Father’s Day Pre-Breakfast Bicycle Ride

June 21, 1987

This outing is becoming a tradition. I first led it on May 11, 1975. Only back then it was a Mother’s Day ride. I did not lead it every year as Bob Devine was there to carry on the tradition while I was off touring.

Twelve of us showed up at South Eugene on a very cool, cloudy Sunday morning. We headed west along the Amazon Bike Trail. The route then included a bicycle portage on the partially constructed Chamber’s connection bridge which crosses the railroad on to River Road. The bridge was in a very unfinished state with hundreds of pieces of re-bar sticking up 10 inches above the concrete deck. There were also large holes to go over or around. It was no place to lose footing — or else! We followed bike trails or bike routes almost all the way on the 16 mile, 2¼ hour ride. Almost all was on level ground. So not to make it too easy and to be sure that everyone had a good appetite, we approached the lodge by a less orthodox route finding the steepest hill and a foot trail through Hendricks Park. We arrived at about 10:30 for the excellent pancake breakfast.

Those joining in on the tour were Bob Devine, Dick Moffitt, Barb Elsen, Gene Thaxton, Norma Lockyear, Dave Predeek, Mary Bremner, Bea Fontana, Sig Otto and son Hans, Carolyn Orum and leader Marriner Orum.


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