Saturday, January 12, 2008

CSF Ride

Breakfast of Champions

About a month ago, I started a Cycling Spokane Forum. The primary reason was to create a place where people looking to take chilled rides could post ideas/plans. There are other local forums (well, at least one) that is great for finding rides where --judging by the comments in the form -- pushing hard and fast is the goal.

I'm slow and I like to stop and take photos and maybe have a snack or look at something. The purpose of the forum, generally, is to find folks that like a more laid back ride. I'm not diss'in on fast/hard pushing rides or cyclists. I just want an alternative. Cycling doesn't have to be an extreme activity.

I guess my goal with the forum is to provide a place where the stop-and-smell-the-roses types can find riding company without the fear of slowing others down too much. We're not slugs, but we're not in a super hurry either.

Five of us took a ride today and ended up at De Leon Foods Deli and Grocery. Most of us tried the menudo and most of us had huevos rancheros for breakfast. Damn good destination. Over breakfast some other ride ideas sprouted:

  • Tour de Taco: A good Saturday afternoon ride. Take a tour around town to all of the great taco-wagon-type Mexican places and have a taco and beer at each one. We came up with 3 or 4 places stretching from the northside out to the valley.

  • Overnighters: starting with a "shake down" overnighter for the uninitiated. This would be at Riverside State Park in early spring. The idea would be to try out your gear/packing/etc and be close to home so it's not awful if you screwed up. Next overnighter: Long Lake.

  • Rail trail tours: from Rosalia out the John Wayne trail to where ever. Or: how far into Montana can you go 0n Rail Trails?

  • The Bead/Priest Lake weekend: ride or drive up to the Priest/Bead neighborhood, set up camp and ride the logging roads for a long weekend.

Anyone is welcome to join the forum. If this stuff sounds fun, join in the discussion and take a ride with us.


Anonymous said...

damn fine ride-lost my drivers license almost lost my keys
let this be a lesson always zip those pockets Joe

Hank Greer said...

Enjoyed the ride. From Wikipedia: The soup menudo is a traditional Ecuadorian and Mexican dish; a frequently spicy soup made with tripe. It is often thought of as a cure for a hangover.

I don't think having a hangover would have encouraged me finish the menudo. More than likely it would have given everyone a gross story to tell. I wonder what it's like an Ecuadorian restaurant.

Ken Paulman said...

It's true - one morning when I went to DeLeon's, there was a table full of Latino guys in their 20s, clearly hung over, slurping down menudo like they hadn't eaten in days.

I think you have to have grown up eating it to appreciate it.

Scott Clark said...

Sounds like a great group. Beth H and cyclofiend have had similar topics on their blogs recently--congenial, moderately-paced group rides.