July 06, 2010 · Comments (0)
I’ve lived in Portland for five years and today was the first time I rode into Forest Park! Riding a rigid aluminum commuter frame on trails is not fun. The ride was not particularly technical but some of the areas are rocky and now I know why suspension forks are so desirable.
I think I did about 27.5 miles today and was on the seat for about 2.5 hours. After getting the stink eye from every walker on the trail, I doubt I’ll ride in Forest Park again. When I got home, my Internet search produced this article on the OregonLive.com website. There’s a debate about whether or not bikes are destructive to the park. Some of the walkers do not want bikes in the park at all because they feel that bikes are damaging to nature. I could sense this sentiment from the walkers on the trail; each sent me bad vibes as I passed and not one returned my, “hello.”
On the path (I will bring my camera from now on) I spotted a sign that warned people of a petroleum pipe running through and under the pathway. Apparently people are okay with that. There’s also sewage runoff spouts that are eroding what looks to be manmade walkways. But people are up in arms about the bicycles because they leave ruts in the trail.