Recently, I had the honor and pleasure to spending some time with David Anderson and Amy Singmaster on the Smith Creek Trail near Mount Saint Helens. Brian Bogan and I traveled out from Fort Collins CO early for our Portland Tour de Fat (this Saturday, August 14, in Waterfront Park) to soak up the scenery and enjoy the company of our friends from the Northwest Trail Alliance. The NWTA will be benefiting from the Parade and will be benefiting from the Merchandise and Do-It-Yourself Booths.
I had been tentative to commit to such an adventure. I am much more of a utilitarian bicyclist, I commute almost daily and on the other days I walk. But getting on a mountain bike and riding singletrack with locals is a little daunting when you are not much of a mountain bike rider. Don’t get me wrong, I love to ride-but I have been working for a brewery for over 8 years, let’s just say I’m really good at 12oz curls. Bogan, on the other hand, can shred with the best of them-so he was psyched.