Kid-friendly bike camping trip, 4 April

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On Saturday afternoon, April 4th, we are jumping on the MAX, taking it to the end of line in Hillsboro, and then riding about 22 miles to the new Stub Stewart state park. The park has heated cabins, so just pack some sleeping bags and whatever you want to cook on the campfire. This will be a kid-friendly group. Our pace will be slow, but not slow enough for small kids to keep up on their own bikes. We will be in cabins 10 & 11. Ride with us, or meet us there. Reserve your spot before they’re gone.


12 thoughts on “Kid-friendly bike camping trip, 4 April”

  • patrick

    that is wicked crazy cool. i wonder if we can pull it off with a 8-month-old.

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  • Todd (admin)

    i think you could, patrick. christiana on MAX? only the last 2 miles are notably steep: walking distance. other conveyances imply unconventional/controversial carriage, like backpack or lashed car seat to xtracycle. we won't tell anybody: your internet secret is safe with us. and flickr.

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  • David Cox

    Todd-

    Are you taking the long-tails on MAX? is it tough to fit them into the designated bicycle area?

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  • Todd (admin)

    Personally, I was thinking either Brompton ( http://clevercycles.com/blog/?p=139 ) or Oma ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/cleverchimp/2984697037/ ). Many possibilities. I don't have much MAX experience, bikes or not. I understand that people have managed to get bakfietsen aboard. Saturday mid-day and all, not exactly weekday rush hour.

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  • patrick

    hi todd-- we were thinking either bringing our chariot "stroller" and our two regular bikes; or, if the bee is comfortable enough with the bobike mini by then, we could use that and whatever bike it's on, plus another.

    I'm informed by a reliable source that a longbike is possible on the MAX with some careful strapping, but it is technically illegal.

    Non-rush hour is definitely a plus for all situations.

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  • Phillip

    Ummmmm - I'm sure you saw this... wish I could go.


    The Banks-Vernonia Trail will be closed from Vernonia to Stub Stewart State Park on April 4, 2009, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the running of the Vernonia Half Marathon.

    (source) http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_255.php

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  • Todd B

    (2+2) 4 more for the trip!

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  • Maria

    The trail is closed north of Stub Stewart and we'll be coming from the south, so it shouldn't effect us.

    Are we meeting at the Hilsboro Max at a particular time? I have a group going:
    * Me & boyfriend (riding)
    * Ty, Jesse & baby (mom & kid drive, dad rides)
    * Richard & toddler (riding)
    * Allison, Michael & toddler (mom & kid drive, dad rides)

    All but the last are tent camping.

    Look forward to meeting you folks!

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  • Todd (admin)

    Thanks Maria for the detail on the closure. This is an announced, but leaderless and unorganized ride, a la Kridical Mass, so we don't know who's coming, departure times, etc. We figure it's best not to pack a single MAX train with a ragtag band of High Occupancy Velos! See y'all there!

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  • Julian

    I was sighing about the house in a grass-is-greener-in-PDX sort of way about this trip, when my wife said why don't you and Drew just go?

    This appeals to my last-minute spirit of rails-trails adventure. Trouble is, too late to check availability or reserve online ... if you're aware of any folks who are looking to cancel, we'd be happy to take over their reservation. I'd be a bit nervous about showing up solo parent with toddler sans spot.

    Otherwise, do this again sometime, and we're so there.

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  • Maria

    Julian,

    The cabins are all booked. When you click on the link to Stub Stewart, they show as not available but I called and they told me they're first come first serve. I seriously doubt they will be full considering it's the first weekend of April and there are lots of them.
    Contact me directly if you'd like to me to e-mail you a scan of the hand-drawn ride map I created (the link to the map from Clever Cycles didn't work and google didn't offer the right scale).
    Maria (atkinson123@hotmail.com)

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  • Julian

    Thanks Maria! Between lingering uncertainty about where and if we'd be able to set up camp, and my wife feeling pre-sick tonight, I think we'll have to wait for next time. So much for spontaneity.

    But have a blast! Looks to be a lovely weekend ...

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