highlights include:

  • Newly restored D.A. Blodgett Home for Children
  • Historic Wealthy Theater
  • Iroquois School and Ottawa Hills neighborhood
  • Reed’s Lake in East Grand Rapids
  • Former home of the Catholic Archdiocese of Grand Rapids

Although we will not be stopping often to take photographs, cameras are highly encouraged to document our journey. Please contact me with any questions. Hope to see you there!

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Author: Joshua Duggan

I love bicycling. I love Grand Rapids. Even though I'm not from here (I'm from Omaha, Nebraska), I've lived here over 10 years and Grand Rapids is my new home. I'm a commuter, endurance racer, mountain biker, bicycle tourist, tandem captain, fat biker, roadie, and gravel grinder who likes to ride his bike to an occasional brewery, taco stand, or ice cream shop.

4 thoughts on “5/14/08 – Pedal GR Inaugural Ride!”

  1. Wow Josh, you added what may be one of the only sections of dirt road left in East Grand Rapids, and I am guessing just so you could climb the hill at the end of it. Or are you planning on going in reverse and down the hill?

    I know you are thinking the ride will take 2 hours, what are you thinking the average speed will be? I am thinking I may make this the inaugural ride on my re-built single speed.

  2. @Tad and Mary Catherine,
    I hope to see you both there tonight! The roads are drying up and we’re supposed to have some sun by ride start time.

  3. SOOO happy to see more of this stuff going on around GR. BTW, neat pic on the banner of your web-page.

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