The weekend ride is a family affair. The CO leaders wanted to do something that would enable families to enjoy the same experiences as the week-long Cycle Oregon without having to make the same commitment in terms of time or training. Each of the weekend rides has three levels so riders can choose the one that best fits their training and expertise. For the littlest ones, there is a “Cycle Camp” of activities that entertain the children while teaching them safety and riding techniques. Certainly some of the older riders would benefit from the safety lessons. The weekend is located in a college town where dormitories are available for those families or individuals who don’t want the actual camping experience.
Rather than have dinner at the school, we chose to join her brother who was down from Everett for the weekend to help with Special Olympics at George Fox College in Newburg. He has been doing this for several years now and it was fun to get to see him and meet some of his fellow volunteers over a burger and beer. He shared that Cycle Oregon had put extra pressure on hotel rooms in the area making it harder for some of the Special Olympic families to find rooms. I guess for some riders even staying in a dorm was too rustic.