7/28/10 – Millennium Park & Versluis Orchard

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 7/28/2010 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW.  PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

Millennium Park. A beautiful orchard. A deep dark tunnel. ‘Nuff said. I’ll let the photos do the talking.

In disappointing news due to the frost over Mother’s Day weekend, we will probably not have fruit to sample at the Versluis Orchard.  Hopefully next year!

The Route:


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Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride.  We will do our very best to keep the group together and make sure no-one gets separated or left behind.
  • Ride is about 15 miles and will take about 2-2 1/2 hours (PedalGR is not a race).
  • There are a couple of sections in the orchard that have a little gravel. They are generally passable, but require caution on skinny tire bikes.
  • 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.

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7/14/10 – TACO RIDE!!!

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 7/14/2010 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW.  PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

Fingerless gloves are made for tacos!!

I was going to start by posting about Mayor Heartwell’s proclamation today in support of Complete Streets in Grand Rapids, and the ribbon cutting that celebrates GR’s first “Complete Street”, accessible to all road users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, motorists, and people with physical impairments.

However, I know all you people care about is the TACOS! So, we got TACOs for you! This week’s ride is going to be AWESOME!!!!  In honor of Cyclo-cross season (you want to click that link) starting in only 2 months, I’ve thrown in a few barriers and fun things for you all, just to keep things lively. 🙂

We’ll start with a little trip to the Black Hills.  Perched above Godfrey’s old manufacturing district, this isolated little neighborhood will soon be connected to the WestSide and Kent Trails via the nearly complete Oxford St Trail and bridge.

Wyoming's best kept secret

Next we’ll head on over to Wyoming’s own mini-velodrome.  Located in Marquette Park, last year there was a shark-spotting at this very site.  You can take a few laps on the banked curves of this abandoned radio-control car racetrack, and imagine how cool it would be if GR had a real velodrome.  It’s really quite fun.  Fixed-gear bikes not required. 🙂

We’ll hit up some of Wyoming’s other parks and a hidden pedestrian trail before heading back towards South Division via a fun RR track crossing near the Kent County Incineration Facility and a trip under US-131.  After you’ve worked up an appetite and are feeling good and ornery, we’ll finally reach our reward.  Pikosito’s is a new Mexican restaurant in Avenue of the Arts that just opened in June.  Amy and I checked it out on Monday and it is fantastic!!  You’ll be able to choose from 6 different meats on your taco and 7 different salsas at their salsa bar!!  They also have veggie options, if that is your thing.

Once our bellies are full it’s a short trip back to Founder’s for a delicious beer.  I hope the Secret Agent IPA is still on tap, because it was delicious!

The Route:

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Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride.  We will do our very best to keep the group together and make sure no-one gets separated or left behind.
  • Ride is about 14 miles and will take about 2-2 1/2 hours (PedalGR is not a race).
  • If you want a taco you MUST BRING $2 to purchase it. Tacos are not provided by PedalGR.
  • There are a couple of sections where you may have to walk or carry your bike.  If you can’t do that, don’t worry, we’ll help you.  We’re a friendly bunch.
  • 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.

Save The Date:

Saturday, July 17 – BikeStock returns! – Bands, Beers, and Bikes will all come together on this Saturday at Rosa Parks Circle!  The 2009 BikeStock at Ah-Nab-Awen park was a big success, but this event is coming back bigger and better for this year.  Mark your calendar!

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Finally, here’s a video I shot of today’s Mayoral proclamation and ribbon cutting.  It’s kind of slow moving, as proclamations tend to be, but if you think about how George K. Heartwell’s middle name just MUST be “Kermit,” it makes it a little more bearable.

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Ride Safe and see you Wednesday!