8/5/09 – The Michigan Peach Ride

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 8/5/2009 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW.

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Versluis Orchards

As I type this PedalGR route, I’m sitting in Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City enjoying a Honey Basil Ale.  Life is Good!

This week’s PedalGR ride is arguably the most beautiful 16 mile ride you can take from downtown Grand Rapids.  We will be touring the new Meijer Millennium Park trail first, including the new route around the beach area.  The trail from the Coca-Cola plant has just been widened from 8′ to 10′ and should be silky smooth!  The Kent County Parks’ Construction Update says the trail will be complete on Monday, 8/3, so we will be among the first to ride on the new surface.

After that, we will head for a tour of Versluis Orchards, lead by Nate Versluis, one of our local elite mountain bikers on the Founders Ales Racing team and an all around nice guy!  A bit of warning, the route through the orchard has sections that are a bit sandy for skinny road tires, but all of our riders last year were able to make it through okay.  During the tour we will get to stop and eat peaches straight from the tree.  They are so juicy and delicious that you will never look at a peach from Meijer quite the same.

Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride. Nobody in the group will be left behind.
  • Ride is about 16 miles and will take about 2-2 1/2 hours (PedalGR is not a race).
  • Please bring WATER!
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED on Rapid Wheelmen Club rides. (The insurance company’s lawyers insist) Please email or comment if you need to borrow one and we will try to accommodate you.

A few highlights include:

The Route:

View PedalGR 8/5/09 in a larger map

Upcoming PedalGR rides: August 19 – Grand Rapids Home for Veterans – We’ll crash a bingo party after a GRHV Steak Fry and get a tour of some of the historical sites at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the veteran’s cemetery. Originally established to care for injured Civil War veterans (214 of them are buried in the cemetery), this is a haunted site according to the Encylopedia of Haunted Places. We’ll also tour Riverside Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Sept 2 – This will be the rescheduled Taco Ride.  Originally scheduled for July 22, but rained out, we will tour SW GR and Wyoming and stop at El Kiosko for delicious tacos, steak, chicken or guacamole.  Be sure to bring $2 so you can buy your taco.  We’ll also visit the Motion Initiative Bike Co-op.

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Ride Safe and see you Wednesday!

Busy Bicycling in August

Lots of bicycle events are on tap in August, including BikeStock on this Saturday, 8/1 and the Meijer Grand Cycling Classic on 8/8.

More to come soon on PedalGR, including the route for the 8/5 PedalGR ride to Millennium Park and Versluis Orchard. If you’re new to PedalGR, check back this weekend and join our Facebook Group or signup for email ride notifications using the links in the upper right corner!

Ride safe!

7/22/09 – The Motion Initiative & Taco Ride

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 7/8/2009 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW.

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The Motion Initiative Bicycle Co-op

This week we’ll tour some of the Hispanic neighborhoods of GR on the SW side and also visit Marquette Park, Battjes Park, and Pinery Park in Wyoming. Marquette Park is notable because it has what may be one of the only outdoor R/C car racetracks in the Grand Rapids area.

We’ll be stopping for a tour of The Motion Initiative, a bicycle co-op focusing on youth programs in the Black Hills area. (Check out their used bikes for sale!) Later we’ll plan to stop at a El Kiosko at Grandville Ave and Godfrey to get an authentic taco. Be sure to bring $2 to purchase your taco if you want one. Last year, we stopped at a great little taqueria called Tacos El Moroleon, but unfortunately they are no longer in business.

The Route:

View PedalGR – 7/22/09 route in a larger map

Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride. Nobody in the group will be left behind.
  • Ride is about 12 miles and will take about 2 hours (PedalGR is not a race).
  • Please bring WATER!
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED on Rapid Wheelmen Club rides. (The insurance company’s lawyers insist) Please email or comment if you need to borrow one and we will try to accommodate you.

A few highlights include:

Upcoming PedalGR rides:

IMG_0270 (by fotoman311)August 5 – Millennium Park and Versluis Orchards – We’ll tour the new trail at Millennium Park then continue on for a tour of Versluis Orchards led by Nate Versluis. Last year we got to eat peaches right from the tree and it was AWESOME! We’ll also ride the tunnel under I-196. You don’t want to miss one of the most scenic 15 mile rides you could possibly take from downtown Grand Rapids!

August 19 – Grand Rapids Home for Veterans – We’ll crash a bingo party after a GRHV Steak Fry and get a tour of some of the historical sites at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the veteran’s cemetery. Originally established to care for injured Civil War veterans (214 of them are buried in the cemetery), this is a haunted site according to the Encylopedia of Haunted Places. We’ll also tour Riverside Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Also, join us on Facebook to get updates about upcoming rides!
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Ride Safe and see you Wednesday!

PS: Photos from the 7/8/09 ride are here.

PedalGR on RGTV!

rapid growth logoA big thanks to Andy Dragt of RGTV for their feature published today on rapidgrowthmedia.com.

Click here to see the video featurette.

If you’re visiting PedalGR because of the video. Welcome! I invite you to come and ride with us.  I try to make the ride accessible for riders of all levels and ages.

Here’s a short look at our upcoming rides:
July 22 – Tour of SW GR/Wyoming – Last year, this ride visited Tacos El Moroleon. Unfortunately, that place is no longer in business and I am currently investigating another place to get a good taco on the SW side (suggestions are welcome). We will also be visiting some Wyoming parks, touring the Motion Initiative Bicycle Co-op, and riding by the Covanta waste incineration facility.  Route will be posted soon.

IMG_0270 (by fotoman311)August 5 – Millennium Park and Versluis Orchards – We’ll tour the new trail at Millennium Park then continue on for a tour of Versluis Orchards led by Nate Versluis.  Last year we got to eat peaches right from the tree and it was AWESOME!  We’ll also ride the tunnel under I-196.  You don’t want to miss one of the most scenic 15 mile rides you could possibly take from downtown Grand Rapids!

August 19 – Grand Rapids Home for Veterans – We’ll crash a bingo party after a GRHV Steak Fry and get a tour of some of the historical sites at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the veteran’s cemetery.  Originally established for injured Civil War veterans (214 of them are buried in the cemetery), this is a haunted site according to the Encylopedia of Haunted Places.  We’ll also tour Riverside Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Also, join us on Facebook to get updates about upcoming rides!
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