Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting Next Weekend!

Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting Next Weekend!

The Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting is next weekend. Join us for two days of riding, camaraderie and exploration! We’ll meet at the General Store in Carson, WA, on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 9 a.m. There is only one store in Carson, so it’s easy to find.
Carson General Store
From there, we’ll ride up Panther Creek Road to Trout Lake. Faster riders can explore some side trips – I’ve been intrigued by the Guler Ice Caves for some time. We’ll have lunch at the diner in Trout Lake that is famous for its huckleberry shakes. Then we’ll return to Carson. The round trip is about 70 miles (115 km), with about 1/3 on gravel.
Unfortunately, Takhlakh Lake (top photo) is a bit far, but the scenery in that part of the Cascades is spectacular anywhere. Usually, we get great views of Mt. Adams on our rides in these parts.
I hope to have time for a bath at the famous Hotel St. Martin with its volcanic hot springs. Dinner is at the brew pub in Carson. Most of us probably will stay at the Panther Creek National Forest campground, where we’ll have a campfire that night. There are hotels for those who prefer a real bed.
On Sunday, we’ll return to Portland via the Bridge of the Gods and the Old Columbia Highway (above). It’s going to be a fun weekend, and I look forward to seeing many of you there!
About the Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting:

  • Everybody is welcome.
  • There is no registration, no fees, no services.
  • We simply publish a time and place, and anybody who wants to participate shows up and joins us.
  • Please be prepared to ride your bike self-supported. (There is no sag wagon!)
  • No need to have a special bike – we have everything from commuters to racing bikes participate.
  • It’s all about having fun and making friends.


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Comments (10)

  • Johnmark

    Hey, maybe this part of the plan but FYI there’s an organized ride in Trout Lake that day:

    June 18, 2016 at 10:53 pm
  • 47hasbegun

    Can’t wait to see some familiar faces there! I’ve learned a lot since the last un-meeting I attended and hope to put my new skills to the test.

    June 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm
  • Andrew Squirrel

    Has anyone given Trout Lake a heads up that they need to stock up on huckleberry shake ingredients for Saturday afternoon? I’m betting the turnout this year is going to be in the hundreds because of the close proximity of Portland.

    June 20, 2016 at 5:06 pm
  • Jim

    Are you guys off loading gear at the campsite prior to the days ride on Saturday. I’m continuing on after the Unmeeting to try my hand at the Mt Adams route and have some heavy panniers for a week of riding.

    June 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm
  • DavidM

    Have a great weekend All at the BQ Unmeeting, and have a thought for the riders completing the Wild Atlantic Way Audax 2100km in Ireland, finishing on the Bridge of Peace in Derry by 13:00 BST on Friday. You can track the riders on: – maybe some of your friends are riding.

    June 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm
  • Brian Sorensen

    Any tips on getting to Carson from PDX by bike? Same as the return route?

    June 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm
    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

      The best way is take the Old Columbia Highway and bike paths to the Bridge of the Gods, then cross to the Washington side and ride the few miles to Carson. The Columbia River Gorge is narrow – there isn’t room for many roads. I am sure there are interesting routes that don’t follow the gorge, but they’ll be longer and more hilly.

      June 22, 2016 at 3:02 pm

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