Nighttime bike ride offers nature journey
Cyclists in an upcoming event in Estacada will ride their bikes under the stars.
The annual Faraday Moonlight ride will take participants through a variety of nature scenes along a paved road. The 12-mile event begins at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Estacada City Hall, and continues through the first section of the Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway through the lower boat ramp on North Fork Lake.
Phil Lingelbach, one of the event's organizers, noted that the bike ride is a unique experience. "It's a way to experience nature in a different way. Faraday Road is usually closed after sundown," he said.
Lingelbach noted that the ride is occurring on a night when the moon will be particularly close to the earth, so participants will better be able to admire it.
"If the moonlight allows, you can see the (Clackamas) River through the trees," Lingelbach said, adding that participants will also be able to appreciate the tranquil sounds of nature. "One thing about bike riding is that you can hear a lot more — the river, and owls hooting."
Particularly because the ride is at night, there are a variety of safety features in place, including requirements for lamps and helmets and someone leading the line and at the back ensuring that everyone makes it to the finish line. "The rules we have make it safe. It should be comfortable for people to do," Lingelbach said.
After the ride, attendees gather for a party in Estacada, which occurred at Clackamas River Growlers last year. Prizes will be given for the best decorated bike, best overall costume and best logger lookalike.
"It should be a good time for everybody," Lingelbach said. "We try to make it fun and enjoyable."
Though attendees can sign up for the ride the day of the event, preregistration is encouraged. Last year, 43 cyclists participated, and this year, organizers expect approximately 50.
For more information and to sign up for the Faraday Moonlight Ride, visit www.bikereg.com/41813.
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